Students K-6 engage in regular sessions using the Bounce Back program and Positive Behaviour for Learning expectations. ‘Bounce Back’ is a program which has been developed to support teachers in their efforts to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their students and, in particular, enable them to act resiliently when faced with challenges and adversity. ‘Bounce Back’ integrates the explicit teaching of important social and emotional skills. Our aim is to promote respectful relationships, belonging and inclusion at Lugarno PS.
All students in K-6 explore program units about core values, people bouncing back, courage, looking on the bright side, emotions, relationships, humour, anti-bullying and achieving success through effort. Students engage in regular classroom activities that include educational games, music, art, drama/role plays, literature and cooperative strategies such as discussions/class sharing and problem solving (‘Circle Time’). Many of the activities also feature critical and creative higher order thinking.
Weekly lessons which explore our whole-school Positive Behaviour for Learning Expectations ensure consistency and provide the staff, students and parents with a shared and consistent language for understanding expected behaviour.