Dederang Primary School is fortunate to have Christina Torio as our part-time school chaplain/well-being teacher. Christina works at our school three days per week and offers:
Christina also drives our schools social and emotional wellbeing program, teaching resilience, empathy, gratitude and mindfulness to students as part of our weekly Social and Emotional Learning lessons.
We take a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships Education and are in our second year of the Resilience Project program with Alpine Health. Dederang Primary School is also recognised as a Kids Matter School.
At Dederang Primary School children are taught 5 concepts of Emotional Intelligence through our daily Physical Education classes and weekly Social and Emotional Learning classes. Having a deep understanding of these concepts ensures that children have the skills to build a safe school environment and embrace the ups and downs of life and learning. Being emotionally intelligent has the greatest impact on academic outcomes.
Each concept is taught through the guidance of the Life Raft program, developed within Wilson McCaskil’s Play is the Way Program. This program is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional learning using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language which is embedded across all levels of our school. The 5 concepts that children learn then become our mantras within the school and help us to live our school values of Be Safe, Be a Learner and Be Respectful
For further information and recommended reading for parents, please visit the ‘Play is the Way’ website: www.playistheway.com.au