No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no no, no, YES!
THEY might be pre- pubescent students but the kids at St Mary’s Primary School already know enough to know there are better ways to go about November.
The best start – they all know – is to get the NO out of the 30 days of the eleventh month. And turn it into Yesvember. This remarkable whole- of- school campaign is focused on improving the school through social and emotional learning.
Students have identified personal areas of improvement and devised a plan to better themselves.
Popular choices were reducing stress, increasing positive self- talk and stamping out bullying
Wellbeing teacher Judy Stewart said social and emotional intelligence was the biggest area of growth she had seen in her time at the school.
“The students are very excited about the concept and have really embraced it,” she said.
“It’s preparing them for life. Proper social and emotional awareness are vital skills they need as they get older.
“Everyone wants a happy, respectful and safe school and this is a step in that direction.
“Term four is typically when student behaviour can slip, so doing this helps to keep them on the right track.”
THE NAYSAYERS: St Mary's Primary School students Lily Marsh, Abbey Beer, Jed Dargan and Oliver Bray are more than ready to play their part of YES- vember.