Develops positive social behaviour
Creates a shared body of experience that is used to build relationships
Highlights the benefits of managing emotions and working together
Develops optimism and the ability to bounce back (resilience)
Encourages self-motivation and the ability to persevere
Initiates a process of self-awareness and discovery
Creates a positive tone and safe school culture
Fun, excitement and challenge
Use of the Supporting Language
We believe that the language we use when correcting children on their behaviour, is key to creating opportunities for students to accept responsibility for their actions, make correct choices and develop resilience. The language is firmly embedded throughout our school. When dealing with children, it is important to maintain your composure and speak in a calm manner while utilising the 6 key questions of the PLAY IS THE WAY Self-mastery checklist.
Right thing or wrong to do?
Strong decision or weak moment decision?
Feelings or thinking in charge?
Am I trying to hurt you or help you?
Are you running away from the problem or dealing with it?
Being your own boss or asking me to be the boss?
Every teacher does focus on the acknowledgement and reinforcement of good manners in our school community. We believe that manners are the lubricating oil of the community. Manners create the tone and culture of the school.
Each Life Raft is taught, focused on and revised for two weeks during each term. The current Life Raft is displayed in the foyer as well as the corridors and all classrooms. The Life Rafts are concepts for life. Each concept is unpacked using activities and scenarios that encourage reflection, critical thinking and discussion. Building a propensity in students to talk about issues of concern; to question the motives behind behaviour and the challenges inherent in adhering to the five concepts, can be considered a worthwhile strategy for social and emotional well-being.
1. Treat Others as You Would Like Them to Treat You
2. Be Brave – Participate to Progress
3. Pursue Your Personal Best No Matter Who You Work With
4. Have Reasons For The Things You say and Do
5. It Takes Great Strength To Be Sensible
The Pathway to Empathy
The more principles, virtues and rights guide our behaviour the less we need rules.