Wellbeing at Rose Park Primary School is about being balanced and creating a sense of optimism and belonging where everyone has the opportunity to flourish. This is achieve through a wide variety of classroom based proactive wellbeing strategies such as Bucket filling, Interoception, growth mindset and promoting a strong student agency.
RPPS staff have completed training to understand and implement interoception practice in all classrooms. Interoception is the eighth human sense, which allows us to read bodily cues. As young people strengthen this sense, they become more self-aware; beginning to understand what ‘self’ needs to attend to learning and manage social situations. For individual students who require additional support to self-regulate, we offer an interoception space.
Bucket-filling is a term used in education to refer to positive attitudes and behaviour. It relies on the analogy that every person carries with them an invisible bucket. This bucket contains a person’s feelings and emotions. When the bucket is full, this represents us feeling happy and contented. However, when it is empty, we feel low, upset and dissatisfied.
Bucket-fillers are those who act in a way that fills another person’s bucket and refers to those who practise kindness and good behaviour.The analogy comes from the book How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton.
Examples of bucket filling behaviour
- Being kind to everyone you meet
- Helping those who are struggling
- Paying someone a compliment
- Being respectful
- Showing someone you care for them
Student Agency is the power to take meaningful and intentional action, and acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of the individual, supporting voice, choice and ownership. At RPPS students are provided with endless opportunities to take power over their own learning through identifying and setting their own goals, helping to choose their own differentiated activities and reflecting upon how well they have met their goals. It becomes more of a partnership with the teacher when the students are helping to design the projects and activities along the lines of inquiry, which is driven by their curiosity and interest. With a learner-centred classroom the teacher becomes the facilitator of the learning and assessment, monitoring the action, the progress and checking in with the kids.
Students at RPPS are also provided with opportunities to be part of structured school leadership positions, working collaboratively to take positive actions and ensuring that RPPS is a safe and happy environment for all students. The Leadership roles include:
- R-2 Student Action Team
- 3-7 Student Action Team
- SRC Executive Team
- Debating Captains
- House Captains
- Traffic Monitors
- Climate Crew
- News Crew
- Japanese Leaders
- Events and Fundraising Committee
Rose Park Primary School has partnered with In-school Psychology to provide a free Psychology Counselling services. The service is bulk billed to Medicare for eligible students and is provided onsite and during school hours. The Psychologists work with student with a range of difficulties, from simple problems such as making friends to more complex mental health issues. Students are commonly referred to the service for issues such as:
- Friendship problems
- Fears and phobias
- Anger management and behaviour concerns
- Social skills
- Grief and loss
- Eating disorder