No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no no, no, YES!

The Riverine Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

Photo: LUKE HE­MER

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.

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