Mulgrave Primary School provides an environment that encourages students to learn and equips them with skills and knowledge to cope successfully beyond primary school. Students learn best when they feel safe, connected and happy. Our programs are proactive and preventative with a sense of belonging and pride being fostered in many ways. The programs offered include-
- The House System
- The ‘Resilience Project’
- The Buddy System
- The Student Leadership Program
- Public Speaking opportunities
Student engagement and wellbeing is taught and assessed as part of the Personal and Social Capability in the Victorian Curriculum and reflects our whole school values of RESPECT- Relationships, Excellence, Support, Passion, Engagement, Choice, Trust and Honesty. It is also embedded throughout other curriculum areas such as Health and Physical Education. Student wellbeing and engagement involves students learning to-
- Recognise and regulate emotions
- Develop resilience skills
- Develop empathy for others and understand relationships
- Establish and build a framework for positive relationships
- Work effectively in teams and develop leadership skills
- Address challenging situations constructively
The Resilience Project
This year we introduced a new emotional wellbeing program to our school called “The Resilience Project’.
‘The Resilience Project’ runs programs in schools around Australia. The aim of these programs is to develop students’ resilience and improve their mental health.
This means we will implementing their curriculum, which is closely linked to the personal and social capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum. This program has the same benefits as the ‘Immersion’ program as well as:
- The Resilient Youth Survey for Years 3-6 students
- A Resilience Profile Workshop for staff which focuses on the school’s survey data and
howit relates to The Resilience Project curriculum
- A personal student journal containing The Resilience Project Curriculum
- A Teacher Resource and access to additional resources via The Resilience Project
- Ongoing support in regard to program delivery and evaluation
- Additional lessons and curriculum support on current world events that explore
resilience and mental health.
Please see the link to the program: The Resilience Project
At MPS, each student is placed in a house colour.
The students then compete for their house at events such as School Sports, House Cross Country and House Athletics. These events, together with the weekly house points system, help foster a sense of belonging and connectedness.
The houses at Mulgrave Primary School are in the process of having new names decided on, currently they are; Blue, Red, Yellow and Green.
This is a peer support program which involves Level 5 and 6 students being “linked” to Foundation, Level 1 and Level 2 students. This link provides opportunities for the Level 5 and 6 students to develop responsibility and helps instill a sense of belonging and connectedness for the younger students.
Student Leadership Program
Students have responsibility for many aspects of school life and the opportunity to contribute to school events through a variety of leadership groups. School Captains and House Captains also attend a leadership training seminar each year (with the Principal).
- Junior School Council – Foundation – Level 6
- School Captains – Level 6
- Sports House Captains – Level 6
- Arts Captains – Level 6
- LOTE Captains – Level 6
- STEM Captains – Level 6
- Environment Captains – Level 6
- Enviro Club – Foundation – Level 6
Public Speaking Opportunities
Public speaking opportunities exist for all students in the classroom, at the weekly whole school assembly and at special school events. Students holding leadership positions have additional public speaking opportunities and responsibilities as part of their leadership roles.
Student and Family Support
Mulgrave Primary School is funded under the National School Chaplaincy Program to engage the services of a Student Wellbeing Officer. The role of this officer in our school is to support students, families and staff wellbeing. This support may take various forms e.g. discussions, referrals to agencies, working with student/s in activity groups, counselling and general pastoral care.
Our Student Wellbeing Officer is: Alison Hardaker, available Thursdays and Fridays.
A consent form will need to be filled out and signed once you have spoken with either Charles Spicer (Principal) or Stuart Hattwell (Assistant Principal) to discuss your support needs.
Wellbeing and Discipline
Mulgrave Primary School follows a School Wide Positive Behaviour Model. This model emphasises positive behaviour and the rights and responsibilities of students, teachers and parents. It encourages the use of positive reinforcement and places importance on self-discipline, self-responsibility and self- esteem. The program reinforces the school rules and the appropriate consequences if rules are not followed.
Summary of Wellbeing and Discipline Programs and Strategies
- School Wide Positive Behaviour Model which focuses on restorative practice and positive reinforcement.
- An educational program that caters for students at risk and students that require extension (Individual Learning Plans).
- Building positive relationships between staff, students and parents
- The Resilience Project
- Health Education Program
- Multicultural Program
- Bully Stoppers Program
- Student Code of Conduct
- Getting to know you interviews
- Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews
- Cyber safety sessions
- Student Leadership Training
- Individual Student Behaviour Plans
- Counselling sessions (DET – School Psychologist/Social Worker)
- Parent T eacher Interviews
- Program Support Group Meetings
- Links with outside agencies
STEM & Integrated Topic Learning
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a major learning focus at Mulgrave Primary School. We have a dedicated STEM specialist teacher who works explicitly with students, however these learning areas are incorporated throughout the curriculum in all year levels. STEM encourages students’ problem solving, design, creativity and critical thinking skills. Communication and collaborative decision making are vital components in the STEM curriculum.
Our units of work incorporate and provide opportunities for students to develop and apply understandings about their world. This allows students to explore, gather, process, refine, present and reflect on information. This assists them to develop their ideas about the way the world works.Our inquiry units encourage students to:
- Think critically
- Foster the desire to find out
- Be independent
- Develop mutual respect
- Develop cooperative work skills
- Relate knowledge to real life contexts Understand transferable concepts
- Problem solve
- Explore values and attitudes
- Research independently
- Self-assess their understanding and processes