Health & Wellbeing
Ascot Vale Primary School believes that each child has the right to learn and grow in a supportive environment among people who are caring and co-operative. The Student Code of Co-operation has been formulated within this framework and is consistent with DEECD guidelines and regulations. It was developed via the Student Representative Council.
Ascot Vale Primary School has a welfare program which focuses on primary prevention and early intervention strategies. Our policy is based on the following core values aimed at building resilience:
- Acceptance of Difference
Students participate in working through the Code of Co-operation in class and with their families. This code is an important component of our overall Welfare and Discipline policy. Students are further enriched through participation in the school's multi-age approach to teaching and learning through programs, music, camps, excursions and inter school sporting events. The Student Welfare Committee meets weekly to monitor and review welfare issues and to initiate programs to enhance welfare across the school. The Assistant Principal is responsible for more serious issues and parental involvement is essential in these cases.
A play survey is undertaken each year and the results of this are carefully analysed by the Welfare Committee. A student attitude to schooling survey is also administered to all Year 5 and Year 6 students annually to monitor and respond to student perceptions and any common concerns.
Support Documents - please download and use at home. Taken from www.parentingideas.com.au
Play Pod - new in 2013
As part of our Creating Positive Playgrounds program, Play for Life visited Ascot Vale Primary School in June 2013 to carry out a play analysis of the playground and created a “State of Play” report to school leadership and staff on how play is faring in the school. This report is a culmination or a ‘snapshot’ of various audits, interviews and observations that have been carried out over a number visits to the school. I would like to share with you a snapshot of this report that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. A copy of the full 17 page report can be found here: AVPS state of play report
From page 9 of the report “It is important that we recognise that children often fall out and bicker, children often fail to agree and argue; it is not a sign of unhappy relationships between children, but often a part of social development within a child’s play experience. It is these moments of unpredictability that children have mild stress, and it is through this stress that children learn and develop skills to manage feelings and emotions – resilience! Therefore we need to as teachers spend time to read and interpret different behaviours and situations in order to allow children to develop skills to manage unpredictable situations. This is not just when dealing with arguments but also when observing risk taking behaviours or play types that make us feel uncomfortable.
If playing is what children choose to do then good play opportunities are central to children’s positive perceptions, increased morale, increased motivation and overall connectedness and attachment to their school experience. Not forgetting that positive play experiences are also vital times for children’s learning.”