Black Rock Primary has begun implementing the Respectful Relationships program. This is a core component of the Victorian Curriculum which promotes and models positive behaviours, values and inclusivity to embed a culture of respect and gender equality across entire school communities.
This whole-school approach recognises that schools are a place of learning, a workplace, and a community hub. In the classroom, children will learn problem-solving skills, to develop empathy, support their own well-being and build healthy relationships with others. Our teachers use the Department of Education's Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning resource to teach age-appropriate and evidence-based lessons. These aim to develop student's social and emotional capabilities to promote positive, healthy and respectful relationships.
When children build positive relationships with their teachers and peers they feel safer and happier at school, are more resilient and have positive social attitudes. Positive relationships also increase a child’s sense of social connectedness and belonging which can result in better health and academic outcomes.
Further information about Respectful Relationships is available on the Department of Education and Training website: www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships