RESILIENCE, RIGHTS AND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
Mackellar Primary School is proud to be a lead school in the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships initiative. The purpose of the Respectful Relationships Education is to support schools in promoting and modelling respect, positive attitudes and behaviours, and to teach our young people how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that respectful attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings. Respectful Relationships is about fostering a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields and social events. This whole school approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) learning materials cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across all levels of primary and secondary education:
1. Emotional Literacy
2. Personal Strengths
3. Positive Coping
5. Stress Management
6. Help Seeking
7. Gender and Identity
8. Positive Gender Relationships
The Respectful relationships education program takes a developmental approach to content and delivery. Over the years of schooling from Foundation through to Year 12, students will be exposed to learning opportunities that help them build respectful relationships in their lives.
Foundation to Year 2
Students develop the capacity to understand and self-regulate their emotions in ways that account for their feelings and the feelings of others. They also develop skills to initiate social interactions.
The program content explores the people who are important to these young students and develops their capacity to initiate and maintain respectful relationships in different contexts, including at school, at home and in the classroom. Students explore their own sense of self and the factors that contribute to and influence their identities. They learn about emotions and how to enhance their interactions with others as they grow older.
Years 3 to 6
The program’s focus broadens to include the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support students’ wellbeing and that of their family and friends. Personal and social skills take on an increasing importance as they look to family, peers and the community for role models. They develop communication skills, social skills and behaviours required for respectful relationships. They also begin to explore personal and social factors that support and contribute to their identities and emotional responses in varying situations. Students explore knowledge, understanding and skills that help them build and maintain respectful relationships. They also develop skills to manage their emotions and examine how the nature of their relationships may change over time.
Earlier this year, four members from our student leadership team proudly represented our school at the Brimbank Respectful Relationships Student Forum. Chanel, Owen, Phoebe and Luka collaborated with students from many local schools about how to lead positive changes within our school and broader community. Our students also met with guest speakers from Headspace and The Victorian Student Representative Council, the peak body representing student voices in Victoria.
I am extremely proud of the range of interpersonal communication skills that our students demonstrated at the forum, including assertiveness, reflective listening, team work and problem-solving.