Student Wellbeing is at the centre of all our actions and interactions at Flemington Primary School: teacher-child; teacher-parent; teacher-teacher; child to child.
There are many elements to wellbeing, some dependent on the age and year level of the child; others dependent on the family circumstances.
In 2015, Flemington Primary School commenced involvement in the State-wide Positive Behaviours in Schools project. Our Welfare team are using our agreed school values developed in 2014 with the new Strategic Plan:
BE YOUR BEST: Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful & Be Ready to Learn
to develop a matrix of expected behaviours in all places around the school.
The whole school focus on Prevention and Intervention.
We aim to empower individuals and teams to enable a sense of connectedness, purpose and enthusiasm for learning and life. We attempt to help build self confidence, self esteem and resilience in order for our students to approach new experiences, opportunities and challenges with self-assurance and energy.
Our focus is on expectations rather than rules, consequences rather than punishments and problem solving rather that conflict. Our discussions with children is characterised by expressions such as getting along, cooperation and respect.
At the commencement of eacfh year, all children, teachers and grades follow a classroom culture of respect, co-operation and positive relationships. We provide a child centred, developmentally appropriate learning environment that recognises, fosters and promotes the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each child. We understand that many children have unique wellbeing and learning needs and we are committed to addressing these needs.
2. The Buddy Program - Students in Year 4 are assigned buddies in the Prep classes and mentor them over the first 3 years of school. The Buddies meet regularly in the first weeks of school, eating play lunch together, reading with them and providing a friendly face at lunchtimes. As Year 4 students, this assists with developing leadership skills but also allows a long term friendship to grow.
4. Positive Behaviours - the student behaviour and discipline program is based on a combination of the "Solving the Jigsaw", Naming It! and "Cool, Weak, Aggro" strategies. Students are encoouraged to be confident and name inappropriate behaviours, seek help from an adult and report problems to their teachers. They are also encouraged to think about their behaviurs and responses to situations, and to refer to the You Can Do It! catastrophe scale.
Any incident of physical or verbal aggression or bullying are dealt with immediately by the Principal or Assistant Principal.
5. eSmart - as part of our ICT Code of Conduct, all children are taught about safe and appropriate use of techology. In later years this also includes cyber safety and being eSmart. Guest speakers advise the children and their parents on eSmart practices and safe use of social media.
6. A clear Anti-Bullying Policy which supports the DEECD strategy 'Safe Schools are Effective Schools'. This highlights that every student has the right to feel safe from bullying at school.