Social and Emotional Learning

All students at Waverley Meadows Primary School can thrive in a safe and supportive environment with consistent wellbeing practices embedded across the school. We teach social and emotional skills using a philosophy of behaviour education and student self-regulation that fosters independent, self-motivated, empathetic, life-long learners.

Students participate in lessons and activities that promote and develop personal and social competencies. There are five guiding concepts that are embedded through classroom activities and a specific and empowering self-reflective language that helps children to master their behaviour so they can become responsible and capable members of society.

The five guiding key concepts are:

  • Treat others as you would like them to treat you (the Golden Rule) – if someone is unlike you, seek to understand them
  • Participate to progress – be brave and step into the unknown! The braver you are, the more you learn
  • Pursue your personal best no matter who you work with – we don’t come to school to be better than others, but to better ourselves by working with others
  • Have reasons for the things you say and do – if you don’t know why you are doing something then don’t do it because it’s most likely wrong
  • It takes great strength to be sensible – we do the right thing because it’s the best thing to do.   

Strong relationships are developed between peers, teachers, and the broader community through participation in many activities through the year that highlight the school’s values, build resilience and develop empathy.

Students at Waverley Meadows learn the importance of maintaining respectful relationships, recognising their own feelings, responding to changing emotions as they grow, and understanding their right to feel safe at all times.

To support our comprehensive wellbeing practices, we also use, participate in or support the following additional programs and initiatives to further enhance our students’ opportunities for social and emotional development.

  • The Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum – Department of Education
  • The National Day of Action against Bullying – Bullying. No Way!
  • Building Respectful Relationships – Department of Education
  • Harmony Day
  • Life Education Van
  • Health initiatives – school nurse (Foundation), school dentist