Ensuring the wellbeing of staff, students and our wider community is a priority for The Ponds School. A positive school community ensures a successful environment for everyone. The Wellbeing Team has implemented professional learning to staff based on the KidsMatter and MindMatters frameworks, which are supported by the NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Health and Beyond Blue. These frameworks comprise four components, each of which will be implemented into the school over a period of 3-4 years. These components include the Positive School Community, Social and Emotional Learning, Working with Parents and Carers and Helping Children with Mental Health Difficulties.
The current focus has been on providing professional learning to staff and gathering school-wide data to gain baseline information and inform our future plans. At the end of 2016, the Wellbeing team will provide further professional learning to staff and will commence implementing social and emotional learning into classrooms throughout 2017.