Wellbeing for Learning

 

At WPS, we believe that a positive sense of wellbeing is essential for optimal learning. To ensure that students have a calm and orderly learning environment and to support students’ overall wellbeing, our teachers are equipped with a wide range of proactive and reactive strategies to support students’ wellbeing for learning. These proactive and reactive strategies all connect to the six Wellbeing Domains highlighted in the Department of Education’s Child and Wellbeing Strategy: ‘Being loved and safe’, ‘Having material basics’, ‘Being healthy’, ‘Learning’, ‘Participating’, and ‘Having a positive sense of culture and identity’.

Proactive Wellbeing Strategies

 

Strategies to support students to remain in the green zone (the optimal zone for learning) before they become highly dysregulated. They are ongoing strategies and tools used to mitigate or prevent unexpected behaviours or conflicts.

Examples of Whole School Proactive Wellbeing Strategies at WPS:

  • Trauma Informed Practices
    • Relationship Focus
    • Whole Class Mindfulness
    • Whole Class Brain Breaks + Individual Brain Breaks (where required)
    • Tier 2 and Tier 3 Support Programs and alternate timetables
    • Support from School Social Worker, School Psychologist, School Nurse (where required)
    • The Zone – multidisciplinary space (where required)
  • Zones of Regulation
    • Explicit teaching of Zones of Regulation vocabulary
    • Explicit teaching of what it looks/feels like to be in each zone
    • Explicit teaching of how to remain/return to the Green Zone
    • Whole class toolkit for students in Years K-2, individual toolkit for all students in Years 3-6.
  • School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports (SWPBS)
    • Values Education: Meet and Greets + follow up lesson in class
    • Values Certificates
    • Classroom Routines
    • Visual Timetables
    • Dojo Rewards
    • Parent Communication
    • Plan Your Play
    • Student Voice – Student Wellbeing Leaders.

 

Reactive Wellbeing Strategies

 

Strategies to support students to return to the green zone (the optimal zone for learning) after they become highly dysregulated or to help them remain in the green zone in the future. They are defensive responses to prevent further escalation.

Examples of Whole School Reactive Wellbeing Strategies at WPS:

  • Referral for Tier 2 or Tier 3 Support Programs or School Social Worker, Psychologist or Nurse
  • Use of Behaviour Consequence Chart for clear and consistent consequences
  • Trauma Informed Practices
    • Teacher models calm responses
    • Give thinking time
    • Move the student
    • Provide reset opportunity in another room or regulation opportunity in designated regulation space
  • Restorative Conversation
  • Understanding the students’ perspective
    • Validate the child’s emotion and build the skills to move past it
    • Identify the behaviour based on the facts
  • School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports (SWPBS)
    • Parent Communication
    • Plan Your Play
    • Individual reward system for expected behaviours.

 

Wellbeing Overview

 

Our overview of how our wellbeing strategies connect to the six wellbeing domains provides a quick snapshot of the many ways WPS is working to improve wellbeing of students.

Click the link to view as PDF – Wellbeing Overview

WPS is currently working on a comprehensive document that provides detailed elaboration on our Wellbeing programs. We hope to communicate this to the community in early 2023.