The wellbeing of all members of our community is a high priority
Wagaman Primary School prides itself on its strong Social and Emotional Learning culture. Social and Emotional Learning is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. These skills help students cope with difficulties and promote resilience. Children who have well developed skills in this area find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, resolve conflict and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. Wagaman Primary school is a KidsMatter school.
Wagaman School Values
At Wagaman we work towards building a sense of community through our school values of Kindness, Curiosity and Persistence.
The Tribes Teaching and Learning Community process is utilised at Wagaman to create positive school and classroom environments. It is an effective way to improve behaviour and learning.
Tribes is a process in which five agreements are honoured. These agreements are:
- Attentive Listening
- Mutual Respect
- Personal Best
- The Right to Pass
Students at Wagaman are supported to honour the agreements in all that they do. They learn collaborative skills and classes hold regular community circles as part of the Tribes process to support the development of positive classroom communities.
KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework that is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. In 2013 Wagaman Primary was awarded national recognition as a KidsMatter school. Every Monday afternoon all classes across our school participate in wellbeing lessons. Students are taught protective factors strengthening their mental health and making them less likely to develop mental health difficulties. The “Bounceback” resource is used to explicitly teach social and emotional skills.
To find our more please see the KidsMatter website https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/
Rock and Water
Rock and Water is a long standing program at Wagaman Primary School. The aim of the program is to increase student’s self-awareness, self-confidence and social functioning by adopting a 'rock' or 'water' attitude to life situations. It is delivered through engaging games, exercises and reflection.
It teaches students:
- Verbal and emotional expression,
- Identity development,
- Physical boundaries and personal safety,
- Emotional and behavioural regulation, and
- Skills required to respond to and manage aggressive tendencies in both themselves and others.