At Dingley Primary School, we put the wellbeing of our students first by incorporating opportunities for Social and Emotional Learning into our programs. We have a behaviour support program that is consistent across our whole school. Each classroom and specialist area develop, with the students, their expectations through classroom agreements. We provide students with the opportunity to make better choices and ensures they are equipped with the skills for lifelong learning.

Students have opportunities to practise their social and emotional learning in safe classroom environments, where we have created a culture of celebrating efforts and encouraging students to demonstrate their Growth Mindset across all areas of the curriculum. A recent focus has been on enhancing students engagement through regular practise of mindfulness through mindful colouring, meditation, manipulating different materials and resources that vary from level to level.

Our Wellbeing Program involves students, parents, school staff and support agencies in developing Individual Education Plans that target specific academic, behavioural and social needs for students. Parents are kept informed of student progress and work in collaboration with the school to ensure student learning is maximised. Staff members work collaboratively to ensure that the learning journey of each student is smooth, logical and seamless. Leadership and teachers work collaboratively to continue to use data to inform of individual needs to maximise potential.

Dingley Primary School uses the Compass Platform as the tool to communicate with parents including:
– excursion notifications
– distribution of our weekly newsletter
– upcoming events through the yearly calendar
– interview bookings, etc

Compass also enables parents to communicate efficiently with the school for a variety of reasons: absence reasons, online payments, parent-teacher interviews, semester reporting, wellbeing and behaviour management communications, etc.

Kimochis

The philosophy behind Kimochis is that the toys act as a third party through which children can explore and build understanding of common emotions experienced by them and by those around them. 

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'Kimochi' is the Japanese word for feeling and each toy, or what is called a 'Kimochi character' comes with three small pillows with a feeling written on one side and a face depicting that emotion on the other. The Kimochi characters have been crafted to represent common personality traits that children might exhibit or see in one another, and come with their own backstories that flesh out who they are and why they behave in particular ways. For example Bug, a caterpillar is described as 'thoughtful ... and extremely cautious. He is really smart, a skilled conversationalist and is known to talk himself and others out of any given situation, because he likes to examine all sides' (kimochis.com.au, 2013). The three Kimochis or feelings that Bug comes with are Happy, Brave and Left Out.

Here at Dingley Primary School, our students use the Kimochi characters to explore their own feelings and consider those of others in a non-threatening way. 'By reflecting feelings, Kimochis enable children to identify their own feelings, and acquire the Kimochis core skills for interaction and connection. At the same time they also build an appropriate 'feelings vocabulary', one feeling at a time, in a fun tactile interactive way' (LuluCo International, 2014).