Monmia Primary School is a nationally accredited KidsMatter School.
The school provides a safe and nurturing environment where teachers, students and families work in an effective partnership where important relationships are fostered. Monmia Primary School strives to provide an educational environment which ensures that all students are valued and cared for and feel a sense of connectedness with the school. Teachers ensure that the curriculum is differentiated for students in order for them to engage effectively in their learning and experience success.The school has a diverse enrolment represented by approximately 31 nationalities and from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. The school deliberately acknowledges the diverse school population to enhance student engagement and wellbeing.
The school’s pro-social values underpin how students, staff, parents and guardians will interact with one another. The school values are:
Monmia Primary School has been deliberate in elevating the importance of Student Wellbeing alongside Student Learning as research shows that Social and Emotional Learning improves academic performance. The school’s involvement in the KidsMatter initiative has had a positive impact on building community connectedness and community spirit within the school.
KidsMatter is an Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative that aims to:
- improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary school students
- reduce mental health problems among students
- achieve greater support for students experiencing mental health problems.
The school has been successfully implementing the initiative since 2006 and was nationally recognised in 2013 for its outstanding and ongoing commitment to the initiative.
Through KidsMatter, Monmia Primary School deliberately and strategically promotes:
- a positive school community where everybody belongs
- social and emotional learning for students
- parenting support and education
- early intervention for students experiencing difficulties
The BounceBack Resilience and Wellbeing Program is research based and implemented throughout the school to support the development of social and emotional competencies. All classroom teachers allocate one hour each week to explicitly teach a variety of values, social and emotional learning skills and understandings and actively practise and adapt these skills to new situations. The school introduces the BounceBack focus at each whole school assembly and includes a weekly article for the community in the newsletter.
The school implements the Bucket Filling Philosophy that aims to create a positive home and school environment by increasing kindness, respect and courtesy. It focuses on individual’s strengths and achievements to build resilience.
The school also implements the CASEA program which complements the BounceBack Program. The CAMHS and Schools Early Action (CASEA) program is a whole school approach to address challenging behaviour. The program is school based and involves targeted students, their parents, guardians and teachers working together learning a variety of effective strategies to manage daily challenges.
The school also implements the Restorative Practices strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged in a supportive environment.
The school’s Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy describes the school community’s shared expectations in the areas of student engagement, attendance and behaviour. The policy supports the rights and expectations of every member of the school community to engage in and promote a safe and inclusive educational environment. The policy also supports the school’s capacity to respond to individual student circumstances and outlines a series of processes, actions and consequences developed in consultation with the school community.