Health and Wellbeing

The ‘Health and Well-Being’ Learning Community area aims to be pro-active in implementing strategies and programs that support a whole school approach to our communities health and well-being.

Our Health and Well-Being Learning Community works together to implement and evaluate varied initiatives created within the school as a response to identified needs of our school community. This includes connecting with and implementing strategic approaches from the Department of Education, welfare and support agencies along with our community groups.

Vision

The HWBC strives to facilitate an environment that is safe, connected and inclusive, based on effective communication, collaboration and a strong accountability framework, that empowers its members.

Mission

The HWBC will, on an ongoing basis, assess the needs of the school community and collaborate to define achievable goals, making this information easily accessible for the whole school community.

A student’s health and wellbeing is the fundamental aspect of a child’s development and ensuring we meet this need maximizes the opportunity for your child to develop their full potential.

We are developing processes in our school culture that, along with our values, become a normal part of the everyday experience for everyone at Berwick Fields.

Fundamentally, Berwick Fields Primary School strives to foster a healthy community that is safe, inclusive and based on positive relationships. In recent times, we have focused specifically upon developing a deeper knowledge and awareness of Restorative Practices. This aims to continually build a shared language and common understanding of processes that can be applied in the yard, classroom, home and broader community environments, amongst students, staff and families. The core focus of Restorative Practices at Berwick Fields is to continually build our relationships and enable us to focus more specifically upon proactive approaches.

One of these is the use of Circle Time within our learning and teaching environments. Circle Times help to further promote a positive team environment where individuals can share openly within a safe and supportive community. They encourage greater engagement from participants in a fun and enjoyable way. A year two student recently reflected on their own experiences in using Circle Time in the classroom; “I have really liked doing Circle Time with my class this year because it helps me to be more confident to share my ideas. They listen to me better this way and I think I am getting better at listening to them too. My teacher makes it fun, but we work too!”

We have divided this area into a number of sections and these include;

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