Our school is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all our students. We have trained staff in a range of programs that support the development of the whole child and provide students with the strategies to manage challenges and live a happy and successful life. Some of our programs include:
The Zones of Regulation program is designed to help students learn to identify their feelings and emotional reactions. It encourages self-regulation across a range of different situations. Students learn to identify their feelings and develop their own ‘toolbox’ on how to cope with different emotions. By teaching students to manage their emotions and self-regulate they will be able to ensure they are in the right ‘zone’ for learning.
Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle. An important part of this is recognising our own personal Character Strengths as well as the character strengths of others. Often we fixate on the negatives or the areas for improvement but spotting strengths in ourselves and others can help to build a growth mindset.
Restorative Practices aims to foster respectful relationships between students and provides them with the language and skills to effectively solve conflicts together. A Restorative Approach involves allowing everyone involved in a conflict to tell their story and be heard. Everyone is important and treated fairly. With support from teachers, opportunities are created for all parties to understand, reflect on and learn from the experience in a respectful way. Circle Time is an integral part of this program and gives all students the opportunity to get to know each other, develop empathy for their peers, discuss issues and solve social problems together.
This program was developed by the CCC Foundation in partnership with Yarra Valley Psychology to support students to share their concerns. We are fortunate to be a pilot school for the program which trained staff in recognising signs and responding to student concerns. The program provides a ‘face’ to mentors similar to First Aid Officers. Students have the opportunity to participate in class activities, attend Let’s Talk lunchtime clubs or request one on one conversations with a mentor. The aim is to encourage students to share their concerns while feeling empowered to implement strategies discussed with their mentor.
Mount Pleasant Road Primary School is one of the few schools in Victoria who have completed the Achievement Program, which is part of Healthy Together Victoria, and achieved accreditation in 2017. The program aims to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play. The Healthy Together program explores eight different areas; Healthy Eating and Oral Health, Physical Activity, Sun Protection, Tobacco Control, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Safe Environments, Alcohol and other Drug Use, and Sexual Health and Wellbeing.