Student Engagement and Wellbeing @ KVPS
Keilor Views Primary School (KVPS) values each student as individuals who, together, complement our school environment, which comprises a diverse community of learners. Our academic, social and extra -curricular activities create opportunities for all students to participate and engage in education in a harmonious environment.
Our restorative approach, implemented throughout the school, enhances student engagement and connectedness, through the promotion of positive relationships and behaviours. Our focus is to enhance student wellbeing through the delivery of whole school evidence based practices and programs which; engage all students socially, emotionally and academically, are embedded into our everyday teaching and learning, and are an intrinsic part of our school culture.
KVPS provides a balanced education, which contributes to childhood development, encouraging all students to reach their potential as accepting, just and responsible members of society. We believe that each child has the right to learn and grow in a supportive environment among people who are caring and co-operative and that students will achieve their personal best in a learning environment that works in partnership with parents and the wider community.
To ensure success, KVPS has a set of structures, programs and processes which are directly linked to the promotion of student engagement, attendance and connectedness. The effectiveness of the school’s programs relating to student wellbeing and engagement are evaluated through the annual analysis and review of student, parent and staff opinion surveys.
In order to achieve improved student outcomes in participation, attendance and connectedness, our goal is to provide our students with the best educational and social and emotional learning opportunities possible, through the implementation of approaches and programs that promote:
- Behavioural engagement: participation in education, including the academic, social and extracurricular
- activities at school
- Emotional engagement: emotional reactions in the classroom and in the school. Students’ sense of belonging or connectedness to the school.
- Cognitive engagement: investment in learning and intrinsic motivation and self-regulation.
Our school-wide policies include:
- Acceptable Use Agreement for Ultranet, Internet, digital technologies and electronic devices
- Attendance Policy
- Discipline Policy
- Dress Code Policy
- Safe School Policy
- Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy
- Student Wellbeing Policy
- SunSmart Policy
Our students are offered various opportunities in order to develop their own skill and knowledge as well as enhancing their social and emotional learning. Student involvement and participation is promoted and encouraged throughout the school. Roles are offered in leadership as well as in peer support. Such roles exist by way of:
- Junior School Council
- School Captaincy
- House Captaincy
- Peer Mediation
Activities for parents to do with their children:
- Visit the school’s home page on http://kvps.vic.edu.au and register to receive the school newsletter and register on FlexiBuzz to also receive the school newsletter and information on bullying, cybersafety and health matters electronically.
- Talk to your children about what they are being taught at school regarding bullying and cybersafety.
- Visit the school’s website and explore the Student Wellbeing section on the home page.
- Visit the parent portal on the Bullying. No Way! website, to get ideas on how to support your child as a target or bystander of bullying, or if they are displaying bullying behaviour.
- Visit the Cybersmart website to get ideas on how to safely guide your child’s online experiences.
- Download the free iPhone app ‘Take a Stand’ that has information and stories on how to manage bullying as well as an avatar game.
- Sit down with your child and visit the Kids Helpline website
Support our students in
‘Taking A Stand Together’ against bullying and violence.
Student Wellbeing – Primary Prevention Initiatives
The following primary prevention programs/processes that are implemented at KVPS are evidence based and integrated into the school’s ethos:
- ‘Name It’ policy and approach to the building of student resilience.
- Breakfast Club – Students are able to access the breakfast club every day of the week from 8.15am to 8.35am.
- Seasons – A Loss and Grief Program involving children who have experienced a loss in the form of death and/or separation. Trained, internal staff facilitate this program over a ten week period (when appropriate).
- Feeling is Thinking – a program to provide support and strategies to students who experience anxiety and/or difficulty managing anger.
- Safety protocols – expectations and recommendations are documented to ensure that protocols and procedures are known to the school community and that a consistent response to situations is adhered to.
- Social Skills Programs – a variety of programs run internally throughout the year to support children socially and emotionally.
- Primary Prevention and timely intervention – various strategies are put in place to provide a safe environment for our staff and students. The coordination of relevant personnel is managed via sound leadership practices, appropriate and adequate liaisons, and the inclusion of relevant documentation.
Student Engagement and Wellbeing Curriculum Initiatives
The following evidence-based classroom programs are implemented at KVPS and are integrated into the school’s ethos and curriculum practices:
- Friendly Schools Plus – a program which promotes social and emotional learning, actively preventing bullying.
- Cybersafety – Students are informed of the risk factors associated with the use of technology, as a result of the Internet, and are given strategies to support the safe use of the Internet, both at school and at home.
- Better Buddies – a program that is supported by the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation which promotes safety through peer support and peer education.
- Drug Education – a harm minimisation approach which informs and teaches students through the promotion of protective factors, thereby reducing risk factors associated with drugs, such as medicines and tobacco. Students study substances at an age-appropriate level. Opportunities are provided to share such learning with their peers and their families in a non-threatening manner.
Student Management and Behaviour:
At KVPS we have implemented the following student management and behaviour practices and protocols across the school:
- Behaviour Consequence Chart – step by step process to managing student behaviour including reflective practices.
- Behaviour Management Plans – a positive approach used for students who present with challenging behaviour.
- School attendance strategies – monitoring and addressing truancy and punctuality to improve student attendance and engagement.
- Record keeping:Whole staff tracking of incidents outside of the classroom via ‘Yard Duty Folders’
- eSmart Incident Record Database – a document used by all staff to record student behaviour incidents that occur in the classroom in order to prevent such behaviour reoccurring.
The Physical Environment
Evidence has shown that the physical environment impacts upon the engagement of students. This includes the classroom and the outdoor area that students are exposed to. In 2011, KVPS completed construction that enhanced the facilities within every classroom, thus providing a more inviting and engaging learning environment.