At Whorouly Primary School, we are committed to ensuring the wellbeing, emotional health and resilience of all our students.
In conjunction with the seven schools in the Ovens Learning Community, we have engaged the services of Hugh Van Cuylenberg from the Resiliency Project.
Together we are working on teaching students a range of strategies to help deal with the increasing prevalence of anxiety, depression and mental health issues in young people. While we acknowledge that statistically these issues occur in teenage years, beginning the education of our children early is important to combating and beating future issues.
We use Smiling Mind to develop simple meditation techniques. Our students practice Gratitudes and record these in a Gratitude Diary. We also use emotional and social competencies coaching with our Wellbeing coordinator, our chaplain Rachel. We explicitly teach values and respectful relationships education each Monday afternoon in all classes. And next year we have been accepted into the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies program.
We know through student and parent surveys that our students are happy, connected to their school, feel safe and secure and that we have extremely low incidents of bullying. We are working to ensure this continues.