KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.
KidsMatter Primary provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.
Through KidsMatter Primary, schools undertake a two-to three-year cyclical process in which they plan and take action to be a positive community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, and that promotes:
- social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
- working authentically with parents, carers and families
- support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
As a part of the implementation of KidsMatter, our school runs a number of different lunch clubs to involve students in fun and exciting activities and build relationships with different teachers and students. A list of our lunch time activities are regularly published in our school newsletter.
Every second Friday, instead of a whole school assembly, every grade in the school participates in a 'Buddy Grade' activity, where the focus is on implementing a social and emotional learning program. These sessions may include talking about the ZONES of Regulation and what to do to 'get back to Green'. You can read more about the ZONES of Regulation here.