Social Skills

Our School Values: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Persistence and Honesty

Here at Narre Warren North Primary School, we put the wellbeing of our students first by incorporating opportunities for Social and Emotional Learning into our programs. We have 5 Golden Rules that were created by our students and are the foundation to our behaviour management expectations.

  1. We play and learn safely
  2. We respect people and property
  3. We speak kindly to others
  4. We do our best
  5. We support others

We have a behaviour management program that is consistent across our whole school. Each classroom and specialist area have the same protocols displayed so that our students have a clear understanding of expectations here at NWNPS. Our Behaviour Management Plan centres on positive reinforcement and by providing students with the opportunity to make better choices ensures they are equipped with the skills for lifelong learning.

Explicit Social/Emotional Skills lessons are taught from Prep to Year 6 on a weekly basis. Circle Time is used for open discussion about student wellbeing. Feedback is gained from students about their social and emotional needs to ensure relevant skills are taught. Students have opportunities to practise their social and emotional learning in safe classroom environments, where we have created a culture of celebrating mistakes and demonstrating Growth Mindset across all areas of the curriculum. Students practise mindfulness daily through mindful colouring, meditation, manipulating different materials and resources that vary from level to level. During lunchtime, students have the opportunity to play in the Play Pod or join lunch clubs. These spaces and programs have been designed to engage students in creative play and work to allow students to practise their social and emotional skills in authentic situations.

Ready To Learn (RTL)

Ready To Learn is an initiative introduced at Narre Warren North Primary School with the intention of teaching students to self-regulate their emotional needs. At the beginning of each day, students and teachers engage in a circle time to discuss various topics about wellbeing. Students then move on to participate in a quick whole class activity designed to give students a positive start to their learning. Each classroom has a ‘Ready To Learn Zone’ containing mindfulness activities that have been chosen by teachers and students. Students are able to use this space and the resources at any time throughout the day for 5 minutes to assist them to calm their emotions and return to learning.

Friday Bonus Play

Friday Bonus Play is an initiative Narre Warren North Primary School introduced in Term 4 2018. Friday Bonus Play is a structured 30 minutes of extra playtime scheduled fortnightly on a Friday afternoon. Bonus Play is a terrific opportunity for all teachers to run an activity or game where they are actively involved with the students. This is an opportunity for students across all year levels to play together and form positive relationships. Friday Bonus Play is a reward for all of the students who follow our school rules and uphold our expectations throughout the fortnight.

Behaviour Matrix

At Narre Warren North Primary School we want all students to have the opportunity to do their best in the classroom and yard. We know that behaviour has an impact on student learning and work hard to ensure that all students know and understand the school rules, values and expectations.

At the beginning of each year teachers revise the schools Values, 5 Golden rules and overarching expectations of being respectful, safe and responsible. In classrooms students brainstorm what the rules look like and the consequences for breaking the rules.

The ensure there is consistency across the school staff, with feedback from students and parents, have written a behaviour matrix that lists the definitions and examples of unacceptable behaviour ranging from Minor to Moderate, Major and Severe and the related consequences that will be completed if a behaviour occurs.

CyberSafety / Anti Bullying

Every student at Narre Warren North Primary School is required to read and sign an Internet Agreement at the beginning of each year. This outlines important safety information about using the Internet. Cybersafety lessons are explicitly taught from Prep to Year 6 and are reinforced throughout the year. Students also engage in Digital Technologies lessons where they investigate different online programs that strengthen their learning experiences. Our students created guidelines of responsible Internet and Chromebook use and ensure they demonstrate sensible use of technology based on their understanding from our Cybersafety and Digital Technology lessons.