Social, Emotional and Education Learning
It is our vision…
At Pascoe Vale Primary School the students, staff, parents and the local community have the right to learn, teach, work and participate in an environment that is safe, respectful and supportive.
The Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians (2008) states: “Schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians”.
At Pascoe Vale Primary School all students participate in a weekly session promoting aspects of social, emotional and educational health. Many of these sessions will take place in the SEEL area (PELC Building). This area is a calm, multipurpose space where our SEEL activities take place. These are some of the areas that SEEL covers throughout the year:-
Code of conduct
Pascoe Vale Start Up program
Positive communities-Multi-age groups
The School Council SEEL Sub-Committee is established every year after the School Council Annual General Meeting. Our major focus is supporting the school’s SEEL program and getting parent input and involvement. The SEEL sub-committee is made up of parents and teachers and is always happy to welcome new members to contribute to their valuable work.
KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. KidsMatter Primary significantly improved:
the mental health and wellbeing of students
the quality of school work
the ability of parents, carers and teachers to help children deal with problems
NAPLAN results – when a school implemented KidsMatter Primary well.
KidsMatter Primary was developed by the Australian Government Department of Health, beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, and the Principals Australia Institute. KidsMatter Primary aims to help:
improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary school students
reduce mental health problems in students
achieve greater support for students with mental health problems and their families.
The following information pamphlets in pdf format from KidsMatter share some terrific ideas about ‘A Positive School Community”
Why connect at school?
Belonging at school makes a difference
What makes a positive school community?
Positive Communities Program
Kidsmatter During Terms two and three on Wednesday afternoons all the children at Pascoe Vale PS are participating in our Positive Communities Program. The Grade 6 students are working with their Prep buddies using the Better Buddies Program (from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation). 19 Grade 5 children are working with all the Grade 3 students using the Peer Support Program. The Grade 5 students completed Peer Support leadership training earlier this year. All the other children are working in mixed age groups. The first session for the multi aged groups on Wednesday was ‘Getting to know you!’ activities. The focus for these sessions will be SEEL based (Social, Emotional Educational Learning) especially developing good relationships with other children and teachers across the school.
The Peer Support Program
Kidsmatter The Peer Support program provides students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve mental wellbeing. It develops key skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership. How does the Peer Support Program Work? – It empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society and it develops leadership skills through a 1 day leadership training program. At Pascoe Vale Primary the trained Peer leaders work with multi age groups of 5-6 Grade 3 students. Daniel Faoro and Kelsey Pritchard have been trained to implement this program at Pascoe Vale PS.
As part of our Kidsmatter program – Module 1 Positive Communities – we are starting a ‘Coffee Club’. The aim is to get parents and carers to feel welcome and part of the school while making connections with other parents and carers. It is planned to be in the Out of School Hours room on Mondays after assembly – see the news letter for when!
The Better Buddies Program is an initiative designed to create friendly and caring school communities where bullying is reduced. This Framework is an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation which can be used to support our school buddy system. The Better Buddies lessons are for children in their first and last year of primary school. Each week the junior buddies partner up with their Grade six buddy to learn about caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. All children receive and interact with the mascot – Better Buddies’ purple bear.