Ruskin Park Primary works hard to ensure that the social and emotional wellbeing of our students is catered for as much as their academic outcomes. As a result, wellbeing is a major focus. Combined with regular access to our Department of Education appointed educational psychologist and speech pathologist, we have a psychologist who works within the school weekly to support the needs of our students.
We are also a member of the Maroondah Positive Education Network (MPEN) who are deeply involved in the Victorian government funded Positive Education initiative where staff have completed a range of professional development to more deeply implement positive psychology practices into our school. Two staff members have completed their Certificate in Education, Positive Education units through the University of Melbourne and staff members consistently attend the Maroondah Positive Education network meetings and professional development opportunities. Through our staff strengthening their understanding of positive education, we can better implement the practices into classrooms to even further enhance our students wellbeing.
In 2021 our school began the process of implementing Respectful Relationships which ties in well to Positive Education and the current practices we use within the school. In 2023 we look forward to strengthening our practices further.
Ruskin Park Primary uses Compass to update and track student absences. Should a student not be at school by 10am, a text will be sent to parents through the system. Previous, current and future absences can be explained through Compass also. Should a parent not have access to the internet or their account, a phone call or a written note to the classroom teacher is acceptable.
It’s Not Ok To Be Away
Parents should ensure their child:
- is a regular attendee at school
- is on time each day
- attends doctor and dentist appointments out of school hours (where possible)
- is not allowed to stay at home for minor reasons.
Regular attendance at school is important:
- from the first day, if your child misses the basic skills in primary school they can experience difficulties with their learning
- regular attendance is essential to make sure learning is not disrupted. Regular learning provides building blocks for the future
- schools help children to develop important social skills, such as friendship building, teamwork, communication skills and a healthy self-esteem