Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing is integral to teaching and learning in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Victorian Curriculum and is exemplified in the PYP Learner Profile which permeates the programme and represents the qualities of internationally minded students and effective lifelong learners, thereby equipping students for a challenging world.

Beaumaris North Primary School has whole school wellbeing strategies and programs for students, staff and parents. Together these strategies create a harmonious, respectful and supportive school environment for all community members.

Circle Time, relaxation, differentiated learning groups, whole school ‘Getting to know you Units of Inquiry’, Buddy Program, various learning styles and wellbeing programs which support and promote Anti-bullying strategies including cyber bullying and friendly behaviours, all contribute to our improved ‘Behaviour Management’ records. Likewise, our extensive Curriculum, innovative and challenging learning environments and excellent teachers have resulted in improved ‘Student distress’ results.

Our commitment to the KidsMatter program, together with our inclusion in the eSmart program, supports and enhances the building of resilience and protective behaviours in our students.

Child Safety Code of Conduct & Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

 

Friendship/Buddy Bench and Table

We have two special places in the school playground where students can go when they feel the need for help, support or comfort; a 'Friendship/Buddy Bench' (seat outside the Wellbeing Room) and a ‘Friendship/Buddy Table’ (mosaic table near Art Room). Other children and staff recognise this as a sign that the student needs a friend to talk to.

 

Wellbeing Officer

BNPS employs a school-based registered Psychologist as our Wellbeing Officer to support the health and wellbeing of staff, families and students at BNPS.

Role

This role includes but is not limited to:

  • Individual counselling and support for students and staff.
  • Implementing school-wide and year-level mental health promotion programs.
  • Small group work with students to expand on specific skills.
  • Support for staff in managing students with challenging behaviours, learning difficulties, highly abilities and mental health issues.
  • Referrals to other services.
  • Providing professional development on a variety of mental health and learning issues for staff.
  • Providing information evenings on a variety of mental health, wellbeing and safety topics for parents.
  • Maintaining the Wellbeing library with resources available for students, staff and parents to borrow.
  • Disseminating information to the school community about a range of mental health and wellbeing topics.
  • Supporting applications for the Program for Students with a Disability.

Can parents book appointments?

The Wellbeing Officer must be contacted via the Assistant Principal or Principal. Appointments cannot be booked directly with the Wellbeing Officer.

When does the Wellbeing Officer get involved with students?

The Wellbeing Officer accepts referrals from teachers and parents to assist with a variety of issues. However, the Wellbeing Officer is only able to accept counselling referrals for issues that are directly impacting upon the student’s functioning at school. The Wellbeing Officer is able to provide information to parents about seeking private psychological assistance by obtaining a Mental Health Plan from a GP in cases where a referral cannot be accepted.

The Wellbeing Officer is able to provide a brief, time-limited service in order to ensure fair access to all students, and so there may be times where seeking the services of a private psychologist is preferable to reduce the wait time for the student and allow for more ongoing support.

Wellbeing Programs

BNPS is committed to the physical and mental wellbeing of our students. Every student from Foundation to Year 6 participates in regular social and emotional learning programs as part of the Curriculum. These programs are enhanced by a variety of incursions designed to improve social skills, enhance mental health and prevent bullying (refer to Year Level Information 'Excursions and Incursions'). In addition, all year levels participate in Circle Time sessions throughout the year.

The following school wide initiatives also enhance the wellbeing of our students: