Learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked — students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised, and they develop a strong sense of wellbeing when they experience success in learning. We aim to be proactive in managing student wellbeing, not just reactive. Our whole school social and emotional learning program gives everyone a common language to develop the social and emotional skills to be successful in school, experience wellbeing and have positive relationships with others. Our aim is to develop students who are self-regulating, responsible and accountable, who are able to problem solve and show empathy towards others.
Chandler Park Primary School is a registered Kids Matter school and has implemented Kids Matter across our school. KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. Kids Matter has helped us to build a more positive, proactive and healthy culture in our school, clearly focused on the wellbeing of our students, as well as healthy relationships across our whole community. Our Learn to Learn program is implemented at the commencement of each year to reinforce the Kids Matter principles and policy.
In addition, each year level has developed You Can Do It and Play is the Way activities for students to focus on the 4 foundations of: Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Organisation. Students are supported to develop social and emotional learning goals during term one and parents are invited to participate in a discussion about their goals with their child and the classroom teacher.
We encourage students, staff and parents to contact their classroom teachers and the wellbeing teacher to discuss any concerns they may have for their child’s wellbeing. Chandler Park Primary School has a number of programs and policies to support the wellbeing of our students. Our wellbeing program is further supported by clinicians from the Education Department including Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech and Occupational Therapists, on a needs/referral basis.
KidsMatter Primary is all about children’s mental health and wellbeing. This initiative promotes and focuses on prevention and early intervention to ensure our school can nurture happy and balanced children. KidsMatter is not a program but a framework with a whole school approach that helps build protective factors and reduce risk factors that research has shown can make a difference to students’ mental health and wellbeing.
How does it work – Chandler Park began training teachers in KidsMatter Primary in 2013 and this year, the Student Wellbeing Team are all members of the KidsMatter Action Team. The school is currently working on Component 2 which looks at strengthening the students’ social-emotional wellbeing. To do this, each year level is developing some new You Can Do It (YCDI) activities and planning to refocus on the 4 foundations of:
Getting Along Confidence Persistence Organisation
KidsMatter focuses on creating positive school communities that support the mental health and wellbeing of every member of the school community. There are four core components each with specific targets and goals. The framework supports planning and activity around the four components and a planned whole school approach. It is expected to take between 18 months and three years to complete the first KidsMatter cycle of school change.
The core components are:
- Positive school community
- Social and emotional learning for students
- Working with parents
- Helping children with mental health difficulties
- The best interests of children are paramount
- Respectful relationships are foundational
- Diversity is respected and valued
- Parents and carers are recognized as the most important people in children’s lives
- Parents and teachers support children best by working together
- Students need to be active participants
- Schools, health and community agencies work together with families.
The KidsMatter Website: https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary
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“ Operation Tick Tock”
Chandler Park Primary School is practising “Operation Tick Tock” . Each week the class with the best attendance record will be presented with The Chandler Park Attendance Cup which will stay on display in their classroom for the week.
Each term the class with the best attendance and the class with the least recorded late arrivals to school will be rewarded with Hot Chips lunch during the last week of each term.
Attendance: It’s not ok to be away, or late.
Please remember that when your child is absent from school a note or call to the office is needed to explain the absence, as this is a department of Education requirement. The school is required by the Department of Education to contact parents each day if the school hasn’t already been notified of student absences.
Getting your child to school on-time every day, unless they are sick, is something that you can do to ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.
Being away from school for one day a fortnight equals missing 1.5 years over 13 years of school
Why it’s important
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.
There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.
Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.
Getting in early
Attendance patterns are established early – a child regularly missing days in kindergarten or in the early years of school will often continue to miss classes in the later years, and receive lower test scores than their classmates.
It’s vital that students go to school every day – even in the early years of primary school.
In Victoria school is compulsory for children and young people aged 6 -17 years
The main reasons for absence are:
Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and developing good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.
Family holidays – It’s vital that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term. If you are planning to go on holiday during term time, make sure that you talk to your child’s school in advance, and work with them to develop an absence learning plan.
“Day off” – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts.
Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission. There can be many reasons for truancy. The best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.
Every Day Counts
Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible.
Openly communicating with your child’s school about all absences is a good way to prevent attendance issues being escalated to a School Attendance Officer. A School Attendance Officer is a Department of Education and Training Regional Director who has authority to follow up attendance issues. Chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated can lead to an Infringement Notice being issued to parents.
Top attendance tips for parents
- Schools want to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting your child’s school and asking for advice and support
- Remember that every day counts
- There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness
- Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day
- Open and prompt communication with your child’s school about all absences is a good idea
- Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term
- Seek help from your school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. Schools want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing.
Breakfast Club began at Chandler Park Primary School in 2018. It is a social environment where all students are welcome to attend. Breakfast Club runs everyday from 8:15am until 8:45am. Students can have toast, toasted cheese sandwiches, milk, fruit and cereal. Please come along and join us! Free to all students!