KidsMatter & Wellbeing
Norwood Primary School is dedicated to building a positive community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, promoting:
- social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
- working authentically with parents, carers and families
- support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
KidsMatter Primary is divided into four components as a way of making the task of improving student mental health and wellbeing more manageable. Each of the four KidsMatter components has specific, evidence-based target areas and goals.
Component 1: Positive school community helps schools to focus on building a positive school community where children, families and school staff feel like they belong, have a voice and can contribute to the school.
Component 2: Social and emotional learning for students focuses on teaching students the social and emotional skills they need to develop friendships with peers and build strong relationships with their families and school staff. Component 2 also focuses on helping children to understand and respond appropriately to their own emotions and those of others.
Component 3: Working with parents and carers focuses on helping families and schools work together to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Component 4: Helping children with mental health difficulties helps schools to focus on assisting children who are experiencing mental health difficulties and their families.
In 2017, Norwood Primary School is targeting the area of Social and Emotional Learning, which is covered in Component 2.
Wellbeing at Norwood Primary School
Norwood Primary is a culturally diverse school. Diversity is celebrated by actively practising and promoting dignity, respect and inclusiveness. All students are provided with a supportive and welcoming environment, where they are able to stretch their thinking and learning to achieve success. Norwood Primary aims to meet the learning, social and wellbeing needs of all students and their families. Positive relationships between families and the school community convey respect for diversity and strengthen children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Positive relationships with families and the community enable our school to build on the individual strengths of students and position them to succeed and thrive throughout life.