At Newbury Primary School we are committed to implementing Respectful Relationships to further improve the wellbeing of our students. We have integrated Respectful Relationships Education and Calmer Classrooms to assist with teaching responsibility, resilience and empathy. Newbury Primary School has just been named as a Lead School for Respectful Relationships. This means that we will share our expertise and provide ongoing support to other primary schools that are beginning the initiative.
Respectful Relationships is a government initiative that supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. It has a variety of learning resources that are taught to students from Prep through to Year 6. The learning resources are age appropriate and adapted to suit the needs of our students. Each lesson is mapped against the Victorian Curriculum. Students in each year level complete learning tasks from the following 8 topics:
Students learn how to better understand and recognise their emotions. They learn how to deal with negative emotions and support their peers.
Students learn how to recognise and appreciate their individual strengths and build their self-esteem. They are taught how to identify and build upon other people’s personal strengths.
Students learn how to understand strong emotions and link it to the emotional thermometer found in each learning space here at Newbury Primary School. They learn how to control anger and other negative emotions in a healthy way.
Students learn how to solve problems independently, such as disagreements with their peers. They learn various strategies to solve the same problem and discuss appropriate reactions to situations.
Students learn how to deal with stress and emotional situations. This includes strategies for calming down and cheering up.
Students learn how to seek help form others and how to support other people. They discuss trusted people in their lives who they can go to for support.
Students discuss their individuality and learn that everyone has their own, unique identity. They discuss gender norms and stereotypes in the media and society that may impact on how they view themselves and others.
Students learn how to show respect to people regardless of their gender and identity. They discuss what violent or abusive behaviour is and how to promote gender equity.