PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is a research based, developmental curriculum for use with primary school children. Three three main components of PATHS are:
Changing Health Acting Together is a Health Promoting Schools (HPS) initiative that enables schools to develop a whole-school approach to resilience, drug and road safety education. SDERA's specialist consultants work with schools to help embed a comprehensive approach and develop and implement longer-term health and wellbeing initiatives. Each level of CHAT: Bronze, Silver and Gold is supported by a CHAT consultant to ensure schools are identifying and addressing issues, specific to their individual context. GEOGRAPHE PRIMARY is currently at Silver and is progressing towards Gold.
Positive Behaviour Support
GEOGRAPHE PRIMARY is developing and implement Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support in order to improve behaviour, teach social skills and foster a positive attitude towards learning to achieve higher educational outcomes.
It is our intention that this will develop a school culture which is consistent and based on a common language which is used by all. The Expectations of BE A LEARNER, BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE and BE CARING underpin that common language and students are explicitly taught what this looks like in the school environment. Super Poss is the PBS mascot and children are acknowledged for positive behaviour through the use of possum tokens.
Philosophy in Schools
Philosophy in Schools, as outlined in the Australian Curriculum’s general capability of Critical and Creative Thinking, refers to two major elements; critical and creative thinking, and forming a classroom environment called a ‘community of inquiry’ to support the development of thinking and discussion skills. The model places emphasis on possibilities and meanings, wondering, reasoning, rigour, logic, and using criteria for measuring the quality of thinking.
After reading texts, students at Geographe Primary have posed questions such as “What is loneliness?”, “How do you know if someone is really a friend?”, “What is real?”, “What makes you, you?” and, “Can someone every change?”
Teachers at Geographe Primary have noted that when teaching Philosophy in Schools they are developing student’s ability to ask questions, give and request reasons, explore possibilities, see other’s viewpoints and uncover assumptions.
For more information about Philosophy in Schools you can visit fapsa.org