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
Our Child Friendly Complaints procedure supports students to voice their concerns. It has been designed by students for students. Images have been included to ensure it is accessible by all students:
“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
Kerry Street’s resident Well-being Coordinator, Stewart Pryor is onsite Thursday’s and Friday’s, providing students with additional social and emotional education.
Stewart holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Newcastle University and a Bachelor of Social Work (with Distinction) from Curtin University. Having graduated as a social worker in 2009, Stewart has worked for over a decade in mental health and family services and comes to us following a five-year tenure with the national youth mental health service Headspace.
“I get such a strong sense of community when I arrive at Kerry Street in the mornings. Community, equality and unconditional positive regard are at the core of my personal and professional values and I whole-heartedly enjoy being part of this community of staff and parents who are committed to a holistic educational experience.“Stewart Pryor
Stewart is a recent addition to Kerry Street having joined the school community in July 2020. He brings with him a broad range of skills and attributes that are a culmination of his early career as a school music educator, his ongoing commitment to social work values and practices, extensive counselling experience in mental health settings, and a fortunate upbringing in a nurturing family and community.
Stewart believes wellbeing is multi-faceted and community driven. He focuses on strengths, and not just challenges, to aid resilience building and uses an empathic and educative approach as the foundation for supporting children’s social and emotional wellbeing.