Wellbeing at Carlton North PS
At Carlton North PS student wellbeing is the foundation of all school activities and programs. Our goal is to provide a safe and engaging environment that supports and promotes the behavioural, emotional and cognitive wellbeing of all our students.
The following approaches are used to support our students to achieve success in a safe and engaging school environment.
At Carlton North PS we have committed to using the Kidsmatter framework to develop students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). Social emotional learning (SEL) of our students is paramount. Kidsmatter provides a structure of 5 SEL competencies which we are implementing Foundation to Year 6 to support child development.
Social and Emotional Skills (SEL)
School is not only about reading, writing and mathematics. It’s also about making friends, learning how to work with others and knowing how to be responsible for yourself.
Knowing how to manage feelings and get on with others are important skills for everyone. This kind of learning starts in early childhood with parents and carers as children’s most important first teachers.
Research has found that teaching children social and emotional skills at school as well as at home makes a positive difference to their wellbeing. Social and Emotional Skills (SEL) help school children settle in the classroom and get on with learning.
The kinds of social and emotional skills that are important for children to develop have been identified by researchers as:
Understanding feelings, self-confidence.
Respecting and understanding others, and appreciating differences between people.
Managing emotions, being able to set goals and stick to them.
Choosing wisely and thoughtfully.
Cooperating, communicating, making friends and resolving conflict.
Research shows that children benefit most from social and emotional learning when social and emotional learning is taught in regular school lessons and matched to children’s learning stages; this is the approach we implement at Carlton North PS.
Carlton North Primary accesses KidsMatter Primary framework resources via www.kidsmatter.edu.au/
SWPBS (School Wide Positive Behaviour Support) and RRRR (Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships) at CNPS
At Carlton North Primary School, our Wellbeing program is complemented and supported by two amazing initiatives aimed at developing students’ personal, social and emotional skills and resilience.
“School-wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) is a framework that brings together school communities to develop positive, safe, supportive learning cultures” .
CNPS aims to enhance student and staff wellbeing by implementing SWPBS with the aim of:
- increased respectful and positive behaviour
- increased time focused on instruction
- improved social-emotional wellbeing
- positive and respectful relationships among students and staff
- increased adoption of evidence-based instructional practices
- a predictable learning environment with improved perceptions of safety and increased attendance
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) learning materials cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across Primary and Secondary Education. These topics include:
- Emotional Literacy
- Personal Strengths
- Positive Coping
- Problem Solving
- Stress Management
- Help Seeking
- Gender and Identity
- Positive Gender Relations
(Department of Education, Victoria)