Effective and Engaging Classrooms Program
At the beginning of each year all classes undertake the “Effective and Engaging Classrooms Program”.
This program aims to create a classroom setting where students and teachers feel:
- Safe, happy and respected
- Connected to each other with a sense of belonging and ownership
- Able to maximize their learning and social/emotional development
- Engaged in their learning and classroom involvement
The program involves:
- Development of class student and teacher contracts
- A class mural and motto
- Team Building and Getting to know you activities
- You Can Do It – the keys to success
- Social skills and social problem solving
- Keeping Cool (Anger Management)
- Health Awareness – Healthy bodies, Diabetes, anaphylaxis etc
Wellbeing Leaders and Class Meetings
Each class in the school from Grade 1-6, elect two Wellbeing Leaders to monitor the wellbeing of their class. These students are responsible in collaboration with their teacher to listen to student voices through undertaking weekly Class Meetings. Our Wellbeing Leaders run the class meetings and discuss any matters placed in the student ‘Compliments’ and ‘Worry’ boxes. Classes use these times to collectively problem solve any worries and to celebrate their social successes. Any significant concerns are passed on further to the Assistant Principal or Principal.
Each term Well-being leaders meet with the Assistant Principal to reflect on class meetings and report back to the whole school community.
We highly value the provision of a Chaplaincy service to the school community two days a week. Ms Anna Baumgarth, our School Chaplain, works with students and families on a needs basis. The work that our Chaplain undertakes with students and families is of a non-religious basis, unless otherwise requested by the family involved. The Chaplain supports students and families with changes and challenges they may be experiencing in their lives such as:
- the loss of a loved one
- family separation
- dealing with cancer
- friendships, self-esteem
All dealings with the Chaplain remain highly confidential.
The School Chaplain provides opportunities for a range of group based supports according to community need. The types of programs that are undertaken include:
- Seasons for Growth (developing resilience to cope with change, loss and grief in our lives)
- Friendship Groups
- Targeted student groups responding to student/family needs
- Outsourced programs available through the community
Montrose PS is proud to acknowledge that the chaplaincy program is funded through the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
Click Here to read about a published magazine story 'To Chaplain or Not to Chaplain' with our principal Neil Pollard.
You Can Do It
The You Can Do It program is based on 5 keys to success that teach children different skills necessary for success and happiness. The keys to success are Getting Along, Persistence, Resilience, Organisation and Confidence. Our You Can Do It program is implemented as a whole school approach and developed in greater depth as the children grow through the years. Our program teaches children everyday life skills vital for success, to always have a go in all areas of school life, how to make friends and solve problems, how to bounce back, and the skills to be confident, motivated, independent learners.
Life Education Van
On a bi-annual basis students are involved in programs offered through the Life Education Van. These programs successfully implement age-appropriate drug and health education to our students.
Puberty & Sex Education
In the senior years of primary school the students are involved in education programs related to Puberty and Sex Education. These are undertaken in gender based groups with a staff member who has undertaken professional training in the delivery of these programs.
At Montrose Primary School we believe that leadership is about empowering children to be aware of school, local community and global issues and to initiate and manage projects that will impact in a positive fashion in all these areas. It is only by empowering our children that we can mould a generation that is intent upon creating a better world both now and for future generations to enjoy.
We have a wide range of Leadership positions across the school culminating in greater involvement in the senior years. Some of the leadership roles we offer include: School Captains, House Captains, Make a Difference Team, Junior School Council Representatives, You Can Do It leaders, Inspirations (Environmental leaders) and Well-being Leaders.