Alawa Primary School provides programs and support to ensure that all students feel respected, cared for and have the opportunity to reach their academic potential.
Alawa Primary School places a significant importance on the development of the whole child and their social and emotional learning.
We believe that for all students to become successful learners and achieve their potential at school we need to support them to develop positive attitudes, behaviours, habits and ways of thinking.
Our Social and Emotional Programs explicitly teach skills and strategies to assist students to positively communicate with others and identify and manage their emotions. We endeavour to help our students develop the ability to better understand and manage negative thoughts and feelings, establish positive relationships, develop empathy for others, set and achieve goals and feel confident and capable learners.
The Zones of Regulation is a Social and Emotional Program which is being used from Preschool to Year 3.
This program incorporates social thinking concepts and numerous visuals to teach students to identify their feelings and understand how their behaviour impacts those around them. It allows us to have a common language to refer to when describing levels of alertness and different tools and strategies to manage behaviours. We aim to have this approach embedded across the whole school by 2023.
Other Programs we use to support the explicit teaching of these soft skills include:
Kids Matter, Big Life Journal and Bounce Back Education
In 2021 Alawa Primary School won a grant from the non-for-profit organisation called Smiling Mind. We are currently upgrading our Community room and creating a mindfulness space which will allow small groups and/or individuals to spend time practising mindfulness strategies. This may include:
Alawa Primary School is registered to participate in Sporting Schools, a new Australian Government Program starting from July 1 2015. Sporting Schools provides our students access to sports based activities before, during and after school hours.
The program is aimed to engage children in sport and other structured physical activities, and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club. The variety of dynamic sports and physical activities available range from table tennis, athletics, baseball, hockey, cricket, soccer and many more. The Alawa Primary School Sports Program is run each term from weeks 3-9.
As the program is Government funded there is no additional costs to families! Please contact the school for further information on the current Sporting Schools Program.