Research shows that mental health and wellbeing is important for children’s learning and development. Children who are mentally healthy learn better, benefit from life experiences and have stronger relationships with their families, friends and school staff.
At St Albans North Primary School, we have a strong focus on maintaining a positive school culture through promoting the health and wellbeing of all our students and families. We believe that the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students is essential to their success at school and in their future lives. Physically and emotionally healthy students are able to deal positively with life’s challenges, experience a sense of connectedness to school and are better prepared to develop into healthy and resilient young adults.
Our goal is to provide every child with a safe, inclusive and engaging school environment that supports and fosters their emotional wellbeing. We do this by offering a broad range of wellbeing services which support student engagement through developing:
Social awareness- Respecting and understanding others, being empathetic and valuing differences between people.
Self-awareness- Understanding and tuning into feelings and emotions
Self-management- Managing emotions and being able to reflect on our actions and behaviours.
Responsible decision-making- Brainstorming and making good choices
Relationship skills- Communication and conflict resolution
The Smith Family- Learning for Life
St Albans North Primary School is working in partnership with The Smith Family to support families through the Learning for Life Program. The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program recognises that some children need extra support to stay at school and go on to further studies or a job. Learning for Life helps create better futures for children in need by providing additional support and learning opportunities for eligible families.
Alannah & Madeline Foundation- Children Ahead
We work in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to provide support to children who have experienced bullying, trauma or family violence. Alannah and Madeline Foundation staff work directly with children and young people, alongside their families, to support their emotional, educational and social needs, as well as their psychological wellbeing and any overall health concerns.
Eat Up Australia
Since 2016, our school has been fortunate enough to receive support through Eat Up Australia. Eat Up is an Australian not-for-profit, which was created to feed hungry school kids. Eat Up continues to support our school by delivering ready-made, healthy and wholesome lunches direct to the school at no cost, for students in need.
Parent Health and Wellbeing Resources
Please click on the links below to access useful parenting websites and resources, including links to various services offered to parents and families in Brimbank.
Family Violence Support
Please follow the links below to access support and guidance around family violence and support. If you require support with accessing family violence assistance, please contact Vesna.
Mental Health Support
There are many resources, apps, websites and information available to families to support and promote our mental health. Below are several useful links available families and children.