Wellbeing at Windsor Primary
At Windsor Primary School we pride ourselves on catering for the whole child and we provide students with an education that gives each child the best start to a happy, healthy and bright future. We encourage and model respect and equality, and teach our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Our safe learning environments and variety of wellbeing programs encourage connectedness with the school and community, and aim to develop physically and emotionally healthy, happy, productive and respectful students, able to deal positively with life’s challenges.
Key wellbeing programs at WPS include Respectful Relationships, Berry Street and Rock and Water. Supporting these cornerstone programs, we also provide a number of additional activities, approaches and areas of learning including:
Evidence shows that primary-aged children who practise mindfulness are more focused and resilient. As little as five minutes of mindfulness first thing in the morning, or after lunch, helps settle students and improves concentration. Windsor Primary School students build and explore mindfulness in a number of ways including mindfulness sessions and centering exercises in class. Through our mindfulness activities, we see an increase in positive emotions, a reduction in negative emotions and stress. It helps students tune out distractions and improve attention
To support students who require structure during lunchtimes or would like to pursue an interest, we provide an number of lunchtime activities ranging from art, music, library, indoor games and outdoor sport activities.
At Windsor Primary School we are safe and responsible with the use of information and communications technology. Students, teachers and the wider school community are engaged and encouraged to embrace the benefits of technology, while being aware and savvy of the risks involved. Students participate regularly in discussions, seminars and activities around cyber safety. They are also involved in developing and delivering information on the smart, safe and responsible use of technologies to a variety of audiences. For more detailed information on helping children stay safe online visit www.acma.gov.au or www.cybersmart.gov.au.
All students at Windsor Primary School have the right to feel safe from bullying behaviour which includes verbal/emotional, physical and cyber bullying. Harassment, bullying, violence and threatening behaviour in our school is unacceptable. Our focus is on effective school based prevention programs that take a whole school approach. We embed anti-bullying principles and processes in the Curriculum and we involve and support parents and the community through workshops, newsletters and conferences. We treat reports of bullying (including cyber bullying) very seriously and with clear consistent action using Restorative techniques. See documents and forms page for more detailed information.
The student leadership program provides students with the opportunity and the skills to take on roles of responsibility in the school community. Along with the developed capacity to take on responsibility the students also further develop their sense of belonging and strengthen links with our community.
The school’s buddy program supports the transition into school for our Foundation (Prep) students and develops responsibility in our Year Five and Six students. Every Foundation child forms a very special friendship with their buddy who takes care of them as they begin their school experience and throughout their Foundation year. Having a buddy is one of the highlights of being a senior student in the school and the children do a wonderful job of ensuring our Foundation students are safe and happy.
Strong focus on attendance:
Evidence shows that daily school attendance is important for young people to succeed in education and aids wellbeing by ensuring they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Students who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. At Windsor Primary School we are committed to providing your child with an excellent education, however the building blocks of a great education begin with all students coming to school each and every day. We try to encourage attendance through discussion, education and awards.
Restorative practices focus on rebuilding relationships when there has been a problem. Part of the learning journey for children is to have disagreements and problems and like all schools our students experience issues in their friendships and social engagements. After an issue has been resolved we focus on rebuilding the relationship between the parties. Key elements to the restorative practices is honest communication between the parties and an ability to take responsibility for their role in the issue.
We also provide a number of support services for families including speech therapists, psychologists and translators.