At Keller Road Primary we believe that all students should have their physical and emotional wellbeing supported to ensure that they are in the right space to learn. Staff have undergone extensive professional development to enable them to follow best practice to modify classroom pedagogy. Staff across the site use consistent language, approaching students through the lens of trauma-informed practice. All classrooms now have a calm down/ reengagement space instead of a punitive timeout area. Students have a variety of re-engagement activities to help support their redirection, refocus and again be ready to learn.
We follow the Berry Street Education Model at Keller Road Primary. The Berry Street Education Model focusses on 5 domains. The domains are Body, Character, Engagement and Stamina all anchored by Relationships. Strategies are taught through evidence based classroom strategies. This whole school approach supports students who experience difficulties connecting to the learning environment and developing strong relationships.
Staff work together to unify the language used in the classroom and in the yard, modelling successful interactions while supporting students to engage positively with their peers, staff, community and most importantly connect strongly to their own strengths.
Students who are struggling to regulate their feelings and behaviour, students who have trouble complying with the rigour of the school environment, suffer from anxiety and students who are triggered by seemingly small incidences benefit from this whole school approach.
The Berry Street Curriculum is purposefully designed to support the sequential development of students’ physical, psychological, social and emotional capacities.
We believe the benefits to our student community positively impact on all aspects of their social and academic learning.
To further support the learning environment and needs of individual students as a site we have engaged the services of Grow Wellbeing. A mental health practitioner visits the school fortnightly to work with individual students and family members.
Grow Wellbeing Services
Grow Wellbeing is an early intervention Mental Wellbeing service committed to supporting school children in the development of positive mental health and academic skills.
Children can have many positive qualities and strengths but at times may benefit from extra support in mental health to help them maximise their academic performance and home functioning.
At Grow Wellbeing we work with schools to provide child psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists who have expertise and experience working with children. We work closely with school personnel and the parent/guardians to provide quality, targeted support for children who receive our in-school support.
What are the benefits of in-schools mental wellbeing services?
Having mental health experts work within the school setting enables a variety of fantastic benefits including the development of cognitive, emotional and social skills, helping the child to improve their ability to manage at school and home. It enables the professional to see the issues affecting the student first hand, and increases the chances of maintaining positive skills learnt through our input.
Children learn skills every day that help them succeed in life. At school, they learn many skills such as numeracy, literacy, artistic, physical and social skills. Some children learn at a fast rate and some at a slow rate. When a student falls behind, schools provide intensive teaching to remediate slow learning rates in literacy and numeracy. Children also learn social, cognitive and emotional skills. If children are not developing these vital skills, Grow Wellbeing staff can help them with intensive skill development activities.
Seeking help from Grow Wellbeing in these situations can be of great benefit to parents and their child.
Areas our Mental Health professionals provide support in-school
Social skills development; help to deal with conflict, make friends and improve the child’s ability to communicate effectively
Cognitive and concentration skills; support the child with minor to severe ADHD, attention difficulties, hyperactivity
Divorce and other issues affecting the child in the home environment
At Keller Road Primary School, we practise restorative justice complemented by Berry Street trauma awareness strategies. Students are given the opportunity to be heard, and feel empowered to resolve conflict through conference, with adult support to build individual skills.
Students are familiar with policy and process to allow opportunities for self-regulation and positive decision-making. Fair outcomes are sought with long-lasting strategies to encourage student responsibility and choices in future.
Student Voice, the student leadership group, facilitates leadership and peer support practises to support younger year levels with de-escalation, conflict management and mediation, and responsible, kind behaviours