Teaching kids to care for each other
LEARNING how to work and play with others is an essential part of growing up.
St Catherine’s Catholic College Mercy Campus kids have been getting a head start on this, learning when a joke can cross the line with their integrated care groups.
The groups, run by the Year 6 students, teach kids from Prep to Year 3 to recognise how others are feeling.
“That’s a very important part of social skilling because if you don’t have a look at the signs...then you might be out there playing and you think it’s fun to poke somebody, but how do you know when they’ve had enough?” said Di Stevens, assistant principal at St Catherine’s Catholic College Mercy Campus.
During the program, the children watch short clips about an alien with poor social skills and talk about ways he could better treat others.
So far the program has been a hit with both teachers and students.
“The teachers have said it’s been great,” Ms Stevens said.
“They feel that it’s good for the kids.”
Ms Stevens also said having the program run by the older students was a way to have the juniors take the lessons more seriously.
“Teachers and parents, as you know, can talk and talk and talk, but if it comes from somebody else, a role model here at school, it might have a more solid impact,” Ms Stevens said.
“And it’s great for them too to be exposed to other kids in the school in a working situation.”
CARING KIDS: Year 6 students Ellie Conway and Ariel Bandow teach their group.