Wellbeing Programs

At Southern Cross Primary School we strongly believe that all students have the right to feel safe and happy in their school environment. As a result we have implemented many programs to support our students wellbeing.  




School Wide Positive Behaviour

SWPBS assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people. When SWPBS is implemented well, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships and classroom instruction.  Click here for full details regarding the SWPBS program at Southern Cross Primary School.




Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice approach to school wide incidents allows all parties involved to voice their point of views and share their concerns. Students are assisted in talking through the incident and deciding upon a solution, in order to strengthen friendships and alleviate tension.







Southern Cross PS is committed to a whole school approach to the ‘Circles’ program. It has proven to be a valuable program for student wellbeing and belonging. During Circles, students are given the opportunity to have a say and express their feelings. The process allows teachers and students to understand individual students, monitor their current attitudes/issues and act upon them accordingly.






The Tribes Program has proven to be successful in encouraging student leadership skills and developing a sense of team spirit. Each ‘Tribe’ is comprised of students from Foundation-Grade 6 and relies on the force of the student leadership team to direct activities. The students run each session (with teacher assistance) and ensure all students are demonstrating the ‘Tribes Agreements’ – Attentive Listening, Mutual Respect, The Right to Pass/Participate and No Put Downs.






Better Buddies

Similarly to Tribes, the Better Buddies Program is promoted by the ‘Alannah and Madeline Foundation’ and has been proven to be a beneficial program in encouraging a sense of team amongst students. It operates in 2 groups (Foundation-Grade 2 and Grade 3-Grade 6) and is a teacher instructed session where students are given opportunities to complete various teambuilding activities. These could include, but are not limited to art sessions, cooking, outdoor activities, gardening and team games.








Respectful Relationships


The Respectful Relationships program supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. At SCPS we combine Respectful Relationships, School Wide Positive Behaviour, Childsafety and Zones of regulation to teach our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence and empower them to act.



Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is a change, loss and grief education program that draws on the metaphor of the seasons to understand the experience of grief. It builds the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing following significant loss by exploring the impact of change and loss as well as learning about effective ways to respond and adapt. This is a small support group run by our trained Mental Health Leader within the context of a safe and supportive multiage learning environment.


Students can be referred to this program through the Wellbeing Leader, please contact the Assistant Principal directly or talk to the classroom teacher if your child has recently experienced loss, significant change (such as the separation of family) or events that have resulted in trauma or grief.