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Student Wellbeing

Banyule Primary School (BPS) is committed to creating a safe and caring environment for everyone. We ensure our students are set up for success and that our school culture is one that is entrenched in care and compassion. We provide a range of evidence-based programs that provide students with the skills to resolve conflict, regulate their emotions and become more resilient learners. 
 


Friendology 101 - URSTRONG
BPS supports students to form and maintain healthy relationships through the URSTRONG Friendship Skills Curriculum and Friendology 101. This program encourages students to become ‘Friendship Ninjas’ and develops their understanding of what constitutes a healthy relationship and how ‘friendship fires’ can be navigated when they inevitably arise. Importantly, students are explicitly taught to distinguish between what is normal conflict (friendship fire) and ‘Mean-On-Purpose’ behaviour and the strategies that can be used to overcome these social challenges. 

Whilst our students are referred to as ‘friendship ninjas’, this approach is extended to parents and carers so that they can implement the strategies that students apply at school. Parents and carers are encouraged to think of themselves as ‘friendship coaches’ and all BPS families have access to the URSTRONG web portal with resources that can support the friendship skills that are being taught at school.
 
Peaceful Kids
The Peaceful Kids program is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program designed to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children from Foundation to grade 6. This program helps children to build their emotional resilience, so they are better equipped to deal with the day-to-day stresses that life brings them.

In the classroom, teachers facilitate a range of short and long-form meditations and lessons aimed at developing the practice of mindfulness. We believe that honing these mindfulness skills is an important aspect of nurturing well-rounded individuals. 

Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) curriculum is an evidence-based whole school approach to social and emotional learning. This approach is designed to develop the personal and social capabilities of students, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and social management. The RRRR curriculum aligns with Banyule Primary School’s values of respect and equality for all in our community. 
All parents and carers are encouraged to visit the Victorian Department of Education site here (https://www.vic.gov.au/respectful-relationships).  

 

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