SMRSS is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment and the creation of a culture that values and supports the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of all staff, students and their families. On top of explicitly teaching students to develop their personal and social capabilities according to the Victorian Curriculum, SMRSS engages with a range of programs and teaching practices to support the holistic development of our students in line with our vision to ‘empower students towards independence though a command of language, mobility and social competence’.
SMRSS has a dedicated wellbeing team that works across both campuses to deliver programs and initiatives focusing specifically on developing positive individual wellbeing, school and community engagement and strong family connections including:
– A full time social worker who facilitates family connections with external service providers such as NDIS, NDIA, out of home care and youth mental health services
– Wellbeing as a specialist class at the secondary campus
– A school based health and human relationships curriculum utilising resources from Family Planning Victoria and the Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships curriculum
– A multi- tiered system of support framework including programs such as eSmart, Anti-Bullying and Calmer Classrooms
– Trauma informed practices such as the Berry St Educational Model
– A school wide positive behaviour support system
– A wide range of targeted programs for positive student engagement and leadership opportunities including Drumbeat, Change Makers, Amplify and student elected school councillors