WHAT IS THE WELLBEING CLASSROOM?
THE WELLBEING CLASSROOM is a school based positive early intervention framework for children aged 3-12, their families, and their wider communities.
The development of positive wellbeing needs to be a daily communal conversation between school, home, and the wider community. Families need to learn together, and fruitful relationships need to be developed between teachers and parents.
The Wellbeing Classroom is not a program as such, but rather a model or framework to assist in developing long term pedagogical change within the classroom environment. It seeks to support parents, teachers, other staff, professionals and the wider community to rebalance their roles, so as to provide children with the best possible environment to ensure holistic and meaningful development.
Wellbeing is far more than the absence of illness or distress.
It is the ability to thrive and live for and to our absolute potential.
In 2012, a partnership between Schools Ministry Group (SMG) Community Services, Salisbury Communities for Children, the University of South Australia, and Ingle Farm East Primary School, led to the planning and implementation of multiple strategies to support the classroom teacher to constructively respond to the needs of each child in the class.
The classroom teacher was coached and supported to embed the explicit teaching of wellbeing as central to all curriculum areas. Family Learning Evenings invited whole families to come and learn together followed by a community meal.
In 2014, a report entitled The Wellbeing Classroom was released, detailing the findings of an evaluation of the project conducted by The University of South Australia. Click here to access the full report.
Fast forward to today and the Wellbeing Classroom has been rolled out in over 50 classrooms in Metro Adelaide and Regional areas of South Australia, including Pt Augusta and Whyalla.
It means being at our best cognitively, spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically.
our understanding of wellbeing
Every child and family enters the world with potential. Their expectations and perceptions of life are shaped by their story and experiences. Wellbeing is far more than the absence of illness or distress. It is the ability to thrive and live for and to our absolute potential. It means being at our best cognitively, spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically. Wellbeing and learning cannot be separated.
It is about using our specific gifts, talents and strengths to achieve and succeed. This includes how we gather and process information. It involves the development of a passion of gaining knowledge and experiencing learning, linked closely with our vocation and life purpose.
It is what drives us, what gets us out of bed in the morning. It can be connected to culture, faith, or community. It includes the beliefs and values which we hold, and by which we make all decisions and engage with others. It is our meaning and purpose.
Emotions fuel our thoughts and behaviours. We need to be able to give language to and understand our emotions, as well as those of others. It is about how we then self-regulate our emotions, how we cope with life, and our levels of resilience.
People thrive when they experience the protectives factor of positive relationships, connectedness, and belonging to community. It includes our ability to engage prosocial behaviours, and to demonstrate empathy towards one another, understanding and acknowledging each other’s story and experience.
Every experience in life has the ability to impact on our physical wellbeing. It is about how we feel physically, how we look after ourselves, our nutrition, our sense of safety, and our readiness to take on the day.