Program proves positive for students, staff at Wellington

The program focuses on developing children's resilience and positive thinking skills at Wellington Public School. Photo: Supplied
The program focuses on developing children's resilience and positive thinking skills at Wellington Public School. Photo: Supplied

A wellbeing program at Wellington Public School is proving to have positive results for students and staff after being implemented in 2019.

The School started a new partnership of social emotional skill development by taking part in the Positive Living Skills Program for its 500 plus students and 70 plus staff.

It has provided a structure, common language and weekly lessons that foster the emotional needs of students.

The program focuses on developing children's resilience and positive thinking skills and aims to promote social and emotional skills across all stages of early childhood and primary schooling.

In May 2020, the results of a Charles Sturt University study proved what the Wellington staff already knew, that the program was having a positive effect on the students, the staff and their families.

A recent Australian survey found almost 14 per cent of Australian school aged children experience difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.

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The results of the Charles Sturt University study found children thought that participating in the PLS program had been enjoyable, meaningful and helpful for their wellbeing.

Children talked with the assessor about their highlights (at school and home), changing channels, their feelings and how to focus and relax.

This is the language the program uses and the students are comfortable using this language.

Some of the students responses were "that we get to sit and chat about what other people's emotions are."

Students also responded with "we can learn to change channels and stay calm. We choose how we want the day to go by changing our channels."

Another response was "a highlight is something that is good about your day - something that you notice that makes you smile inside"

The Positive Living Skills supplements the fantastic work that Wellington Public School does to create a warm, supportive environment for its students, staff, families and community.