Southern Cross Early Childhood School has successfully received recognition as a KidsMatter School in 2018. KidsMatter was a framework designed for schools to help support the mental health needs of their community. KidsMatter was replaced by the
Be You framework in 2019 which is now used across our school to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our children, staff and families.
Be You provides a structure for educators to learn how best to support children and families with their mental health and wellbeing. The professional learning consists of 13 content modules grouped under the following domains:
Mentally Healthy Communities: Outlines the key concepts related to mental health, wellbeing, connectedness, relationships and diversity.
Family Partnerships: Reviews strategies to improve strategies when working with families to foster the mental health of children and young people.
Learning Resilience: Provides an understanding of how to intentionally teach social and emotional learning skills, and foster resilience in education settings.
Early Support: Provides information and guidance on recognising behaviours which might indicate early signs of mental illness. Educators develop an understanding on how to talk to children about mental health issues and how to provide support.
Responding Together: Investigates the role of the school in promoting a mentally healthy community to be prepared for critical incidents and be responsive in times of crisis.
The school has formed a Be You Action Team that consists of school staff, parents, carers and other community members. The Be You Action Team meets once a term to discuss the mental health learning initiatives taking place across the school. Please contact the school if you are interested in finding out more about Be You and/or would like to join the Be You Action Team.
Family Engagement Coordinators for 2019
- Guginya - Tina Connor
- Wamburrang- Birgit Lonergan
- Bunduluk - Martina Fleeton
- Dnnawan -
- Dyurra - Tamira Ford
- Winyu - Craig Methorst
- Kabbadang - Frances Stewart
- Gudamang - Alison Oakleigh
- Ghaddi -
- Dyirrigurat - Nicole Haughan
- Wirria - Rachel Smeal