Mental health at the LDC

At the LDC we have an explicit program around teaching social skills which lay the foundation for communication, friendship and ongoing positive mental health. At this time of year, many of you will be thinking about how to best support your child/ren in 2019 whether it is at the LDC or a mainstream school. Here are some resources to help you plan for your child:

KidsMatter is a framework our school is using to plan for meeting the needs of our students’ mental health in the areas of:

  • creating positive school and early childhood communities
  • teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
  • working together with families
  • recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.

To learn more about KidsMatter, have a look at this video:

We have a Student Wellbeing team made up of administrators, teachers, Education Assistants and Speech Pathologists dedicated to ensuring we are targeting mental health with our students and staff. Young people perform better when they have clear rules and consequences, and when they know that the adults in their lives expect the best of them. Here are some ways families can support resilience and build boundaries which are critical factors of good mental health such as:

  • Be clear about the routines of family life: bedtime, sleep time, meal times
  • Have agreed clear rules about the use of computers and mobile phones at home, in the bedroom, when you have guests, after lights out
  • Instil hope in young people. Let them know that you think great things are on offer for them and that you love them and believe in them
  • Encourage them to succeed at lots of things
  • Allow them to see they can improve with practice
  • Encourage them to dream big about what their life can be
  • Have a zero-tolerance approach to violence, rudeness and intimidation in your family.
  • Kindness Challenge

Our school Kindness Challenges began on Week 4 and will go through till the end of Week 7. It is a lovely lead up to Kindness Day which is on the 19th Nov (SDD). It is so fantastic to see different acts of kindness happening all day everyday around the school between the students, staff and students and between staff. Please remember to ask your child what act of kindness they have done today.

As a backdrop for the graduation assembly we will have a NEMLDC Values Tree. Each student will have a leaf to represent themselves and each staff member will have a nut. This leaf will demonstrate our sense of community and celebrate our diversity.

Staff meetings

Our staff have been very busy looking at our school assessment data in our staff meetings so we can plan for 2019 and continue the great progress we are making in all curriculum areas. We look at data trends across year levels and classes and teachers use their collaborative DOTT to analyse how their individual students are tracking so we can best meet the needs of every student. A focus in our school’s 2018-2020 Business Plan is Developing a Data Literate staff and we are making great gains in this area.

If you would like to know more about the West Australian Curriculum you can check out the School Curriculum Standards Authority website

Outdoor classroom day

In week 4, all of our Pre-primary classes at West Morley took part in Outdoor Classroom Day. Staff and students spent the day doing nature related activities in all curriculum areas such as patterning, counting, practising concepts – under, over etc, story-telling and the scientific skills of observing/comparing. Here are some photos of the children enjoying our beautiful nature playground. This will be our current PP students’ playground in 2019 so it was also a great chance for them to become familiar with it.