is the main whole school Wellbeing approach at EPS, where every staff member is committed to modelling and teaching respectful relationships weekly in our classrooms. Through all our interactions and teaching, we foster equality and respect. In class, we teach one Respectful Relationships lesson per week, which comes directly from the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials developed by Melbourne University in a response to the Royal Commission into family violence. The materials are an age-appropriate, fun, and interactive way of developing respect in all of our relationships, and teaching students vital life skills and wellbeing strategies.
Rosie Batty, CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation noted, “The school community is an essential part of social reform by modelling a culture of respect through the whole school, not just by teaching respect in the classroom”. It is hoped that through such education our young Australians at Emerald Primary School will drive deep cultural change throughout our society as they mature into adults.
There are eight unit topics which are taught across the school year. These include:
- Emotional Literacy
- Personal Strengths
- Positive Coping
- Problem Solving
- Stress Management
- Help Seeking
- Gender and Identity
- Positive Gender Relationships.
The sequence that we follow is, two topics are taught per term in each year level. Term One is Topic 1 & 2. Term Two is Topic 3 & 4. Term Three is Topic 5 & 6. Term Four is Topic 7 & 8.
For more information on Respectful Relationship or Resilience Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials, please check out the wellbeing bulletin board at the front of the school, or reach out to Bianca Appleby or Nathan van der Monde who are facilitating the progra
We acknowledge that we meet on the traditional country of the Wurundjeri and Bunarong People, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land as a part of the Kulin Nation, and pay respect to elders past and present. This continent is home to hundreds of different nations whose knowledge has helped to shape and evolve our understanding of land and seas.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land, which continue to be important to the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people living today. We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the contribution of all first nation peoples to the land we love, learn and play on.
At Emerald Primary School, our goal is to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to be proud of their heritage and encourage them to be strong and successful people.
All year levels and specialist classes integrate Indigenous Perspectives throughout their teaching and learning materials.
We proudly celebrate NAIDOC Week to promote, ‘celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.