Young people thrive in school when they feel happy, confident and secure.
Student wellbeing is a whole school approach in partnership with parents and the wider community.
Baxter Primary School makes every effort to provide a secure and supportive environment so that students feel safe and are free from harm.
KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools that has been proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.
KidsMatter provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.
At Baxter, Year 4 children are given the responsibility of caring for a Foundation child. Year 4’s are given this responsibility so that they can develop a relationship over a three year period with the Foundation student they are allocated.
Since term one, the Foundation students and Year 4’s have met regularly. It has been a wonderful way to get to know the students and see their positive interactions with another grow. Through the buddy program, the Foundations are able to develop a sense of belonging, a sense of security, a knowledge of expectations, social skills, confidence, independence and other focus skills.
The Year 4’s are able to develop relationships, responsibility and a sense of purpose. Year 4 children are also able to assist the younger students with learning the rules, showing them around the school, assisting outside, helping them at the canteen and by simply being a friendly face out in the yard.
The buddy program is highly successful and the sessions are eagerly anticipated by both the Preps and Year 4 students.
Baxter Primary School is very fortunate to be able to implement the National School Chaplain Program. The aim of the NSCP is to support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
Chaplains support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community. They work closely with wellbeing and allied health staff in schools to support students and their educational outcomes, staff, families and the wider school community.
The Chaplaincy Program is in its eleventh year at Baxter Primary School. I have been privileged to be the Chaplain over this period of time. It is a real honor to work in such a caring supportive school environment.
It is important to understand that Chaplaincy, whilst is financially and practically supported by Baxter Primary School and Access Ministries, it is not a religious based program. The main focus is on the wellbeing and welfare of the children, parents and teachers within the school and the wider communities connected to the school. A Chaplain is available to address a variety of issues, concerns and critical incidents as they arise.
The Chaplaincy program aims to meet the needs of the students and their families through using a holistic approach caring for their emotional, physical, social and mental wellbeing. Over the years I have been a Chaplain my role is to provide a safe, secure environment where all members of the school community can access me on a one to one capacity exploring strategies and resolutions with me to build a stronger level of resilience and a clearer perspective on the next positive steps to take to improve their circumstances.
This year we have successfully started a mentoring program in partnership with Kids Hope Australia. The purpose of this is for children to have an adult visit them once a week supporting them in their educational, emotional, social and personal growth.
Every Tuesday with the support of teachers and volunteers we run a breakfast club that promotes the importance of a daily healthy breakfast and inclusion within our school.
We also have a classroom that has been transformed and utilised as a family community room for all students and parents. The room has a variety of toys, games and activities for all ages. It is a great space for parents to catch up and have a cuppa together whilst their children enjoy some free play.
I am present at the school every Monday and Tuesday. All parents, carers and children are welcome to visit. For the adults a cuppa is always available.
I look forward to being of assistance when your child attends Baxter Primary School.
Student Leaders at Baxter Primary School are given a variety of opportunities to represent its students both at school and within the local community.
Our whole school assemblies are hosted by our Year 6 Leaders with the structure and design of the assembly being developed by the students.
A focus for Baxter Primary School in the future is ‘to improve student agency and engagement in their learning.’ We currently have a working team investigating best practice in this area which will guide the role of our Student Leaders into the future.
Working with Children
Any adult who works with, or within, proximity to children is required under State and Federal Law to have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC).
In order for our school to be compliant with the WWCC Act and receive notifications on the status of Volunteer Working with Children Checks, your WWCC must be linked to Baxter Primary School.
Please log onto workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au and check that your WWCC is current and is linked to Baxter Primary School.
Please link your WWCC to our school so that you can be eligible to assist on excursions and with reading.
Your co-operation with this essential task is greatly appreciated.
Further information regarding working with children checks can be found on the Justice and Regulation Website for the State of Victoria Government System.
Breakfast club is held every Tuesday morning from 8:30am in our school hall.
Coordinated by our Chaplain, Sonia Cann-Milland, the program is supported by other staff, parents and volunteers to provide a healthy, hot breakfast for all those that attend.
Breakfast club is open to all students and has become a great social activity with parents and siblings joining in on a weekly basis.
Our breakfast club is proudly sponsored by Foodbank Victoria and Woolworths Baxter.