Student Wellbeing

We believe that the emotional and physical wellbeing of our students is at the core of their development as resilient, respectful and happy learners. We understand that students reach their full potential when they are happy, healthy and safe, and that a positive school culture helps to engage students and support them in their learning.  Our whole school approach to student wellbeing is based on building respectful and positive relationships within our community. We provide an educational environment that ensures that all students are valued and cared for, feel they are part of the school, and can engage effectively in their learning and experience success. 


The whole school approach to wellbeing at Ivanhoe East Primary School consists of the following essential, interconnected elements, which together promote knowing and understanding of one another, positive relationships, gender equality and care within our community.




Our Values

Ivanhoe East Primary School has four core values, which reflect our shared beliefs, understandings and view of our desired future and underpin how we operate.


Curiosity is always wanting to learn new things.                        

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Resilience is persisting through challenging situations.   

    • We see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.


    Respect is valuing everyone’s rights, beliefs and differences.

    • We treat everyone equally.

    Friendship is being inclusive and supportive of others.

    • We are kind, honest and trustworthy.


    Respectful Relationships


    Respectful Relationships is an evidence-based whole school approach to promoting positive relationships, social and emotional skills and gender equity within our school community.


    It has been developed to tackle family violence through education and was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Evidence is clear that efforts to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people has been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing.


    Ivanhoe East Primary school utilize the learning materials for each year level for students to develop their social and emotional understandings and skills. The Respectful Relationships learning materials have been produced to align with the Victorian Curriculum.


    Zones of Regulation

    Ivanhoe East Primary School practices and utilizes the Zones of Regulation to supports children to manage difficult emotions, known as ‘self-regulation’. We want to teach all of our children good coping and regulation strategies so they can help themselves when they experience anxiety and stress. In the classroom, sometimes children panic when faced with a tricky learning problem or challenge. By teaching them how to cope with these feelings might make them better at tackling learning challenges and build better resilience so they don’t give up so easily when faced with difficulty.


    We aim to help children to:

    • Recognise when they are in the different Zones and learn how to change or stay in the Zone they are in.
    • Increase their emotional vocabulary so they can explain how they are feeling.
    • Recognise when other people are in different Zones, thus developing better empathy.
    • Develop an insight into what might make them move into the different Zones.
    • Understand that emotions, sensory experiences such as lack of sleep or hunger and their environment might influence which Zone they are in.
    • Develop problem-solving skills and resilience.
    • Identify a range of calming and alerting strategies that support them (known as their personal ‘toolkit’.


    Smiling Minds

    Smiling Minds is an evidence-based approach to support student mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness improves attention, working memory, cognitive flexibility, reasoning, planning, goal directed behaviour and self-regulation, essential skills when it comes to learning new information. Mindfulness also reduces emotional reactivity, behavioural issues, anxiety, and depression. This means students have fewer potential obstacles standing in the way of their learning.


    Ivanhoe East Primary School is using Smiling Minds to improve student, teacher and community wellbeing, by

    • Promoting and modelling mindfulness during Tuning In time
    • Utilizing the mindful mindsets
    • Teaching social and emotional learning, in conjunction with RRRR



    Positive Behaviour Management

    Ivanhoe East Primary School practices and believes in using positive behaviour management and preventative measures to manage student behaviour and support choices. We firmly believe that discipline techniques are most effective when children feel cared for and know that their needs will be met.

    • Our positive behaviour management hierarchy begins with individual teacher rewards to acknowledge the everyday things that contribute to a positive classroom culture. This is individual to every teacher and their year level, for example positive praise, stickers, quality time, extra choices etc.
    • Student of the week is utilized weekly to acknowledge students demonstrating the school values.
    • Students who go above and beyond earn themselves Green Cards. Students who earn themselves a Green Card are celebrated by the school Leadership team and go into a weekly raffle.



    Daily Model of Practice

    Every day at Ivanhoe East Primary School, there are key wellbeing touchpoints that prioritize student’s social and emotional health and capacity to concentrate in their learning.



    Community Circle


    Community circle is time for students to come together in the morning and at the end of the day to build a strong, inclusive class community. The expectations during community circle may vary from class to class, but the non-negotiables are:

    • Appreciation of others (i.e. no put-downs)
    • Listen attentively
    • Respect everyone
    • Right to pass (students can pass when it's their turn)

    Discussion Topics

    Discussions can vary according to the classroom needs and teacher discretion. They could focus on:

    • Reflection on the day or reflection on behaviour
    • Sharing information about ourselves
    • Discussing issues from the class or in the world
    • Posing questions to one another


    Tuning In

    ‘Tuning in’ is time after recess or lunch, and any other time students need, to settle into learning. It may include calming, mindfulness, stretching or listening activities for preferably 2-3 minutes. This support student’s ability to concentrate in their learning.


    Shared Expectations


    At Ivanhoe East Primary School, we acknowledge our responsibility to provide an educational environment that ensures that all students are valued and cared for, feel they are part of the school, and can engage effectively in their learning and experience success.

    Our school shared expectations include:

    • Inclusive teaching practices
    • Rights and responsibilities and classroom agreements clearly displayed in each classroom and referred to
    • Positive behaviour management
    • Daily community circle
    • Weekly social and emotional teaching/learning
    • Use and reference to the school’s values
    • Use and reference to the Behaviour Flow Chart
    • Parent/carer partnerships and liaison
    • Provision of appropriate student services