As we believe in nurturing the whole child, we invest in mindfulness programmes, resources and professionals. Each week, we kick things off with our Mindfulness Monday sessions which offer students and their families the choice between yoga classes, martial arts lessons, Art activities and whole-body awareness practices.
At Kerry Street Community School, we promote children’s agency and recognise that our students have a right to make choices and decisions. All students contribute to creating classroom and whole school agreements. Students are actively involved in making decisions, solving problems, working in teams and taking shared responsibility in a variety of settings:
- Classroom agreements
- Class meetings
- Kids’ Council Meetings
- Student RAP working Group
- Community Gatherings
Kerry Street’s resident Wellbeing Coordinator, Julie Telfer is onsite Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing students with additional social and emotional education.
Julie is an experienced school pastoral worker with a Diploma in Youth Work, and is working towards a Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. Julie’s work in pastoral care ranges from early childhood through to adulthood in both school and community based roles.
“Having worked in schools throughout my career, I have come to believe that a school forms a fundamental part of a child’s community giving them a solid foundation for a lifelong love of learning, high self-esteem, and a broad range of skills”Julie Telfer
Julie is a recent addition to Kerry Street having joined the school community in May 2021. She brings a range of skills and attributes that are a culmination of her early career as a pastoral worker, and her personal role as a mother, which complement her role as Wellbeing Coordinator.
Julie strives to support the whole school community in ensuring that we provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all – a school filled with warmth, adventure, growth, and the joy of learning.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, or speak with Julie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school phone number on 08 9335 1471 on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s.
The Kids’ Council is designed to give students a say in the operation of the school, a chance to discuss issues and organise events important to them and an opportunity to improve speaking, listening and negotiation skills. Our students hold regular class meetings which in turn provide feedback to the Kids’ Council.
Recommendations from Kids’ Council meetings are sometimes referred to Council or whole school meetings. The Kids’ Council does not make decisions that are the responsibility of other groups or individuals (for example whether lollies are allowed at school).
Safety and Wellbeing
Kerry Street Community School is committed to prioritising the safety and wellbeing of our students and ensures that all policies, procedures, practices, and strategies are underpinned by our nominated child-safe organisational framework, National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
Read more about how Kerry Street supports student wellbeing, including the implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, in our Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy on our policies page.
Kerry Street Community School explicitly forbids the use of any form of child abuse, corporal punishment, or other degrading punishment and provides clear guidance to all members of the school community about what forms of behaviour management are permitted through our Codes of Conduct.
The School will respond appropriately to complaints and allegations of grooming, child abuse, and breaches of the school’s Codes of Conduct in the best interests of the students and in line with the school’s policies and procedures. You can find out more about sharing feedback and raising concerns on our Feedback Page.
Our Child Friendly Complaints procedure supports students to voice their concerns and includes images and simple language, so it is accessible to all. It has been designed by students for students and is regularly reviewed by all students to ensure they understand how to report problems or concerns.
“Complaints systems are a fundamental part of ongoing organisational development to meet the needs of its intended consumers. They are also an important mechanism for correcting mistakes and for protecting people from abuse and mistreatment. Independent inquiries into child abuse, in Australia and internationally, consistently cite the same reasons children and young people give for not reporting abuse. These include not knowing how or who to complain to, and fear of not being believed or other repercussions if they do make a complaint.”Commissioner for Children and Young People WA 2013