Glen Waverley South Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. GWSPS has a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse. We support and respect all children as well as our staff and volunteers. GWSPS is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people feel safe, and their voices are heard when decisions are made that affect their lives. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. We want all children at this school to be safe, happy and empowered. Every person involved in GWSPS has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make. We have legal and moral obligations, which we follow rigorously, to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety.
In addition to our staff support, students have access to a Welfare Officer on an as needs basis to help provide social and emotional support.
Parental/guardian consent is required for the Welfare Officer to work with individual students.
The Welfare Officer is able to provide students and their families with support and or appropriate referrals as required.
Students are also able to confidentialy report issues through the Student Reporting page on this site.
Engagement and Wellbeing
At Glen Waverley South Primary School, student engagement and wellbeing is taught and assessed as part of the Personal and Social Capability in the Victorian Curriculum and reflects our whole school values of RESPECT. It is also embedded throughout other curriculum areas such as Health and Physical Education. Resources such as ‘Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships’ are used for support when planning activities.
Glen Waverley South Primary School aims to provide at least one 30-60 minute student engagement and wellbeing session per week. The structure of these sessions will be flexible to reflect the nature of the concepts being taught and student needs. During the sessions, teachers will use checklists, written work and anecdotal observations to monitor student learning.
Student wellbeing and engagement involves students learning to:
- Recognise and regulate emotions
- Develop resilience skills
- Develop empathy for others and understand relationships
- Establish and build a framework for positive relationships
- Work effectively in teams and develop leadership skills
- Address challenging situations constructively
This supports students in becoming creative and confident individuals with a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity and enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing, with a sense of hope and optimism about their lives and the future. On a social level, it helps students to form and maintain healthy, respectful relationships and prepares them for their potential life roles as family, community and workforce members.
At Glen Waverley South Primary School, student engagement and wellbeing sessions consist of hands on activities, collaborative team work and reflection time. These are all important aspects of student learning.