As a school community we create an environment where students thrive in every way. We support each other as we discover, learn, think and question. Respecting ourselves and others, we all contribute to our community and the wider world.
As a teaching and learning community at Merri Creek Primary School, we believe that children develop, learn and thrive best when they are happy, healthy and secure and when they know they are prepared, and are preparing, for life’s challenges.
We want our students to be thinkers and creators, to have positive self-esteem and identity and to strive towards their goals, to value and develop respectful relationships with all and to be positive contributors to their community and the wider world.
Our work in Wellbeing is to develop and implement wellbeing policies, procedures, programs and practices that support and enable children to learn, grow and contribute in a safe, secure and supportive environment - an environment in which students are respected for who they are and are not discriminated against, for reasons of gender, gender identity, sexuality, religion, race and disability.
How the school collectively upholds our fundamental values of respecting ourselves and others and wanting all children to feel a sense of belonging, is by knowing and valuing them as individuals and making connections with their family and life outside of school. We believe this will have a genuine impact on their continued success as learners.
Merri Creek Primary School has developed a range of strategies to promote engagement, positive behaviour, and respectful relationships for all students in our school. We acknowledge that some students may need extra social, emotional or educational support at school, and that the needs of students will change over time as they grow and learn.
Each term we run a whole school program that teachers implement focussed on students developing their personal and social capabilities.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) program is a Department of Education and Training initiative that promotes and models respect, positive attitudes, and behaviours. The program focuses on teaching children to understand their emotions and feelings and how to manage them, to develop resilience and confidence and how to build healthy relationships.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships lessons cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across all levels of primary and secondary education:
At Merri Creek Primary School, all students participate in the program throughout the year. The lessons are presented within the classroom program, with teachers also using other materials to support the students’ learning in this area.
The following policies can be found on our school website