Mindfulness is a state of calm reached by learning how to manage your awareness of the present moment while accepting your current state of emotions and bodily sensations. Stress management, clarity of thought, and better health are some of the benefits research has found in the practice of mindfulness. At Katandra we introduce all students to the fundamentals of mindfulness and how it can be used to help them regulate their emotions, centre their learning, and bring better attention focus to various activities.
Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. At Katandra we have on ongoing commitment to ensure our students and school community are taught all components of the Respectful Relationships program. We have found it teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
At Kandra School we create opportunities for all our students to have input in their learning and the broader school environment. Central to our approach is a focus on the Department of Education and Training’s AMPLIFY document. AMPLIFY guides our staff in creating the conditions to assist our students in developing the behaviors, attitudes and learning environments that facilitate student voice, agency and leadership.
As part of the Katandra School’s Behaviour Support Policy, we have adopted the Victorian Department of Education and Training endorsed School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework, to help build a positive learning environment and positive school culture for our students. As an internationally recognised framework the DET (2013) endorses the “School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support [as] an evidence-based framework for preventing and responding to student behaviour”.
Zones of Regulation
At Katandra School we use Zones of Regulation as a cognitive behavior approach across our school. Zones of Regulation is designed to help students recognize when they are in different emotional states called “zones”. The Zones are used to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in a given moment.