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Wadalba Community School is a recognised KidsMatter school. At our school, our kids matter! 

KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. 

KidsMatter Primary provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. 

KidsMatter Primary is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children's mental health and wellbeing for primary schools. It can be tailored to schools' local needs. 

Through KidsMatter Primary, schools undertake a two-to three-year cyclical process in which they plan and take action to be a positive community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion,  and that promotes: 

  • social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs) 

  • working authentically with parents, carers and families 

  • support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. 

When schools take on KidsMatter, they build on the work that they are already doing in these areas. 

Mental health and wellbeing is vital for learning and life. Children who are mentally healthy learn better, benefit from life experiences and have stronger relationships with family members, school staff and peers. Good mental health in childhood also provides a solid foundation for: 

  • managing the transition to adolescence and adulthood 

  • engaging successfully in education 

  • making a meaningful contribution to society. 

School is the most significant developmental context, after family, for primary school-aged children. Schools play a crucial role in building children's self esteem and sense of competence. They can also act as a safety net and assist in protecting children from circumstances that affect their learning, development and wellbeing. 

Structuring KidsMatter Primary into the four component areas is a way of making the task of working to improve student's mental and health and wellbeing in schools more manageable. 

It also ensures that schools focus the initiative to be most effective. Their selection has been guided by evidence and expert opinion about the most significant influences on children's mental health and wellbeing. We have also focused especially on those factors that schools can influence. 

The four components are: 

  1. Positive school community 

  2. Social and emotional learning for students 

  3. Working with parents and carers 

  4. Helping children with mental health difficulties. 

Each component is unpacked into more specific target areas and goals to help schools with their planning. 

For more information and resources, go to: 

 

https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary