At Thiele Primary School we are committed to the wellbeing of our students to enable them to develop as highly successful learners and citizens. Our behaviour policy is underpinned by the principles of Restorative Justice, and our daily routines reflect the importance of being proactive in developing happy and connected students.
Our school continues to engage in professional development in The Berry Street Education Model and is committed to the practices outlined. We understand that many primary students face challenges that can impact their wellbeing and success at school. Engaging in the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) has provided our staff with a deeper understanding, and has equipped them with the strategies required, to respond to students’ needs for healing, growth, and achievement.
“The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth and academic achievement. Our pedagogical strategies incorporate trauma-informed teaching, positive education, and wellbeing practices.” BSEM
The school runs the ‘What’s the Buzz’ program to develop the social skills of those students who find this aspect of school life challenging.
Our Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) is experienced in using Kimochis with classes and small groups. Kimochi means “feeling” in Japanese. The program acknowledges that children (and adults) have strong feelings that can fuel challenging behaviours. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to communicate when you are in an emotional moment and the characters used in the Kimochi program are used as a tool to help students make sense of and articulate big feelings.