All students at Mentone Park can thrive in a safe and supportive environment with consistent wellbeing practices embedded across the school. We teach social and emotional skills using the Play is the Way philosophy of behaviour education and student self-regulation that fosters independent, self-motivated, empathetic, life-long learners.
Students participate in a unique program of physically interactive games that require and develop personal and social competencies. There are five guiding concepts that are embedded through classroom activities and a specific and empowering self-reflective language that helps children to master their behaviour so they can become responsible and capable members of society.
Strong relationships are developed between peers, teachers, and the broader community through participation in many activities through the year that highlight the school’s values, build resilience and develop empathy.
Students at Mentone Park participate in components of the Feeling Safe Together (Prep to year 4) or Growing Up (year 5/6) programs each year which have been put together by trained staff and teach children the importance of maintaining respectful relationships, recognising their own feelings, responding to changing emotions as they grow, and understanding their right to feel safe at all times.
To support our comprehensive wellbeing practices, we also use, participate in or support the following additional programs and initiatives to further enhance our students’ opportunities for social and emotional development.
- The Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum – Department of Education
- The National Day of Action against Bullying – Bullying. No Way!
- Building Respectful Relationships – Department of Education
- Bully Prevention
- Harmony Day
- Life Education Van
- Health initiatives – school nurse (Foundation), school dentist