Student wellbeing at St Brigid’s Catholic School is central to learning and school improvement. Wellbeing refers to students’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing and development. Evidence suggests that these elements are integral rather than incidental to learning. Learners will find it difficult to engage with learning programs if they are distracted by significant physical, social and emotional issues.
Staff members play an important role in fostering engagement and wellbeing so that students are able to achieve their best and enjoy their educational experience.
The K-Series (Kid- Series) is a St Brigid’s initiative providing a variety of extracurricular programs while at the school. They are designed to meet the needs and interests of all of our students, covering a wide range of their personal interests. While most have specific aims the main goal is to allow students to develop skills beyond the classroom curriculum.
The K-series provides students with the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills while also building confidence and life skills.
K-Cook encourages students to experience specific practical hands on based learning. At the heart of K-Cook, is our focus on social and emotional learning through the skills of being creative and utilising cooking techniques, planning and completing cooking projects for enjoyment. Through this program, students in our senior years are equipped with the leadership skills to provide modelling for their younger peers. With coaching in social interactions, senior students become mentors for fellow students. All students are exposed to situations that allow sharing, conversation and interaction with numerous staff and students from a range of year levels. This allows them to broaden their social peer group while also developing relationships with different staff across the school who they feel comfortable interacting with.
K-Shed encourages students to experience specific practical hands on based learning. At the heart of K-Shed, is our focus on social and emotional learning through the skills of utilising tools and planning and completing projects for learning. Students are provided with coaching in social interactions leadership skills for our senior students to model for their fellow students. K-Shed allows students to develop skills to apply to life experience and complete projects centred on their individual interests or to improve facilities and resources we have within the school. Students are encouraged to discuss, collaborate and experiment with ideas for their projects which develop their communication skills. K-Shed operates twice a week with groups of students from all levels.
K-Garden encourages children to develop their interest in garden design during a weekly lunch time session. This group was developed from interests of a core group of students who wanted to improve the ambiance of the vegetable garden area. It was an extension from work covered in the 3/4 curriculum which the students wanted to continue throughout the year and now beyond.
K-Space was set in place at the beginning of 2014 to enable a quiet and indoor environment for recess times. K-Space aims to provide students with an alternative area at lunchtime which is quieter and not as physically active. Students choose to play chess, read, play cards, build with Lego, colour or draw, and play with other quiet activities.K-Space operates two lunchtimes per week throughout the school year. It is open to all interested students from Prep – Year 6
K-Art is for students in years 3 to 6 and is held one lunch time per week.
K-Art provides students with extra time to expand their skills, imagination and to play with media and materials. It is a time for those who are genuinely interested to extend and explore those interests in a smaller group situation. It is also an opportunity for those with like interests to share across age groups. Sewing, construction, collage, painting and drawing are some activities that are explored by students in K-Art. Students are encouraged to attend and commit to a term so that they can complete activities and explore and bring their ideas to life.
K-Sport is a lunchtime sports activity that provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills, sportsmanship and confidence through organised games. It is provided once a week throughout the school year and open to all all year levels on an alternate roster.
K-Choir operates one lunchtime per week throughout the school year. It is open to all interested students from Prep – Year 6.
Students are then given opportunities to develop music skills, a love of singing and then perform for the wider school community at school Assemblies, liturgies and talent shows.
St Brigid’s school wishes to help parents, carers and teachers to understand the technological landscape so that we can help our young people have fun, stay in control, and stay safe. As an eSmart school we want help the whole school community understand how young people use information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, mobile devices and gaming devices, to have fun. These applications also pose some issues and knowing how to minimise these risks is how young people can stay in control. If something does happen, we want to educate people on how to report these problems. For more information see Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
Rock and Water
The Rock and Water Program is an educational program run with Year 3-6 students by a trained facilitator. It aims to enhance the social, emotional, behavioural and spiritual development of students.
The program has a very positive approach. Its focus is on the qualities and developmental tasks that young people face when growing up. The aim of the program is to build a Rock and Water Person. This is a person who is aware of their own qualities and who has the courage to follow their feelings, who is willing to discover their own path and who will be able to manage the responsibilities and challenges they encounter on their way through life.
You Can Do It
You Can Do It (YCDI) is a strategy that helps children to develop social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing. This strategy is promoted across the whole school from Prep to Year 6. The YCDI strategy is supported by visual displays in classrooms and the resource area, special achievement certificates dedicated to the YCDI keys and the development of a common language across the school. The students develop an appreciation of the five YCDI keys of Confidence, Persistence, Resilience, Organisation and Getting Along and the importance they have in becoming socially, emotionally and academically successful.
Our school has run a buddy program for many years. Buddy systems can help to promote friendship and support between older and younger students through regular collaboration between their classes, which fosters a sense of whole-school community. The key characteristic of our buddy system is the participation of older students in positive, supportive, structured and facilitated one-on-one relationships with younger students. The Prep students are matched with Year 5 senior students who remain buddies for two years.
We understand that changing from one level to the next in our education system can be difficult for some students. Therefore we have developed a comprehensive transition program across the school.
Preschool to Prep Transition
During fourth term Prep teachers spend time visiting each preschool where they have the opportunity to meet and talk to the kinder teachers and the new prep students. New prep students also have the opportunity to attend ‘school’ for a number of sessions where they can meet and get to know the other students, their teachers and become comfortable with the new environment.
As students travel further up the school we continue to provide transition opportunities during fourth term. Students participate in Student Led Forums where they can ask questions about what happens/ changes from one year level to the next. Some students may have extra visits to the teacher they will have in the following year or will take home social stories about the new class they will be in. All students will also take part in an Orientation Day where they have the chance to meet their new teacher and classmates and spend some time in their new classroom.
Year Six to Secondary School
Each of the local secondary schools run events and programs to aid in the Year Six students’ smooth transition into high school. These events are organised and run by the secondary schools and usually start in term three. The Year Six teachers also have communication with staff at these schools either through forms to be completed or face to face meetings.