Wellbeing in the age of Covid-19
This is of the utmost priority. When times are uncertain we need to be extra mindful of our physical and mental health. Respect, teamwork and support are essential…
Bundarra recognises this is a new space, we are all learning together.
- Advice as to a home learning set up will be provided.
- Help documents and “How to” videos are to be provided wherever possible.
- Some of these will be made by staff and others located on the internet.
- Wellbeing support regularly to parents- check in phone calls when possible.
Key Bundarra health and wellbeing contacts for families:
- Kate Mee/ Tara Hulonce- 0481 108 890
- Bundarra Primary email- Bundarra.firstname.lastname@example.org
Parenting Education program opportunity
Please find below information regarding the FREE telephone based parenting education program is for parents, grandparents caring for their grandchildren and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years, living in Victoria. The aim of this program is to increase access for all families including fathers, grandparents, kinship carers and rural families. Participants will be provided with a workbook or online modules and will be supported by weekly 30 minute phone calls from a trained Parent Educator over a 6 to 10 week period. Appointments are available daytime and evenings.
This service is funded by The Department of Health and Human Services. Please phone 1800 880 660 for further information.
Wellbeing Apps and websites for you and your family:
- Calm- for mindfulness and meditation https://www.calm.com/
- Smiling mind- meditation https://www.smilingmind.com.au/
- Worry time- https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/reachout-worrytime
- Check In- https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/the-check-in
- Headspace- https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/headspace
- STOP, BREATHE AND THINK- https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/stop-breathe-and-think
- Beyond Blue- https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ 1300 22 4636
- Kids helpline- https://kidshelpline.com.au/ 1800 55 1800
- Child First 1300 543 779
Physical health Apps for you and your family:
- Nurse on Call- 1300 606 024 https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/primary-and-community-health/primary-care/nurse-on-call
- Health tap- https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/health-tap
- Run club- https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/nike-run-club
- Vic health- https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/vichealth-apps/healthy-living-apps
Fun Play ideas for young children:
- Banish the boredom ideas…
It is important to follow all of the advice we are being given about social distancing and self-isolating. If we all do our part by staying home with our immediate family only, then we will flatten the curve & reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
This means changes to how we do things. It will be difficult for families – no socialising, no play dates, no trips away, no family visits or gathering for Easter – but we all need to do our part & follow the guidelines.
Raising children website- https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/coronavirus-covid-19-guide
Social distancing explained for children- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPrYN0C3Kvw
Remember when you’re not involved in formal learning to have some fun! Enjoy some quality time with your children – play, read books, play some more, build cubbies in your loungeroom, back yard cricket, Lego, board games, puzzles, bike rides and more.
Talking to children about Coronavirus
Knowing how to speak to children and young people about the Covid-19 situation is tricky.
Here are some articles that may assist families in approaching the topic.
Berry Street advice
The BIG 3 tips for parents- Andrew Fuller
Student Wellbeing at Bundarra
At Bundarra we truly understand the importance of building quality relationships between students, teachers, parents and the wider community. We pride ourselves on creating a safe and caring environment where Restorative Practices and our “You Can Do It” values program underpin and optimise the social, emotional and academic development of all of our students.
Bundarra Primary School has an extensive array of supports for students with additional needs. Support includes a fulltime Well Being co-ordinator and Community Liaison Officer who work with students and families. We also have an integration manager who works with our ES team to successfully support students with special needs through programs, transition, Support meetings etc. We offer a range of intervention programs to support students such as Fountas and Pinnell. We implement Language Support Programs (MiniLit and MaqLit) where students receive regular Literacy intervention in small groups to support their Literacy needs. In addition, we use JEMM and EMM maths programs and staff QuickSmart (Numeracy Intervention) to support mathematics development in the upper years. Our staff effectively collaborate through their Professional Learning Team planning meetings to cater for all students’ point of need with their learning and we develop Individual Learning Plans to support students with personalised learning goals. Team Leaders support teams to analyse student learning data, implement effective teaching strategies and to facilitate timely intervention and support in Literacy and Numeracy.
In 2019, Bundarra began the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) with extensive staff training and implementation across the whole school. More information on the BSEM can be found here: https://learning.berrystreet.org.au/focus-areas/berry-street-education-model
Alongside this, the ‘You Can Do It’ program is fully implemented into school life from Foundation to year 6, explicitly supporting school values. The school has an annual school concert as part of an Artist in Residence program. With every student performing on stage, this production provides a vehicle for teaching many valuable skills.
We have a very supportive parent community in the form of a Parents and Friends group and an active School Council. Parents work as volunteers to maintain the school environment, organise fundraising and social activities, and help us provide quality education opportunities. Parents are in the school daily, helping in the classroom, the library, at sporting events or on camps and excursions. We couldn’t do all the things we do without parental support. We look forward to you joining us.