Our Junior School Wellbeing Team includes a Counsellor, Chaplain and Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing.
Our Junior School Counsellor is a trained psychologist who assists staff to care for our students' wellbeing. Our Counsellor runs a variety of social & emotional wellbeing programs, in particular the Cool Kids program. Cool Kids is a 10-session program for children and adolescents. It uses a cognitive behavioural approach which means that it focuses on teaching skills to manage anxiety.
Our Chaplain leads our weekly Chapel services separately for K-2 and 3-6. The Chaplain is available to provide spiritual support for students and their families.
Our Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing oversees the programs we implement within our Junior School. Harmony Day, R U OK? Day, Bullying No Way Day are just some of the focus days in which our social justice message can be shared with our students.
Integrated Wellbeing programs embedded into our school curriculum
Lakes Grammar Habits
This program is aimed at teaching children explicitly how to interact with one another for a harmonious community. The program focuses on two habits per week with some focusing on learning capacities such as collaboration and persistence, whilst others are focused on moral harmony and integrity including kindness, honesty and empathy.
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, co-operation, 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.
Library – Online Digital Citizenship
Through the Library we implement a unit on “Cyberbullying” and “Digital citizenship” with students from Years 1 – 6 every second year. Information and resources from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are used to deliver this program.
A range of proactive programs support our positive school culture
ACER online Student Wellbeing survey
Is a confidential strength-based survey for students aged three to 18. 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, library, gardening club, and organised sports after school, such as the Netball and Athletics clubs. These promote community and connectedness.