ENGAGEMENT & WELLBEING
Hampton Park Primary is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment. The physical and psychological wellbeing of our students is of utmost importance.
The school recognizes that students reach their full educational potential when they are happy, healthy and safe, and when there is a positive school culture to engage and support them in their learning.
The school fosters an environment in which the students have respect for themselves and others, taking responsibility for their behaviour.
The students agree to work in line with the school’s values – Respect, Co-operation, Friendliness and Best Effort.
KIDS MATTER MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
In December 2017, Hampton Park Primary School was officially recognised as a Kids Matter school.
Kids Matter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to th
e lives of children. Kids Matter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.
The Kids Matter framework is a journey undertaken by the whole school community – students, staff, parents and families. Our Action Team is involved in ongoing professional learning sessions throughout the journey. The Action Team works closely with staff, children and our parent community to brin
g about positive changes within our school community that benefits mental health and wellbeing of all member of our community.
There are four components to the initiative:
A positive school community
Social and emotional learning for students
Parenting support and education
Early intervention for students who are experiencing metal health difficulties
Please click here for more detail on each of the components
Parents play a huge part in this program and we welcome parent participation for ongoing improvement within our school community.
If you would like further information please speak to Averil Mitchell (Student Wellbeing and Inclusions) or visit – www.kidsmatter.edu.au
A SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM
As part of our commitment to Kids Matter Hampton Park Primary School implements the Bounce Back Program from Prep to Grade 6. Bounce Back is a preventative whole school social and emotional learning program. Social and emotional learning is the process through which children acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to:
– recognise and manage their emotions
– set and achieve positive goals
– demonstrate caring and concern for others
– establish and maintain positive relationships
– manage difficult situations and times resiliently
– make responsible decisions
The program has been developed to support schools and teachers in their efforts to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their students and to enable students to act resiliently when faced with challenges and adversity.
The program focuses on classroom strategies and activities that teach students positive social and emotional skills that may be best described as ‘life skills’. The aim of the program is to teach coping skills to help children respond positively to the complexities of their everyday lives, in other words, children are taught how to ‘bounce back’ after experiencing sadness, difficulties, frustrations and hard times.
Each week the whole school will focus on a specific ‘life skill’ and teachers will plan engaging activities to explicitly teach these skills during a formal teaching session. It is hoped that by upskilling our children during formal teaching sessions they will be more confident to transfer their knowledge, attitudes and skills into day to day life.
Following the Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2015 the Victorian Government mandated the teaching of Respectful Relationships education in all Victorian schools. Hampton Park Primary School is a partner school in this initiative and we are working closely with Lead Schools in our network during the implementation process.
At Hampton Park Primary School Respectful Relationships education it is taught as part of our SEL Program (Social and Emotional Learning). Its content aims to educate students from Foundation to Level 6 about respectful relationships, gender differences and family violence. This initiative aims to:
Promote respectful relationships across the whole school community
Teach equality and supports boys and girls to build healthy relationships
Foster a resilient mind set in children. This helps them to face challenges by developing problem solving skills, confidence and empathy
Develop engaged leaners
Attached is the Department of Education Respectful Relationships (Primary Years) fact sheet. This will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of the initiative. It features a list of resources and links you can access for further information.
As part of our commitment to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students we have engaged the services of Futures in Mind Psychology Services. They offer individual support/counselling sessions to children within our school setting. If you have concerns about your child and you would like to access this service all you are required to do is visit your child’s General Practitioner (GP) and request a referral and Mental Health Care Plan.
The sessions are Bulk-Billed through Medicare and there is no cost to the family or the school. Each student is eligible for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Counselling can be provided for, but not limited to, the following concerns:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Grief and loss
If you would like more information about this service, please contact Averil Mitchell (Student Wellbeing and Inclusion) on 9799 1440 to discuss the referral process in more detail.
CITY OF CASEY YOUTH COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Hampton Park Primary School has recently entered into a partnership with the City of Casey Youth Counselling and Support Services. This service provides early intervention and counselling for young people experiencing mild to moderate symptoms relating to social and emotional difficulties. Historically support from this service has been aimed to support young people aged between 12-25 years of age. Responding to a need within the community to provide earlier intervention and increased family participation, the program has increased the scope of its service to include support for children aged 10 years and over.
In line with best practice the City of Casey Youth Counselling and Support Service uses a Parent Assisted Therapy model. Parents wishing to engage their child with this service will be engaged from the initial appointment and throughout the counselling process as required. As part of the intake process, the counsellor will discuss with parents what supports are available to assist them, as well as what parental participation is proposed as part of a child’s treatment plan.
This valuable service if fully funded by the City of Casey Council and there is no cost to parents. A mental Health Care Plan is not required. If you would like more information or wish to engage your child with additional support referrals can be made through the school by contacting Averil Mitchell (Student Wellbeing and Inclusion) on 9799 1440.
Our chaplaincy service provider is CHIPS (Christians Helping in Primary School). CHIPS Chaplains work within our school setting to support the emotional well-being of referred students by providing pastoral care services and strategies to support the emotional well-being of students and the broader school community.
The CHIPS Chaplaincy team at Hampton Park Primary School work closely with staff to support students in relationship-building, socialisation, problem solving, team building and grief and loss. The program covers a wide variety of themes to promote self-esteem, confidence and resilience. The purpose is to support and empower students in a group or individual setting.
CHIPS LIFE GETS BETTER CAMP ADVENTURE CAMP
Twice a year we nominate children to attend the CHIPS Life Gets Better Adventure Camps. These camps are for primary aged children (6 to 12 years of age) that have experienced trauma, grief, divorce or loss. The camps are a time of joy and refreshment in a caring environment. Children are provided with an opportunity to connect with others who have gone through similar circumstances.
Life Gets Better camps provide encouragement, support and individual mentors (buddies) to children. Activities include: craft, giant swing, flying fox, canoeing, archery and much more. The camps are staffed by volunteers from the community who are approved and trained by CHIPS and have a current Working With Children’s Check. Our camping partner – Phillip Island Adventure Resort provides great facilities, enthusiastic staff and discounted services, so CHIPS can assist the disadvantaged in being able to attend.
For further information on the CHIPS Life Gets Better Camps you can contact Averil Mitchell (Student Wellbeing and Inclusion) or visit www.chips.org.au
LITTLE OWLS PLAYGROUP
Little Owls Playgroup provides an opportunity for parents and their pre-school aged children to come together in the school setting. The playgroup offers stimulating and fun activities for children and social support for parents, whilst creating a positive approach to learning. During the sessions parents engage in play based, home-like activities or art and craft while their children help them or play nearby. Children play with simple natural toys and materials and are guided through the session which includes creative play, mat time, fruit break and story time facilitated by Education Support Staff members.
The program also offers parents the opportunity to discuss child development and parenting issues in a relaxed, friendly setting.
Little Owls Playgroup sessions are held in our PE Centre every Thursday 8:45am – 10:15am. A fee of $10 per term is charged to cover costs of materials and for the purchase of new toys. An enrolment form can be downloaded from the school website or you can come along and complete the enrolment process during the playgroup session.
To see more information about the school’s values click here
To find out more about the different Student Wellbeing programs we offer, follow the links below.