Student Wellbeing News

Welcome to the 2014 school year and a particularly warm welcome to all our new families. I have just returned from our school barbecue and it was heartwarming to see parents, staff and children, old and new, enjoying a fabulous get-together on a perfect Summer evening.

Over the last few years the profile of Student Wellbeing has been raised significantly across the school due to the exciting things that have been introduced for the benefit and wellbeing of your child/ren. We look forward to continuing these great things in the year ahead!

Restorative Practices/Circles

The restorative approach is based on the belief that the people best placed to resolve a conflict or a problem are the people directly involved, and that imposed solutions are less effective, less educative and possibly less likely to be honoured. The ultimate aim of this approach is to build a strong, mutually respectful, safe and inclusive school community in which everyone feels valued and heard.

During term one, classes will be discussing, sharing experiences, role-playing and listening to stories based on this approach.

A repeat session of last year’s restorative practice information night will be held later in the term, for those parents who were unable to make the last one. Date to be advised.

Positive Education

Positive Education is a strand of Positive Psychology. While mainstream psychology often focuses on people who already suffer from mental health issues, Positive Education aims to proactively increase mental resilience and wellbeing.

“There is substantial evidence from well controlled studies, that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to schoolchildren.”
Seligman et al, Positive Education: Positive Psychology and Classroom Interventions

In its infancy at East Bentleigh Primary School, teachers are continuing their professional learning in positive psy-chology/education, with shared professional reading and follow up activities.

In classrooms, ‘What Went Well’ sharing helps children from prep to 6, focus on the positives in their day. Initially modelled by the teacher, children share three things that went well for them during the day.

We will also be building our positive psychology resources this year, including several resources for parents, which will be available through the family library system.

We hope you enjoyed our Positive Psychology tasks in last year’s newsletter. Look for new tasks in our up-coming newsletters in 2014.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Lee Jellis Wellbeing Co-ordinator