Student Well being
The Resilience Project
We are in our second year of The Resilience Project at Montmorency Primary School and our students and teachers are really getting into the swing of things! This year all students have received a student journal to use in their classrooms when exploring the three key elements of The Resilience Project – Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness (GEM). Our students in grade 3-6 also received student diaries that not only serve as an organisational tool for homework, reminders and events but also features activities to help guide daily GEM activities and reflection tools. Something that families can do at home is practise gratitude, taking time to be grateful for something or someone. It might be in the car or at the dinner table. Who knows, you might even get a ‘thanks for making dinner’!
This term our whole-school Inquiry is “Knowing Me, Knowing You” providing students with valuable opportunities to explore emotions, choices, identity and diversity. At MPS we pride ourselves on educating students about good health and well being habits that stick for life. This might range from good nutrition in the SAKG kitchen to physical activity in P.E. and outdoor class games. We encourage students to gain insight into what makes them feel good like joining the school choir or attending a lunch club like drawing club and developing a skill that they love. In everything we do we are always looking to build up our students’ confidence and resilience and to develop a deeper understanding of themselves including recognising emotions and developing passions.
Over the next few weeks I will be working with student groups to evaluate our work on the Respectful Relationships program and establish new directions for our work in this area for 2020. It has been so interesting to hear the experiences of our Grade 6 students who may have been a part of the student action teams in Grades 3 and 4 and how they are ready and willing to take ownership of future work. Without a doubt the development of Student Action Teams has played a big role in the ways that our children view areas for improvement within our school and find creative solutions.
Rebekah Rentos- Assistant Principal - Well being