Student Wellbeing

Pascoe Vale South Primary School plays an important role in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students. Mental health is a state of wellbeing where people can meet their learning potential, cope with normal stresses, and are connected to community and their friends.

As well as increasing a person's opportunity and choices in life, promoting mental health and wellbeing as a core role in education helps students:

  • flourish in their education journey
  • build resilience against adversity
  • develop protective factors from mental ill-health
  • provide them with skills and confidence to self-seek help for early intervention.



Whole School Approaches we use at Pascoe Vale South Primary School involves everyone (schools leaders, teachers, staff and parents) to embed a safe and inclusive learning culture and environments, including:

  • providing social and emotional skills programs
  • providing timely support for those with additional needs
  • involving students and families in decision-making.  

Resilience building for students

Resilience is the ability to cope and thrive in the face of negative events, challenges or adversity. It is a skill that can be developed through:

  • positive social connections
  • safe environments
  • life skills such as positive coping and problem-solving skills
  • pro-social values
  • positive self-regard
  • and a sense of purpose and agency or responsibility.



At Pascoe Vale South Primary School all school staff, leaders, teachers and educators are given the resources and tools to promote and model behaviours, values and inclusivity, this improves teacher-student relationships and builds inclusive and safe school communities to support everyone's wellbeing and improved learning outcomes.

Our ongoing Social and Emotional Learning sessions promote Respectful Relationships through modelling of respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our students to build positive and healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. This curriculum enables all students to learn from real life situations that may be out in the playground, in the classroom or in the community. The  Victorian Curriculum supports the teaching of mental health, wellbeing and resilience of all students in schools through the learning areas of Health and Physical Education, and the Personal and Social Capability.

As well as Health and Physical Education focussing on PE, importantly it also focuses on students enhancing their own and others' health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. The curriculum focuses on supporting students to develop the understanding and skills they require to make healthy and safe choices that will enhance their own and others' health and wellbeing.

The Personal and Social Capability curriculum focuses and involves students:

  • learning to recognise and regulate emotions
  • develop empathy for others and understand relationships
  • establish and build a framework for positive relationships
  • work effectively in teams and develop leadership skills,
  • handle challenging situations constructively


Pascoe vale South Primary School aims to enhance the mental health and wellbeing and build resilience by:

  • fostering a friendly, respectful and inclusive environment
  • implementing a positive approach to behaviour management through SWPBS
  • revising regularly our policies addressing wellbeing and inclusion
  • driving improvement in wellbeing outcomes through the Framework for School Improvement (FISO)
  • providing opportunities for student participation and leadership
  • fostering strong partnerships with students, parents, carers, community and service providers.
  • explicitly teach social and emotional learning skills
  • provide a comprehensive wellbeing education program through our Social and Emotional Learning lessons and our Health and Physical Education lessons
  • explicitly develop personal and social capabilities
  • have high but achievable expectations for student learning and behaviour
  • promote positive and supportive teacher-student relationships and peer-peer relationships
  • use positive approaches to manage student behaviour, including fostering a range of strategies to prevent and respond to bullying
  • notice and intervene when students experience problems related to learning or wellbeing.
















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