Student support plan wins school accolades

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The St Mary's College Broome mascot Kriss Cross the Croc has been introduced as part of the award-winning Positive Behaviour Through an Trauma Informed Lens program.
Camera IconThe St Mary's College Broome mascot Kriss Cross the Croc has been introduced as part of the award-winning Positive Behaviour Through an Trauma Informed Lens program. Credit: St Mary's College Broome/St Mary's College Broome

A specialised program at a Broome primary school that uses fun and relaxing methods to increase wellbeing has been recognised as one of the best in the State.

St Mary’s College took out the engagement prize at Catholic Education WA’s annual Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship Awards last month after implementing an initiative that targets mental health and improves behaviour to better prepare students for learning.

Known as Positive Behaviour Support Through a Trauma Informed Lens, the project aims to increase the inclusion of primary aged students with mental health and other support needs, and the confidence and skill of staff to support these children.

It also increases the engagement in learning for the entire cohort. The school elected a leadership team to implement the initiative this year, who introduced the Kris Cross the Croc mascot to motivate students, a wellbeing room and calming kits in each classroom for staff and children.

St Mary’s assistant head of primary Keryn Moase said the leaders had introduced the best approaches to achieve results for staff and students.

“This project has enabled us to support and include children from diverse backgrounds and improve behaviour and wellbeing across our school, engaging all our students to ensure they are ready for learning,” she said.

“The school has committed staff that were willing to celebrate the uniqueness of every student that comes into our care.

“We believe that every student has the potential and right to a learning environment that is safe, engaging and provides quality Catholic education.” Ms Moase said the team took on world-class training to properly implement the project.

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