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Learning To Live Together

 

Learning to Live Together Overview:

 

At Rochedale South State School, we are committed to providing a positive learning environment that is happy, safe, respectful, and challenging by adopting a “Learning to Live Together” approach. This approach focuses on the explicit teaching of social skills, self-management skills, responsible behaviours and citizenship. High expectations are set for dress, behaviour and work habits, and these attributes are consistently reinforced. This approach is underpinned by the core values of CARE, COURTESY, COOPERATION, and COMMITMENT & CONTRIBUTION (5C’s) and aligns with our strategic plan for developing student ownership of their Leadership, Learning and Relationships.

We consider the explicit teaching of our Responsible Behaviour Plan an opportunity to develop student ownership and leadership of their behaviour, learning and relationships. This is developed through the explicit teaching of the Learning to Live Together Program which includes the 5 Keys to Success (You Can Do It!), Fun Friends, as well as a 3 week anti-bullying program, and Random Acts of Kindness. Explicit Teaching is achieved through:

  • Weekly lessons in classroom, including class discussions and activities
  • Weekly messages and performances on assembly
  • Staff modelling
  • Literature, drama and role playing

Specialist lessons on safety topics including sun safety, road safety, protective behaviours and drug education e.g. Adopt a Cop, Bravehearts, Life Education, Cybersafety.Specialist lessons on safety topics including sun safety, road safety, protective behaviours and drug education e.g. Adopt a Cop, Bravehearts, Life Education, Cybersafety.

  • Proactive programs run by our School Chaplain, Behaviour AVT and Guidance Officer

 

Our Responsible Behaviour Plan outlines our system for facilitating and encouraging positive behaviours and preventing and responding to unacceptable behaviours. Through our Learning to Live Together Program, expectations for student behaviour are clear to everyone, assisting our school to create and maintain a positive and productive learning and teaching environment.

 We believe in focusing on the positives and acknowledging appropriate behaviours as much as possible through:

  • 5Cs award (Term 1 and 3)
  • ‘A’ behaviour rating student BBQ and movie (Term 2 and 4)
  • Class Recognition for the least red cards and most 5Cs awards (once per term)
  • Student of the Week Awards - assembly
  • Learning to Live Together Tickets and Rosso Awards
  • Rewards Room
  • Playground Rangers (held one day a week for each Year Levels P-3)
  • Classroom Rewards Systems (e.g. prize box, outdoor game, extra computer time)
  • Verbal acknowledgement

You Can Do It!

All classrooms use the “You Can Do It” program to teach life skills and reinforce the basic attitudes and skills essential for school achievement, self-motivation and confidence. The YCDI lessons are developed to teach students from Prep to Year 6 how to achieve success and develop social-emotional well-being. The program focuses on teaching students the Five Foundations that together constitute a positive mindset for developing their academic potential. The Five Foundations are:

  • Confidence
  • Persistence
  • Organisation
  • Getting Along
  • Resilience

The program also teaches students how to think rationally and eliminate the negative mindset that is associated with certain behaviours. The students learn how to replace low self-esteem and anxiety with confidence, turn convert work avoidance into persistence, transform disorganisations into organisation, and turn rebelliousness and anger into playing by the rules and getting along with others.

Fun FRIENDS

The Fun FRIENDS Program for Prep to Year 2 students aims to:

  • Promote resilience in children and their families by providing strategies to help them approach life challenges with confidence.
  • Promote empathy in children towards others.
  • Assist children to make friends.

 

The program teaches students skills like: 

  • Understanding emotions in self and others;
  • Relaxation techniques;
  • Changing negative thinking into positive thinking;
  • How to be kind and empathic;
  • How to make and maintain friendships;
  • How to build self-esteem and confidence;
  • Dealing with bullying and peer pressure; and
  • Problem solving and positive coping strategies.