Kids Matter – Student Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is vital for learning and life. Children who are mentally healthy learn better and have stronger relationships with family members, school staff and peers. They are better equipped to meet life’s challenges and to contribute productively to their families, friends and society in ways that are appropriate for their age.

Mentally healthy students arrive at school ready to learn and are more likely to achieve academic success. At Burnside Primary School we strive to ensure the wellbeing and care of our students both physically and emotionally. Therefore we are excited to announce our involvement with the KidsMatter initiative.

KidsMatter is a national programme that aims to contribute to improving mental health and wellbeing, reducing mental health difficulties amongst students, and increasing support for students experiencing mental health difficulties.

KidsMatter Primary was developed in collaboration with beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, and the Principals Australia Institute, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and beyondblue.

Through KidsMatter, schools undertake a two to three year cyclical process in which they plan and take action using a comprehensive whole-school approach to mental health promotion, prevention and intervention.

At Burnside Primary School we have developed an Action team that will guide, plan and promote KidsMatter in our school. The Action team consists of Angela Elkin (Deputy Principal), Sheila Chehade (CPSWorker) along with staff members Dionne Kelly, Dennis Smith, Lisa Vermeeren, Jane Glasson, Amanda Rankine and Michelle Henderson. The team work diligently towards ensuring our school provides a happy, safe environment where children, staff and the community feel valued, supported, included and a sense of belonging.

More information is available from the Action team members or on the website, www.kidsmatter.edu.au

The Flourish Program – an open letter to our students in support of how they are flourishing

In Term 1, 2017 we had a school review. Three people from DECD came to visit our school to talk with staff, many students and the community. They observed all the quality teaching and learning experiences and gave some feedback about how Burnside Primary school is doing.

We are very proud of the feedback we received and would like our students to know some of the key things from this review.

Our school was rated as a ‘high-performing’ school – the highest outcome that can be given!
Everyone: students, staff and parents have high-expectations of learning and being a ‘quality learner’
There is a strong sense of belonging based on us respecting each other.
Our school NAPLAN results are consistently good and we are achieving higher than similar schools in Years 3 and 7.
Students highly regard specialist learning areas and the many extra-curricular learning opportunities.
Students have a strong sense of being a powerful learner: you learn from your mistakes, collaborate with others, try hard(er) and take risks
As a community we support each other to achieve our ‘personal best’
Teachers challenge you in your learning and give you tasks that are open-ended and problem-based
Flexible classroom learning spaces are helping you to be creative and collaborative learners
Teachers at our school do a great job and continue to learn too
Learning is enhanced by the use of digital tools and this is highly evident across the school
Every voice is heard in school decisions

We would like to say how proud we are of you as a student and the effort you are putting in to being the best learner you can be.

Some of the next steps they told us, that will help us to continue being a high-performing school include:
Student leaders helping to plan inquiry and develop assessment tasks
Staff develop skills in peer coaching to support each other with feedback
Students knowing ‘how’ they can improve in their learning
We look forward to hearing ideas from you about how we can achieve this together.
Next week some of you have NAPLAN testing and we would like to remind you of all the quality learning you have demonstrated throughout the year. Remember come to school ready to do your personal best for the NAPLAN test: read the questions carefully, think about your answer, try to answer all the questions and check your answers at the end.

Most importantly, when you get your results you can be proud of yourself as you will have done the very best you can!

Well done!