Student Wellbeing


Araluen Primary School has a commitment to student wellbeing and provide a range of programs and supports as detailed below.

 

The Resilience Project (TRP)

Our mission with The Resilience Project’s Partnership Program is a whole school approach to teach social skill development and positive mental health strategies to help students become happier and more resilient both during school years and into adulthood. The research is clear (click here); the more positive emotion you experience, the more resilient you will be. 

 

For that reason we focus on three key pillars proven to cultivate positive emotion; 

 

Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM)

 

The program also has a strong focus on Connection, Purpose, Kindness, Emotional Literacy and Physical Health. Every class participates in the weekly GEM lessons focusing on a particular aspect of social skill development and mental health wellbeing, and is imbedded in our learning throughout the year. 

 

 

Student Wellbeing Officer

The school has a Student Wellbeing Officer available Wednesday to Friday who provides a range of services to students and families. Our SWO also runs the Seasons for Growth program and provides one-on-one mentoring and guidance to students when needed.

 

 

Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based change, loss and grief education program that draws on the metaphor of the seasons to understand the experience of grief. Over 300,000 children have participated in Seasons for Growth programs in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. It builds the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing following significant loss by:

  • Exploring the impact of change and loss
  • Learning about effective ways to respond and adapt

Students learn that they are not alone in their experience of change, loss and grief, and are able to build their communication, decision making and problem solving skills within the context of a safe and supportive peer group learning environment.

 

Seasons for Growth programs are held in small junior and senior groups throughout the year. Any child may be referred by a teacher with parental consent or at the request of a parent. This is a free service.

 

 

Buddies

Our weekly Buddies program promotes social and emotional development, and helps to build and support networks for students in Foundation and Foundation Support. It promotes a sense of community and belonging in the school. 

 

Foundation and Foundation Support students are paired with students from Grade 4 and 5 and remain connected in the following year. Buddies meet every week to strengthen bonds by solving problem-based STEM projects together and participating in physical activities such as sports and dance.

 

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is organised by our Student Wellbeing Coordinator with the assistance of our wonderful parent volunteers. Breakfast is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am in the Coolibah Cafe. Breakfast is provided at no charge and is available to all students to give them a healthy start to their day.

 

 

School Nurse

Each year, children in Foundation undergo a full medical check-up by a school nurse from the Department of Human Services. The School Nurse runs an information session for Foundation parents prior to the annual medical checks. He / she also follows up on children in other grades previously identified with medical concerns. Any other children may be referred by a teacher or at the request of a parent. This is a free service.

 

 

Educational Support Services

Personnel to assist schools in both Education Programs/Assessments and Student Services (Counselling and Guidance / Speech Pathology) are available, after consultation with the school.