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Student Wellbeing

At Gisborne Primary School, we have a comprehensive approach to supporting students with their social and emotional needs. We have a Wellbeing team of staff who meet regularly to discuss next steps and create the direction for the work across the school. We believe that if students are happy and healthy with their social emotional needs, learning thrives.

We understand the importance of wellbeing and social and emotional learning for our students. Our program includes the Respectful Relationships program, which teaches students about positive relationships, respect for others, and how to navigate social and emotional challenges.

Our work is underpinned by our school values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Personal Best. These values also tie in with our motto of ‘caring’, featured as a logo on the school uniform.

Our Wellbeing program is designed to support students in developing a positive sense of self, strong social and emotional skills, and an understanding of healthy relationships. Through a range of lessons, discussions, and practical activities, our students learn how to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to thrive in life. We also focus on how to manage emotions, build strong and respectful relationships, and make positive choices for their wellbeing. Classes are exposed to a SEL lesson for an hour each week to support our students and their needs with the opportunity to also participate in small groups with education support staff if further development is needed. 

Whether it’s through our Respectful Relationships program or our broader Wellbeing program, we believe that investing time and work in the social and emotional learning of our students is essential to their success and happiness. At Gisborne Primary School, we are committed to providing our students with the tools and strategies they need to succeed in life, both academically and emotionally.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

At Gisborne Primary School, we believe in acknowledging positive behaviour and creating a safe, calm, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students. Over the last few years, we have implemented the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support approach, which focuses on promoting positive behaviour, reducing low level behaviour, and creating a school culture that supports student success.

Our Positive Behaviour Support approach uses a proactive, whole-school approach to promoting positive behaviour and being consistent in addressing any behaviour challenges that may arise. With a focus on teaching positive behaviour, creating a consistent approach across the whole school with clear expectations and rules, our approach is designed to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

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bully stoppers

Bully Stoppers supports leadership, teachers, parents, and students in working together to help put a stop to bullying including cyber safety.  As part of our work towards supporting students to develop their social and emotional skills, all students at Gisborne Primary School participate in lessons with a focus on understanding what bullying is and learning strategies on how to stop bullying. Students are encouraged to be upstanders to assist their peers in stamping out bullying. 


Kimochis® (Kimochi means feeling in Japanese) is a social-emotional learning program that teaches children real-life skills, such as how to identify and express their emotions, self-control, problem solving, and communication. At Gisborne Primary School we have implemented the Kimochis program in the Junior classrooms to support students’ social and emotional needs. 

Students build their knowledge and connection with the Kimochis 7 key characters who have emotions and strategies that support their feelings. Kimochis is part of our Social Emotional Learning approach to support students with developing their knowledge and skills in to be happy resilient children in the future.

Open Parachute

Together with the Respectful Relationships program and other school wellbeing initiatives, our senior students learn their social emotional strategies through lessons from the Open Parachute program. The program is designed by clinical psychologists to teach students about mental health concepts and to develop their social emotional connections with their peers. Delivered through video format with similar aged students sharing their challenges and learning, the engaging program is focused on promoting and supporting students with their mental health needs.

Life Skills

To enhance the skills and experience for our senior students, selected students participate in a Life Skills program where they learn about everyday life skills and put this knowledge into practice in real life opportunities. Whether it is creating a lunch menu and visiting the local supermarket or learning how to read a train timetable, these skills are necessary for students to be successful in life. Our education support staff work closely with the students to support their learning in this area. 

Wellbeing Support

Gisborne Primary School employs a wellbeing counsellor who supports our students, staff and families with their wellbeing needs. We acknowledge there may be times, were students need additional assistance to ensure their mental health and wellbeing is supported. Through the referral process, our students can receive short term support followed by assistance for parents to access external allied health professionals if required. By having an expert in the field onsite ready to assist where needed, this approach strengthens our whole school approach to wellbeing.

Structured Play

At Gisborne Primary School we provide a well-resourced play space for students who may require quieter play time. Supervised by our education support staff and guided by leadership, we offer a play area that includes a variety of activities that students of all ages can enjoy. This supports students who require some assistance with developing their social skills as well as times when students need some quiet time away from the main playground spaces.