Dederang Primary School

Where each child is challenged to be curious, creative and caring

Ph: 02 6028 9331

Social & Emotional Wellbeing

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:

  • Pastoral care support to the whole school community – including students, families and staff
  • Educational and small group programs to address specific needs
  • The building of connections with the wider community
  • Intervention and trauma support in crises and emergencies

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.

Play is the Way

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:

Respectful Relationships

We take a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships Education.