At Whorouly Primary School, we are committed to ensuring the wellbeing, emotional health and resilience of all our students.
Our staff teach students a range of strategies to help deal with the increasing prevalence of anxiety, depression and mental health issues in young people. While we acknowledge that statistically these issues occur in teenage years, the experiences associated with bushfires and the COVID-19 Pandemic has made it vitally important that we do everything we can to support students in their early years.
Through the National Chaplaincy Program, Glenn our chaplain, provides significant wellbeing support across our school community.
Bluearth is an important program to support wellbeing at Whorouly Primary School.
The Bluearth Approach is a holistic approach to physical activity and wellbeing. The Approach utilises movement, motivation and learning to support, encourage, enable and challenge active living. It not only teaches children and adults the enjoyment and fun of being physically active, it also draws on their feelings, reactions and thoughts that resulted from their participation and draws key developmental learning back into classroom settings and into their lives.
Our Bluearth coach, Ross Hill, delivers the program once a fortnight and the class teachers include Bluearth strategies and activities during their daily Phys Ed Program. The skills learned in the program become part of everyday play including the ability to self-umpire.
Building Respectful Relationships
We explicitly teach our values and respectful relationships in all classes. Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships. Students learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.
We use evidence-based mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness such as mindful breathing and practicing gratitude.
Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies Program
We are part of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies Program ensuring our Grade 6 students each support a Foundation student in their first year at school.
eSmart Digital Licence
Our students also complete the eSmart Digital Licence modules each year to develop their ability to keep safe online.