We recognise that children who feel happy and supported within their school environment learn better.
At Araluen we have a Wellbeing Worker whose role is to support to students who require additional assistance with social or behavioural issues. The Wellbeing Worker will also work with parents and teachers to support students in need or at risk. You will see him accompanied by his four-legged friend – Honey. She has been adopted as our school dog and even wears a school uniform! She is a great support to students who are experiencing emotional difficulties.
For students who require additional support, we enlist the services of qualified staff such as psychologists, speech therapists and hearing specialists from the Wellington office of the Department of Education.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, parent volunteers and students from the Coolibah Crew assist in running Breakfast Club in the Coolibah Café. This program is funded through local businesses supporting our school as well as sponsorship from the Education Department. Breakfast Club is free for all students. Not only is it wonderful to be able to provide a healthy breakfast for all our students, but it is also a great opportunity for them to make new friends, socialise with others while playing games and listening to music.
Each Foundation student is supported in their transition to school with a Buddy from grade 5. The Grade 5 Buddies meet with their Foundation student every week, where they will read to them and play games. This partnership extends to the yard, where the Buddies will often play with their Foundation student and help them solve minor friendship issues.
When the Buddies reach Grade 6, they continue the relationship they have formed and will follow their student up, as they become year 1 students.
Grade 5 and 6 students are carefully selected to be trained as Peer Assist Leaders. These students are highly visible in the yard and help junior students to solve their own minor issues.