Student Well-being

Spotlight: Year  3/4 Community

Topic:  Gender-Based Violence


In the Year /4 Community, students have been learning about gender-based violence. Students brainstormed the meaning and came up with a class definition. Together, we thought of different real-life examples of gender-based violence. Students did an amazing job of identifying times when they have either witnessed or experienced gender-based violence. 


We listened to a story titled ‘Kellie and the Sports and Leisure Day’ where Kellie was teased by other girls for bringing a skateboard to school. We discussed the body language that Kellie would be showing, the emotions she would be experiencing and what Kellie would be thinking.


In pairs, students were given different scenarios that involved gender-based violence. They identified the body language that the victim would be showing, the emotions that the victim would be experiencing and what the victim would be thinking.


Our Year 3/4 students are now aware of their rights and responsibilities to show respect to different genders and respect the personal preferences of others.


Born to Shine Program

Topic: Soft emotions and hard emotions


In our Born to Shine groups, we discussed that being able to identify and name our feelings is very important. If we can put a name to how we are feeling, then we can let other people know what we are feeling. This helps other people understand us, and it helps to stop the feelings from getting stored up inside our bodies.


We used kimochi's and acted out different emotions for our group members to guess. The emotions included: surprised, relaxed, proud, confident, guilty, sad, worried, scared, bored, tired, embarrassed and angry. 


We also talked about how sometimes we feel a bit of emotion (soft feelings) and sometimes we feel a lot of emotion (strong feelings).


We realized that it is okay to have soft or strong feelings but sometimes when our feelings (like anger) get too strong it can cause us to do things that might upset or hurt other people or yourself.

We looked at the 'emotional volcano' picture and discussed that sometimes if we bottle up our anger or anxiety, it can grow bigger and bigger inside us until it explodes. The important thing to do is recognize when the anger and anxiety is growing bigger and bigger inside us and to stop it before it explodes.


We talked about times when our own emotional volcano has exploded and ways that we can stop our volcano from exploding in the future.



Haylea Anderson

Student Wellbeing Leader