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Student Engagement and Wellbeing is a key priority in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. It is understood that a student’s level of wellbeing and engagement has a profound impact on achievement and learning outcomes. The Department of Education and Training is committed to providing safe, secure and high quality learning and development opportunities for every student in all Victorian schools. These students can only reach their full educational potential when they are happy, healthy and safe, and when there is a positive school culture that is fair and respectful to engage and support their learning.

At Fairfield Primary School wellbeing and engagement is inclusive of all aspects of school community life. It encompasses students’ physical, intellectual, moral, social and emotional wellbeing and development, and to the provision of a safe and supportive learning environment. It is supported by our school values of Respect, Community, Excellence and Creativity. These values are widely accepted and practised by our community.
Student engagement can be defined within three interrelated components: behavioural, emotional and cognitive.


·      Behavioural engagement refers to students’ participation in education, including the academic, social and extra-curricular activities of the school.

·      Emotional engagement encompasses students’ emotional reactions in the classroom and in the school and measures a Student’s sense of belonging or connectedness to the school.

·      Cognitive engagement relates to a student’s investment in learning and their intrinsic motivation and self-regulation.


We emphasise the significance of positive, quality relationships and recognise that the physical, social and emotional health As part of our Wellbeing approach, we aim to foster social and emotional health and positive quality relationships throughout our school community by teaching and modelling a range of social competencies.


Personal and social skills are developed, as students gain greater insight into themselves and others, and learn to successfully navigate their relationships, lives and learning more effectively. Students are involved in a variety of practices including identifying and regulating emotions, establishing and building positive relationships, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, responsible decision making, effective teamwork, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills.

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Students entering Foundation are be assigned a buddy from a senior class. The Buddies program is designed to help reduce bullying and create a friendly and caring school environment. The interaction and activities help to build strong relationships and research shows children benefit immensely – with younger students feeling safe and cared for, and older students feeling valued and respected. Students participate in organised activities and spend time with their buddy on a regular basis to strengthen and support this relationship.


Bounce Back

At Fairfield Primary School we implement the BounceBack program throughout our school which is based upon building wellbeing and resilience. BounceBack promotes positive and practical strategies to assist students to develop interpersonal skills, confidence and resilience.


Bounce Back Acronym

Bad times don’t last.  Things always get better.  Stay optimistic.

Other people can help if you talk to them.  Get a reality check.

Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset.

Nobody is perfect – not you and not others.

Concentrate on the positives (no matter how small) and use laughter.

Everybody experiences sadness, hurt, failure, rejection and setbacks sometimes.  They are a normal part of life.  Try not to personalize them.

Blame fairly – how much of what happened was because of you, how much was because of others and how much was because of bad luck or circumstances?

Accept the things you can’t change, but try to change what you can.

Catastrophizing exaggerates your worries.  Don’t believe the worst possible picture.

Keep things in perspective.  It’s only one part of your life.


Building Resilience

Throughout life children will need skills and attitudes to help them to bounce back from difficult situations such as making mistakes, falling out with a friend, moving house of school or losing in a sports competition. Many also will face challenges such as adapting to a split or step family, the illness or death of a family member or being bullied.



In many aspects of the school we have opportunities for leadership experiences and development for our students. Our Junior School council, Buddies program, House system, Grade 6 Leadership program are some of these formal opportunities. Every day, we treat our students as leaders and ambassadors of the school.


Our Student Engagement and Wellbeing approach is referenced through our Student Engagement Policy and Student Wellbeing Policy.