35 Memorial Avenue
DOWERIN WA 6461

dowerin.dhs@education.wa.edu.au
Tel: (08)  96311  030
Fax: (08) 96311  180

© 2013 by Dowerin District High School

Articulated in the 2013-15 Business Plan are the strategies and resources (planned and in place) to support social and emotional wellbeing for all students. To achieve our goal of a safe, caring and inclusive environment; a consistent, considered and collaborative approach is adopted across the school.

STUDENT WELLBEING

is defined as a sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences at school.

 

Literature Review - Scoping Study into approaches to student wellbeing.

Australian Catholic University and Erebus International

STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM and LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The Student Leadership Team, comprising of the Class Representatives and Faction Leaders provide valuable direction for many school decisions.  Supported by a staff coordinator, Miss Stephanie Hibbitt, they also promote charity days, inter-faction activities, student - staff challenges, and host the formal school assemblies. This group of students are expected to demonstrate leadership attributes and model expected behaviours at all times.

 

All students, whether part of the Leadership Team or not,  have a variety of opportunities to develop their leadership skills by committing to available roles and responsibilities in the classroom and taking advantages of situations in the playground which benefit from an individual or group taking on a leadership role. A good example of this is the way many students choose to become actively involved in the Stephanie Alexander Garden during their break times.

 

 

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

SCHOOL CHAPLAIN

Our school chaplain  makes valuable contributions to the social and emotional wellbeing of many of our students and their families. Working in classrooms across a range of learning areas and ages, and providing lunch time craft activities results in Mrs Hagboom building meaningful relationships with many students. She regularly supports individual students and their families in times of need, with her role being enhanced by the many links she has within our local and wider community.  The Chaplain is mostly funded through the National School Chaplaincy Program, with the shortfall being fundraised by the community. Our provider, YouthCARE gives tremendous support to our Chaplain and supports the school to operate within appropriate guidelines.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES,  DOWERIN VALUES & GOAL SETTING

 

The restorative approach to behaviour management, coupled with explicit teaching and reinforcement of the Dowerin Values, promotes an environment where students consider how their actions impact on others and encourage positive relationships between all students.

 

Positive student behaviour is acknowledged through Playground Rewards Points, certificates at assemblies and verbal affirmations of desired actions.

 

Students also engage in goal  setting programs; making and reflecting upon short, medium and long term personal and class goals. We believe this helps students to identify areas for improvement in a constructive and achievable way and then reflect upon their progress towards these goals, acknowledging their achievements along the way.

PHYSICAL, SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

At times, some students may feel or be unable to cope with aspects of school.  This can have a negative impact on their social and emotional wellbeing so the school liaises and engages with a  number of agencies to identify ways in which the school can support the student and, if required, their family.

 

Professionals and agencies regularly involved with the school include:

  • Department of Education School Psychologist

  • School Nurse

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Speech Therapist

  • Wheatbelt Mental Health

  • Disability Services

BREAKFAST CLUB

A hearty, healthy breakfast helps fuel students so they can fully participate in their education program. All students are welcome to share breakfast (fully supplied) on Monday and Thursday mornings between 8.20am and 8.40am in the Home Economics Room.  Parent volunteers are greatly appreciated. If you would like to assist, please contact the School Office.

SCHOOL CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS

Engagement in camps and excursions encourages students to develop resilience and independence by offering less familiar challenges. These opportunities also facilitate the growth of relationships with peers by providing a variety of environments for social, academic and non-academic interactions.

 

Camps are offered approximately every two years for students in Year 5-10. In 2019 students in Years 5 and 6 students attended camp and in 2020 students in Years 7-10 will head to Canberra for a week to explore the attractions in the country's capital.