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.
School Values and Agreements
At Wagaman we work towards building a sense of community through our school values of Kindness, Curiosity and Persistence.
Our Agreements are based on the Tribes Teaching and Learning Community process. It is utilised to create positive school and classroom environments, and is an effective way to improve behaviour and learning. Our school agreements are:
- Attentive Listening
- Mutual Respect
- Personal Best
Students at Wagaman are supported to honour the agreements in all that they do. They learn collaborative skills and classes hold regular community or yarning circles to support the development of positive classroom communities.
Our Wellbeing History
In 2013, Wagaman Primary was awarded national recognition as a KidsMatter school. KidsMatter Primary was a mental health and wellbeing framework that was proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. In 2017, KidsMatter became Be You. To find our more, please see the Be You website www.beyou.edu.au/
Each week, 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. Our school uses a number of resources to explicitly teach social and emotional skills. These include NT Social and Emotional Learning, Bounce Back program and Smiling Mind.
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.