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As a Positive Education School, Visible Wellbeing School and member of PESA (Positive Education Schools Association), Mildura South Primary School is committed to each child ‘flourishing’, developing a growth mindset and achieving their very best outcomes.
Our School Mission:
‘We bring our best selves to school and love the work that we do’ inspires us each day’.
Our School Vision:
All students can achieve high standards given the right time and the right support.
All teachers can teach to high standards given the time, coaching, professional learning and the right assistance.
High expectations, teaching to point of need and early ongoing intervention are essential.
All leaders, teachers and students can articulate what they are learning and what success looks like.
Lyn Sharratt 2019
Our Positive Education Culture values hard work and collaboration. Together as a whole school community we support each other in facing daily challenges to learn and grow, discovering new things about ourselves, our capabilities and what we can accomplish.
Each day our students, together with our staff adopt Dr Martin Seligman’s principle of PERMA. In doing so we flourish as individuals and as a school community.
We SEARCH for TRICK to live PERMA
We teach and use the strategies of SEARCH each day: Strengths, Emotional Regulation, Awareness and Attention, Relationships, Coping, Habits and Goals to live our Positive Education culture and ensure that Wellbeing is visible. Something that we can: See, Hear and Feel.
We have a shared understanding of our school values TRICK: Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Courage and Kindness, and our values informs the daily decision making of students and staff at Mildura South Primary.
In order to achieve our mission and vision we live, teach and grow in the culture of PERMA developing: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment in our everyday life at school.
We respect and value all of our students’ voices, stories, cultures and backgrounds. Self-awareness and self-regulation are modelled, taught and lived in our school community, through Calm Time and The Zones of Regulation model.
Years Foundation to 6 have three timetabled Calm Times implemented each day.
- Beginning of the day
- After Lunch
- After Recess
At these times the whole school is calm, as students engage in what they know will assist them to prepare for the next learning episode.
All classrooms also have calm spaces for students who may require calm time at other times in the day to achieve their best learning.
A Wellbeing Space is located in our BOB (Be Our Best) building for students who require additional support, understanding and care.
Calm time facilitates mindfulness and ensures students are prepared to focus.
Brain breaks are also implemented throughout the day to ensure maximum concentration to all teaching and learning opportunities.
All students are taught at their point of need. Guided Teaching takes place for all individual students from Years Foundation to 6.
Staff connect each child to their achievements in the Victorian Curriculum.
The Teachers collaborate in Teams each week to ensure that they know all of their students’ achievements and needs within the Victorian Curriculum in their year level.
The collaborative planning and rigorous professional coaching and discussion when planning the teaching and learning for all students at Mildura South Primary is evidence of the daily practice of the School Vision.
Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) develops leadership skills in each Grade 5/6 student, encouraging them to take responsibility for their choices and wellbeing and influencing the positive culture of Mildura South Primary.
The Respectful Relationships Program that is taught from Foundation-Grade 6 builds an emotional resilience in our students, where individuals are respected and help seeking is an explicit strategy that we value and teach daily.
We have high expectation relationships, honouring all cultures with an inclusive approach to students within all curriculum areas.
Staff and students at Mildura South Primary School learn and live the life skill of seeking help each day. Through our daily commitment to living, modelling and teaching when and how to seek help as a whole school community, we are able to build resilience, confidence and trust in each member of our school community.
Staff and students know that they are safe at Mildura South Primary, because when they reach out for help, they know that they will be listened to, heard, understood and supported.
The student and staff leaders are openly seen and heard giving and receiving help in order for all to feel safe at Mildura South Primary.
Our Culture of PERMA
P – Positive Emotions
We know that when we experience positive emotions that we are more open to learning and working with others. Each day we have calm time scheduled so that we can pause and check in with ourselves first, then enabling us to check in with others.
E – Engagement
We have engaging “point of need” learning where we know what we are learning and why we are learning it. Students can articulate the learning intention and success criteria for each lesson.
R – Relationships
We thrive on positive relationships. We listen to each other to learn and understand another person’s perspective. We value different people’s stories and cultures and we celebrate diversity in our Mildura South Primary Community.
Our learning and experiences at Mildura South Primary are in the context of growing our whole selves. We are taught strategies of mindfulness so that as we pause and notice we can identify the meaning of our learning and tasks in context.
A – Achievement
We are successful at Mildura Primary School because together we work hard. We support one another through challenges and we listen to each other identify ‘what works’ and ‘why it works’. We celebrate our achievements, knowing that it is only through making our own choices and mistakes that we can truly grow.