The School acknowledges the responsibility to ensure that, while at school, all students are given opportunities to develop positive attitudes and appropriate values. All students need to develop acceptance and understanding of others and their needs. At Lakes Grammar all students have the right to feel safe and to be treated as unique persons made in the image of God. They in turn must acknowledge, through their actions, a duty to respect the rights of others.
At Lakes Grammar this is supported by the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) framework, which has its core messages relating to three key terms - Respect, Responsibility and Care. PBL is used to provide a structure by which students learn, understand and adhere to appropriate and acceptable behaviours. This involves the active development of social and emotional skills that allow all students to flourish.
Students are explicitly taught and have modelled what these expectations mean for their behaviour in the classroom, the playground and other key areas of the school. We aim to help our students to become responsible citizens, who can contribute to their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them.
Both Campus are supported by a Wellbeing Team which includes a Counsellor, a Chaplain and a Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing. These roles can either work independently or together depending on the circumstance, and provide pastoral care, emotional support and the implementation of programs focused on building resilience and self-esteem.
Teachers in the Junior School seek to nurture each child in a supportive, caring Christian environment with each child being treated as an individual. Supported by our Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing, programs such as Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) reward students for achieving set targets and demonstrating positive behaviour. The Junior School has also recently introduced the well-respected KidsMatter program, which is a mental health and wellbeing framework to assist in nurturing happy, well-balanced children. Our Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing also assists teachers with discipline follow-up and student wellbeing issues.
Integrating Wellbeing Programs into our school curriculum
Lakes Grammar Habits
Teaches children explicitly how to interact with one another for a harmonious community.
Friendly Schools Plus blended with the new PDH syllabus
The research-based ‘Friendly Schools Plus’ program is blended with the ‘Personal Development and Health’ syllabus and is delivered by both our specialist PDH teacher and classroom teachers The program provides a variety of whole-school strategies based on the Health Promoting Schools model to increase understanding and awareness of bullying; increase communication about bullying; promote adaptive responses to bullying; promote peer and adult support for students who are bullied; and promote peer as well as adult discouragement of bullying behaviour. The program also addresses research evidence suggesting that the development of resilience, positive-self esteem, empathy, cooperation, friendship skills, social skills, self management skills, decision making, emotional management and conflict resolution can help to protect people from the harmful effects of bullying, as well as helping them to build positive peer relationships.
Life Education Van
The primary school program consists of 13 curriculum based modules focusing on issues around food and nutrition, personal safety, physical activity, cyber safety, safety with medicine and legal drugs; tobacco, alcohol and caffeine. Empowering children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education.
Christian Development Lessons
Teaching children about Jesus Christ who in helping bring people to a new relationship with Him will regenerate hearts and minds. Our school chaplain Mr Peter Oates provides pivotal leadership in this area. He is supported by the staff praying for children and explaining the gospel to them.
Library – Online Digital Citizenship
Mr Summers implements a unit on “Cyberbullying” and “Digital citizenship” with students from years 1 – 6 every second year. He uses information and resources from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
A range of proactive programs to support our school culture
The Peer Support programme aims to equip older student to support and work with younger students. This in turn achieves the building of positive relationships amongst students across the Junior School to contribute to positive adjustment and buffer against stressors and adversities.
Peer Support leaders are trained to deliver scheduled workshops with students from younger year levels, covering topics and skills that are designed to help them make friends, build confidence and flourish. In the Peer Support workshop students are introduced to the skills of listening, assertiveness, giving instructions and planning, to make sure they not only conduct themselves professionally but to ensure each workshop contains relevant and age appropriate content and themes.
Furthermore, the Peer Support Program develops a protective culture within Lakes Grammar, where senior students become mentors and ports of contact for younger students to seek out in times of need. This develops a supportive environment that fosters student relationships between year levels and creates a more connected and understanding school community.
Student Representative Council
At Lakes Grammar students have a voice and are able to make a valuable contribution to their school. It is important that students be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the school. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the school. Student voice plays an important part in the day to day proceedings of Lakes to cater for a wider range of student needs, increase student involvement and participation and support students working through democratic processes to bring about change and deal with issues which they deem as important for their school and wider community.
ACER online Student Wellbeing survey
Is a confidential strength-based survey for students aged three to 18 years. The SEW Survey provides schools with information about their student population (whole school, specific year levels or targeted groups), which can be used to direct planning and problem-solving efforts. The survey is used to assess the wellbeing of students on an annual basis, identify the social and emotional needs of student groups, target resourcing to specific areas of need and measure the effectiveness of Wellbeing programs.
One of the earlier preventative factors for students is to provide enjoyable activities for them to be involved in we have groups such as – Cru group, Chess Club, Gardening Club, Coding Club, Lego Club. The school also runs its own Netball and Athletics clubs. These promote community and connectedness.
In the Senior School students learn to take more responsibility for their own learning. Dedicated staff oversee student wellbeing programs to assist these early secondary years and beyond. Students require strong mentoring roles and teachers who can guide them through the early years of adolescence, then through some of the most stressful years of their schooling life as they prepare to sit the HSC.
Our Director of Student Wellbeing oversees programs focused on anti-bullying, cyber-safety and resilience-building programs. From early secondary years students are taught positive coping abilities and maintenance of sense of self in the face of stressful and difficult circumstances.
The welfare and wellbeing of our students is supported by a Individual Education Plans for students with special needs or students just requiring some additional emotional support.