KidsMatter – Every FACE has a PLACE!
We know that children thrive when they have a sense of belonging. Children need strong, positive connections with friends who support and understand them, and people they can turn to for help. It matters to children. It matters to you. It matters to KidsMatter Primary. It matters to us at St Paul Apostle North Primary School.
KidsMatter Primary is an Australian initiative for primary schools that provides a framework, resources and support to identify and implement strategies to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students.
KidsMatter began as a pilot program in 100 schools across Australia in 2007 – 2008. The evaluation of the pilot showed improvements in student wellbeing, behaviour, and learning outcomes.
KidsMatter Primary gives our school access to the latest thinking and research on mental health and wellbeing including:
• Strategies to help us build a positive school community
• Social and emotional learning resources for use in and beyond our classrooms
• Practical ideas for working with our families
• Specific guidance to help any of our children with mental health difficulties.
KidsMatter Primary is a great example of a partnership between education and health. The partners are the Principals Australia Institute, beyondblue, and the Australian Psychological Society.
The KidsMatter whole-school approach assists our school to be the best possible places to nurture and support the wellbeing and academic achievement of all students.