Student Wellbeing
At Trentham District Primary School, we believe in a whole-school approach to students' wellbeing. Our teachers explicitly teach the knowledge and skills to build students' capacities in empathy, resilience, confidence and communication, and to problem solve.

The following websites provide more information and tools to support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and to assist parents and carers to recognise if and when professional help is needed. They contain practical information, tips, and strategies across a range of common childhood issues.

Respectful Realtionships

Our approach to Respectful Relationships is a whole-school model for those who work, visit and learn here. Everyone at Trentham is respected, valued and treated equally. A culture of respect is found across our school in:

  • Classrooms
  • Staffrooms
  • Sporting events
  • Social situations

This approach leads to positive impacts on students’ academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour and relationships with others.

A range of resources have been provided for classroom tuition and support. The 8 topics in the RR curriculum include:

  1. Emotional Literacy- the ability to understand ourselves and other people.
  2. Personal strengths- recognising and understanding strength and positive qualities in themselves and others.
  3. Positive coping- identifying and discussing different types of coping strategies.
  4. Problem solving- assisting students to develop the skills needed for problem solving.
  5. Stress management- teaching positive approaches to stress management and assisting young people to recognise personal signs of stress.
  6. Help-seeking- find support when problems are too big to solve on your own.
  7. Gender and Identity- challenging stereotypes and understanding human rights
  8. Positive gender relationships- ensuring that students can solve problems without the use of gender-based violence.

All topics are covered at a level suitable for the age of the students involved, taught by their classroom teacher in conjunction with peers. Ths implementaion of this program is supported by the Hepburn Health Service.

Resilience Project

In 2018 our school participated in The Resilience Project, a program designed to inspire school communities to practise evidence based strategies that build resilience and improve mental health. The entire student body and teaching staff attended workshops to learn strategies designed to:

  • Inspire students
  • Empower teachers
  • Engage parents

The outcomes of these workshops have allowed us to implement practices within our school to foster and grow resilience in our student group.