What is KidsMatter?
KidsMatter Primary is all about growing healthy minds. KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework that helps schools focus on the development of all their students in partnership with families. It was developed by mental health and education experts and has already made a big difference to the lives of Australian children. Visit www.kidsmatter.edu.au if you are interested in reading more.
What does that mean for GCCC Primary?
Through KidsMatter Primary we will undertake a two-to three-year cyclical process in which we will plan and take action to be a positive community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, promoting:
- social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
- working authentically with parents, carers and families
- support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
What is the next step?
The first component of KidsMatter Primary is focused on developing a positive school community. We will be building on the wonderful things that already happen here at GCCC in partnership with our school families. Positive and respectful relationships at school help children and families feel that they belong and that their contributions are valued. A positive school community also gives children a sense of security that their needs will be met. Research shows that when children and families feel connected to school, children are less likely to develop mental health difficulties and are more likely to succeed academically
Can I be involved?
Yes! In coming weeks there will be an online survey designed for us to gather information about how GCCC’s school community is perceived from the perspective of families. We would love for as many parents as possible to complete the survey so we have a starting point from which to continue developing a positive school community.
We are excited about undertaking the KidsMatter journey here at GCCC!
The GCCC KidsMatter Action Team