Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Croydon Community School has been involved in the Respectful Relationships initiative for a number of years, being a pilot school and evolving our practice since then. Students engage in classroom activities and whole school activities in varying degrees throughout the year. Students work through ideas and contribute in their advisories by exploring ideas and discuss topics through collaborative learning. Each Advisory runs 1 or 2 Respectful Relationship classes each week to gain skills and knowledge in self-awareness, self-management and coping strategies.
In the family violence prevention space, the term ‘Respectful Relationships’ has a very specific meaning – the building and promotion of gender equity in relationships, and the challenging of gender stereotypes. The topics cover Emotional literacy, Personal strengths, Positive coping, Problem solving, Stress management, Help-seeking, Gender and identity and Positive gender relations.
We are also a Lead school in the initiative, working with 8 other Partner schools to support them to embed the whole school approach and build their own practice within their school. This has also been an opportunity to share practice and create a community of schools learning together and supporting each other.
Positive Education is being implemented amongst staff throughout this year. Developing Positive Education through staff culture will allow the program to filter through to students and support the further implementation within our school culture. The implementation of Positive Education is supported by the Wellbeing Team.
Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. We refer to flourishing as a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’. Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Through teaching these valuable life skills, Croydon Community School hopes to provide its students with an increased capacity to learn effectively, as well as offering them a strong foundation on which they can build a successful life. As staff we are actively engaging with Positive Education throughout 2019 to “learn it and live it”. We are determined to use the tools in Positive Education to develop a lifestyle that flourishes no matter what life throws at us which encompasses our professional and personal lives.
Through Positive Education we hope to inspire our young people to implement it in their own lives and discover the opportunities they have to live a life that is fulfilled. We hope to create a school culture that nurtures and encourages students to take their learning to a new level while developing skills that can support their emotional wellbeing throughout their life.
Maroondah Positive Education Network (Plus10 Schools)
The Maroondah Positive Education Network (formerly Plus10 Schools) is a partnership between Maroondah City Council, the Maroondah Principals Network, the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training, the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Positive Education, who are working together to implement Positive Education in order to raise the wellbeing of young people in Maroondah.
The Maroondah Positive Education Network which includes Croydon Community School, aims to increase the wellbeing and educational outcomes of students in Maroondah through the implementation of Positive Education and targeted wellbeing initiatives. Using a collective impact framework Council and local schools are working together with community agencies and world leaders in Positive Education to share practice, build expertise and work collaboratively to achieve meaningful outcomes for young people. This enables Council to mobilise community resources towards our common goal and expand our impact on raising the wellbeing of young people.