Social and Emotional Learning
Values play an important part of the curriculum and culture at Heathridge Primary School. We have 12 core values that students strive to demonstrate. Our 12 core values are: respect, integrity, responsibility, resilience, tolerance, good manners, kindness, perseverance, confidence, cooperation, and courage. In classes, each value is targeted over a 2-3 week period and students are specifically acknowledged for demonstrating that value.
Every Monday afternoon, the whole school meets at an assembly where the children recite our School Creed, participate in role play activities based around our values, continue to learn Auslan and participate in mindfulness activities. At these assemblies one student from each class will also be awarded a Values Certificate. When a child has received four values certificates, they are awarded with a Bronze Badge. After receiving five more certificates, children are awarded a Silver Badge. After receiving an additional six values certificates, a child is awarded a Gold Values Badge. The badges are awarded at our whole school assemblies that are held on Thursdays throughout the term. When students receive their badges their photo will be displayed on the Heathridge Heroes Wall in the front office of our administration block.
To complement our values rewards, tokens are also given to students who demonstrate all of our core values throughout the school day. Each week, these tokens are collected and placed in a container and two tokens are drawn out with those students receiving a prize and acknowledgement.
What is UR-Strong?
- A skills-based social emotional development program.
- Empowers children with skills and language to be better friends and develop healthier relationships.
- Provides parents and teachers with the language and skills to better support children.
Why is it important?
Research shows that children with "healthy friendships" perform better academically; have higher self-esteem; get involved in more leadership roles; and make smarter decisions in future relationships.
Why does it work?
UR-STRONG uses "kids language" for "kids problems".
It uses skills-based programming - to ensure students learn practical, kid-friendly concepts, language and skills that are reinforced through role-playing.
What does it teach?
Students learn how to put a voice to their feelings, what's normal in a friendship, the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships, and how to put out Friendship Fires®
Students also learn the difference between normal conflict (i.e. Friendship Fires) and mean-on-purpose behaviour (e.g. Bullying)