Wellbeing 2022

KPPS wellbeing model

Our KPPS wellbeing model encapsulates the important connection between wellbeing and learning and our commitment to promote and allow opportunities for student voice, agency and leadership. The other components of the jigsaw puzzle demonstrate featured elements of our whole school approach.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support

What is SWPBS?

SWPBS is a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies for achieving important social, emotional and learning outcomes in schools.

The key attributes of SWPBS include preventive activities, data-based decision making, and a problem solving orientation. SWPBS uses a tiered intervention framework which invests in prevention (Tier I), identifies and provides targeted supports for individual students at risk for developing challenging behaviour (Tier II), and provides individualised and intensive interventions for students with significant support needs (Tier III).

Promoting Positive Behaviours

Token System

Our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) values are to Be a Learner, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. All children can receive a Values Token for displaying any of the SWPBS values. In the junior school, these tokens are placed in a class jar. Once any value jar has 15 tokens in it, the class choose a whole class reward, as well as receiving a black token that contributes to a whole school reward.

From years 3-6 these tokens are placed in an individual jar that the children keep on their desks. Once a child receives 5, 10 or 15 tokens, they may choose an individual reward from a menu that was co-constructed by each class. Students in Years 5 and 6 can also receive white ‘Leadership’ tokens for displaying leadership traits. These individual rewards also contribute to the whole school reward.

Shared Agreements

At KPPS we have shared agreements about how to act within different areas of the school. Visual signage reminds the community of these expectations and acts as teaching points if an adult needs to remind a student of our shared expectations. In the same way we would teach a child to grasp a mathematical concept we also explicitly teach our children positive behaviours and skills.

Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships support schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. At KPPS, we utilise the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching materials from Foundation to Year Six, to ensure the consistent modelling of respectful relationships and gender equality practices takes place across the entire school community.

Wellbeing Site

Our Teachers have developed a KPPS wellbeing site to show a child’s wellbeing journey throughout their Primary Schooling. Our purpose is the development of a whole school language around wellbeing. Each year the children explore concepts from the following 8 topics of the Respectful Relationships teaching and learning resources which include emotional literacy; personal strengths; positive coping; problem solving; stress management; help seeking; gender and identity and positive gender relations. Explicit lessons are also taught based on the positive behaviours around SWPBS to reinforce these skills.

Restorative Practices

Restorative practices assist with teaching our children about responsibility, accountability and empathy, while taking care of the relationships they build with others. This is a powerful and effective method of promoting harmonious relationships and resolving conflict. The ability to complete a restorative conversation is explicitly taught to children with teachers as the facilitators. Specific questions are asked through a non judgemental and open conversation with the goal to acknowledge how all parties have been affected. The goal is for all participants to agree on ways to move forward to ensure the behaviour doesn’t occur again.

Student Voice, Agency & Leadership

At Knox Park Primary School we endeavour to empower our children by providing opportunities for them to develop their voice, agency and leadership. Our goal is for leadership to be inherent within all learners, particularly our Year 6 children as they have an important role to set the positive tone for the school. Trust, autonomy and relationships are enhanced through the development of leadership qualities along with the commitment to our school wide positive behaviours of being responsible; safe, respectful and a learner.

Current Student Leadership Positions (Year 6)

Captains

School Captain x2
SAT Captain x2
House Captain x2 per house (8 in total)

Leaders

Arts Leader x2
Library Leader x2
eLearning Leader x2
Health & Wellbeing Leader x2

Figure 1: Voice, agency and leadership empower students

Buddies @ KPPS

The Buddy Program involves creating partnerships between Foundation and Year 5 students. In their kinder year, students visit KPPS throughout the second half of the year to participate in a range of transition programs, supported by the Year 4 students. During that time, Year 4 children are ‘matched’ to a preschool buddy. When the junior children start Foundation, they have a Year 5 buddy that they already have a connection to. The buddy relationship continues throughout the next 2 years where they meet regularly, both formally during class time and informally during break time.

Peer Mediation

KPPS uses the Peer Mediation Program to assist children to solve low-level incidents in the playground. The program teaches our children to resolve issues through the use of trained Peer Mediators (senior students) to support in resolving basic conflicts.

Student Action Team (SAT)

The Student Action Team (SAT) provides opportunities for all children to voice their ideas and concerns about school. This team of children will focus on school improvement and developing links with our wider community. A representative from each class is chosen at the beginning of the school year.

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Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Knox Park Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Knox Park Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.

Knox Park Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Knox Park Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

In its planning, decision-making and operations Knox Park Primary School will

  1. Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
  2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
  3. Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
  4. Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
  5. Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
  6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
  7. Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
  8. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
  9. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
  10. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
A copy of our Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct is available below:

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged. At Knox Park Primary School it assists with teaching our children about responsibility, accountability and empathy all while taking care of the relationships we build with others.

Restorative Practices recognise that wrong-doing can cause harm to relationships, and in order for individuals to move forward, the relationship needs to be repaired. To do so, our children participate in open conversations facilitated by teachers, where questions are asked to identify why particular behaviours have occurred and what was thought during that moment. Discussions take place identifying ways in which an individual has been affected.

Children involved listen to those who have been wronged to understand how their behaviour has impacted on others. Together they decide how to repair the harm, allowing those involved to feel safe, connected and heard. Restorative Practices strengthen the feeling of community, which is highly valued at Knox Park Primary School.

(Source: Brazosport Independent School District 2017)

Peer Mediators

Knox Park Primary School uses the Peer Mediation Program to assist children to solve low-level incidences in the playground. The program teaches our children to resolve issues through the use of trained Peer Mediators (senior students) to support in resolving conflicts.

Peer Mediators follow strict steps in order for all children involved to feel they’ve been heard and have been treated fairly. Together they then brainstorm and identify the best solution to the problem and agree upon the outcome. The Program teaches and encourages children to develop a range of skills; communication, problem solving, conflict management and tolerance.

With the support of Peer Mediators, teachers have noticed an increased sense of community, belonging and co-operation. Our children want to solve problems themselves, and take pride in doing so.

KidsMatter 

KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework that provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced children. At Knox Park we utilise this framework to guide the implementation of our Wellbeing approach.

Various initiatives fit under the KidsMatter framework at Knox Park including; Bounce Back, Restorative Practices, Peer Mediators and Student Representative Council.

Bounce Back 

Bounce Back is a positive approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning for children. At Knox Park we utilise the Bounce Back scope and sequence to explicitly teach the skills our children require to thrive socially. Lessons are taught weekly in classes across the school with a range of applications and learning intentions. Bounce Back also provides common language, expectations and understandings across the school in order to consistently educate our children throughout the school.

Student Action Team

The Student Action Team (SAT) provides opportunities for all children to voice their ideas and concerns about school. The SAT endeavours to enable all children to feel valued, to be involved in school life, and to contribute to the school and wider community.

Through the SAT, our children develop an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, have a forum to express their opinions, ideas and attitudes as well as participate in school decision making. Our SAT organise, coordinate and participate in school activities, fundraising and charity events to contribute to the school, wider community and broader global issues.

SWPBS

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes in schools while preventing problem behaviour. The key attributes of SWPBS include preventive activities, data-based decision making, and a problem solving orientation.

Our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) values are to Be a Learner, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe.

Our expectations of behaviours and rules at Knox Park Primary School are clearly visible through out our school grounds. Please refer to the images below of examples.

Our token system acknowledges positive behaviour in the classroom and playground. These tokens are used to earn individual, class and school rewards.