Foundation students are given a Yr 5 ‘buddy’ (numbers permitting) to assist in their transition to school. In Term 1, several sessions are conducted with buddies to familiarise our Foundation students with our older students, however, the benefit of a small school is that everyone plays with everyone. It is delightful to watch!
Each year, School Captains and Vice Captains are selected by a student and teacher vote. Prospective Captains write a speech about what they can bring to the school and their leadership qualities; then a vote entails. This is generally announced at our End of Year Concert and Yr 6 Graduation ceremony.
Student leaders have opportunities throughout the year to extend their leadership capabilities through workshops and events. We attend an annual GRIP Leadership conference and hold regular meetings to work together to improve our school environment and the wellbeing of our students.
2022 School Captains, Amelia and Felix working hard at the VicSRC workshop in Heywood. Term 2, 2022.
Student Wellbeing and Engagement
Student wellbeing, engagement and connection to school is vital to their successful education. We utelise a range of strategies to develop and enhance wellbeing within NDPS.
We teach the Victorian Education Department’s Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program form Foundation- Grade 6. This is supplemented with commercial programs, including The Resilience Project. The link below takes you to our Policy regarding how we approach wellbeing within NDPS.