We are a KidsMatter school and aim to be a positive community which is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion.
Teaching social and emotional skills is an important part of our curriculum from R-7. We offer programs to develop each student’s capacity to fulfil their own potential and contribute positively to their family and community now and in the future. We use the following programs and strategies to help students develop self-regulation, motivation, respect, empathy, confidence, cooperation, resilience and social skills:
- Play is the Way social skills program
- Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum
- Community programs such as Creative Craft Club and Active Elders
- Flinders University and community mentors
- Student leadership opportunities such as Voice of Kids (VoK), school captains, and Year 6/7 leaders and graduate qualities program
- Cyber Safety sessions run by SAPOL
- Breakfast Club (every Wednesday 8.15-8.45 am)
We also have specially trained staff who support our students and their families:
- Deputy Principal with a focus on student wellbeing, support and engagement
- Aboriginal Community Education Officer
- Pastoral Care Worker
LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.