KidsMatter Primary is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. A KidsMatter school promotes a positive community that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion.
Crunch and Sip
Crunch and sip is a scheduled break in the morning for students to “refuel” on fruit and salad vegetables and rehydrate with water. It has been shown to increase concentration and lower irritability and disruptive behaviour.
Highway Heroes ‘Smart Life Skills 4 Kids’
A unit of social and emotional learning that uses a teaching metaphor of everyone being on a journey travelling along the Highway of Life. They will learn that one of the first destinations on the Highway is their current one – Primary School – with many more to follow, and that along the Highway, everyone will experience many events (‘Highway Happenings’) – some fabulous, others horrible, many bland and every so often, exhilarating. It’s rarely dull!
The Highway Heroes curriculum provides structured and fully resourced lessons in each of the Social and Emotional Learning areas that have been identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) – the international body in children’s well being.
The Reflection Centre
The Reflection Centre operates at Our Lady Star of the Sea every recess and lunch. The centre is located in one of the rooms in the school, and is set up to cater for the needs of students and teachers during lunch and recess breaks. The centre is staffed by members of the school leadership team. Students are either referred to the Reflection Centre by the duty teacher or they come because they need support.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.