Student Engagement and Wellbeing
At Epping Primary School we strive to provide a positive, safe and secure learning environment which promotes mutual respect, trust and relationship building, to enable students to reach their full potential. We are committed to prioritising student wellbeing and we actively work to provide support and learning for our students, staff and school community.
The implementation of programs and processes that promote positive relationships across all year levels and educate students about health and wellbeing, are key elements of this.
Programs, Procedures, Projects & Processes we provide
- Restorative Practices
- Start up Program
- Social Emotional Awareness Program (SEA)
- Buddy Program
- Clubs and Extracurricular Activities
- Protective Behaviours - A Personal Safety Program for Students
- Student Leadership Program
- Volunteer Program at our local Nursing Home and local Kindergartens
- Counselling and Support
- Student Support Services
- Come Along Cup
- Tuning In To Kids
- Resilience Project
For further brief explanations about these programs, procedures, projects and processes please continue reading!!!!
Epping Primary School have embedded the Restorative Practices Approach to behaviour management and problem solving conflicts.
Restorative Practices (RP) provides a proactive whole school approach for building a school community based on cooperation, mutual understanding and respect. Restorative Practices provides processes for holding students accountable for their choices, actions and behaviour while at the same time building and repairing relationships within a nurturing school environment.
‘Start Up’ program
In the first two weeks of the school year, all teachers and students explore issues around building a positive learning environment that is engaging, organised and has established routines. The Start-up Program enables us all to get to know each other and build common understandings of who we are and how we work together as members of Epping Primary School. Building positive relationships with our students is a continual process that helps connect our school values vision mission and sense of belonging within the classroom and school community.
Social and Emotional Awareness Program (SEA)
These processes and practices provide a framework for a broad range of proactive approaches that support social skills teaching, learning and development. All students are provided with explicit teaching related to Social and Emotional Awareness. Students are provided with the tools and principles needed to resolve problems, deal with conflict in a positive way and build relationships
Our Buddy Program involves the senior students being paired with the Prep students. Planned activities between the classes are held so that the students involved become friends and are there to support each other. This provides a ‘buddy’ for the younger student and gives the older student the opportunity to develop leadership skills and responsibility.
Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities
Students have the opportunity to attend or take part in the following clubs:
- Breakfast Club
- Chess Club
- Library at Lunchtime Club
- Social Groups
- EBT - Energy Breakthrough
Protective Behaviours - A Personal Safety Program for Students
We teach students about Protective Behaviours. Protective Behaviours is a personal safety program created by the Children’s Protection Society of Victoria. The program aims to promote resilience in children, and young people using empowerment strategies, clear communication and awareness of “safe” behaviours.
Behaviours sessions is the key messages and 2 fundamental phrases:”“we all have the “right to be safe all of the time” and “nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone”
Year 6 students have the opportunity to participate in activities that encourage them to work together collaboratively to achieve their goals. The Leadership Program aims to teach Year 6 students the following:
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Ethics and responsibilities associated with leadership
- Importance of being involved in their community and assisting the needy
The program uses ideas and concepts from the ‘Australian Young Leadership Program’ developed by Michael Gross, a very well regarded child psychologist.
Volunteer Program at Nursing Centre & Kindergarten
Year 6 Students are given the opportunity to participate in an ongoing volunteer program at the local Nursing Centre in Epping. Orientation is provided to students prior to commencing the volunteer program so that students are fully aware of their obligations, limitations and privacy and confidentiality issues.
We value and promote student voice and engagement in all aspects of school and community life. Students have opportunities to take on various roles of leadership within the school community. Student voice is heard and valued through Student School Leader meetings and Student Representative Council (SRC) meetings. Students also have the opportunity to become School Captains, House Captains or Student Representative Council members.
Counselling and support
Qualified Counsellors are employed at each campus. Through this service, students and families are assisted to work through personal issues which cover a wide spectrum that may be impacting upon their school work and personal life. The Student Counsellors are available to provide students with the necessary support at school and offer ongoing individual and group counselling.
Student Support Services
Through a school referral process, students have access to services provided by the D.E.T. (Department of Education and Training). Such services include Speech Pathology, Psychological assessments and Educational assessments
Come Along Cup
The Greenbrook Campus has introduced the Come Along Cup – a Program designed to promote attendance and punctuality throughout the school and rewards classrooms with least absences and latecomers.
Tuning In To Kids - Emotionally Intelligent Parenting
Tuning in to Kids shows you how to help your child develop emotional intelligence. Children with higher emotional intelligence have greater success with making and keeping friends, concentration better at school. They are more able to calm down when upset or angry and tend to have fewer childhood illnesses. Emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ! This program is run for parents and guardians at various times throughout the year.
Our whole school community, staff, parents and students, had the opportunity to be involved in presentations about The Resilience Project. This project has become renowned for explaining how we can get the tools we need to live a happier and more fulfilling life. The key strategies are to practise GEM, Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness.
Refugee Education Support Program
The Refugee Education Support Program was started in 2017 as a partnership between the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Whittlesea Community Connections and Epping Primary School. CMY provided funding for 2017.
During this time, we supported students with language support after school as well as providing their families with access to government programs and assistance to help with their assimilation into Australian culture and way of life. We provided a safe space for families to create a network with each other where experiences could be shared and friendships could be formed between them.
The major needs the project set out to address, as identified by the schools RESP action team, focused on supporting students from refugee and EAL backgrounds by providing; additional oral language support, support for students transitioning from
English language school and targeted support to build student confidence and social connectedness.