Wellbeing for Learning and Life
In 2020, Henley Beach Primary School is focused on literacy, numeracy and wellbeing. This has meant that the staff has re-evaluated some of our practice and made some decisions to shape several whole school wellbeing approaches. In this newsletter, I am going to write about VoiceIt.
VoiceIt is a student wellbeing ambassador toolkit. It has resources that students and educators can use to increase wellbeing in the classroom and across their school. This approach gives students a way to share their thinking, make decisions and put their ideas about wellbeing into action. VoiceIt uses the General Capabilities and Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum and Teaching for Effective Learning as a basis. It uses a 7-step process for project development. These steps are explore, imagine, connect, plan, do, share, reflect.
This is a different student voice model from the more traditional SRC approach. With VoiceIt, many more students will be able to experience a leadership role and can take direct action (following the VoiceIt process) to make changes they think are important. Our Eco Warriors are a good example of how this can work. At HBPS, student VoiceIt groups may decide to:
· examine school data (wellbeing and engagement collection) and use the information to ask questions, design tasks, projects or activities
· focus on a wellbeing celebration or event (for example, Harmony Day or Book Week) and design tasks, projects or activities to promote these
- focus on a wellbeing issue (for example, use of our basketball courts) and develop ways to promote positive interactions in the school
- improve wellbeing in the classroom (for example care group topics, respectful relationships)
- use the toolkit for a range of other projects and activities that help students connect with each other and with the broader community.
Together, we can make HBPS an even more vibrant and supportive learning environment. So, let the ideas flow and then let your teachers and Dr Donna know what we can all do to grow and improve.