Student Engagement Programs

At UPPS we offer the following student engagement programs
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The Zones of Regulation

Is a framework for teaching students to build an awareness of their emotional state of being. Students learn the emotional states associated with optimal learning, and how to move between different emotional states depending on need and context. Students identify triggers for certain emotions and behaviours, and develop a tool box of personal strategies for calming and regulating their emotions.

The Zones of Regulation is used as an overarching wellbeing tool throughout the school, providing a common language for teachers to use with all students, throughout the school day, to support and promote positive mental health.

Visual tools in the classroom and regular whole class or 1:1 teacher check-ins using the Zones of Regulation allow for regular monitoring of student wellbeing, ensuring wellbeing and mental health concerns are quickly identified, handled with compassion and understanding, and provided with the necessary supports.

Lunchtime Activities

Students requiring quiet spaces, reduced sensory input or support with building social skills, have access to the Lunchtime Actiivites program run in the library during lunchtimes. Students are referred by teachers according to need, and in consultation with parents and allied health professionals.

Students are supervised and supported by Education Support staff, who encourage and promote positive interactions and confidence building while the students engage in game play.

Social Skills Groups

Targetted social skills groups are established according to need for students requiring additional targetted intervention to support the development of skills such as turn taking, fair game play, understanding facial expressions and body language.

These groups may be established in response to student needs, through a referral from teachers, or in consultation with parents and allied health recommendations at SSG meetings. Groups may run as a Bluearth session focussed on physical challenges which develop positive peer interactions, resilience and mindfulness; cooking or gardening groups using the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden facilities; or games based groups to support an understanding of following rules, turn taking and being a good sport.

Student Support Services

The Brimbank-Melton area Student Support Services (SSS) provide University Park PS with access to a team of professionals, including speech pathologists, psychologists and social workers. Working through a weekly consultation and referral service with the Assistant Principal – Student Engagment and Wellbeing, the SSS team provide support for students with additional needs or mental health concerns, undertake formal assessments where required and eligible, and work with Education Support staff to implement targetted intervention programs.

Breakfast Club

All students have the right to access healthy and nourishing food, to support their ability to concentrate in class, self regulate and participate in learning. UPPS Breakfast Club provides free and healthy breakfast foods to students from eligible families, minimising the impact of disadvantage on learning outcomes.

Breakfast Club currently operates as a ‘Grab and Go’ program, daily from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Dining Room between 8:30am and 8:40am. Children of families who hold a Pension or Health Care Card are eligible to attend Breakfast Club, and can register by contacting the office on 9366 1356.

Kitchen Garden Program

The UPPS Kitchen Garden Program engages our Grade 3/4 students in fun, hands-on learning experiences designed to develop positive and healthy food habits. Students are

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Buddy Program

The UPPS Buddy Program has evolved from a partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, to foster positive peer connections across different age groups, building

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Helpful Resources

Kids Helpline Kids helpline is a free private helpline aimed at assisting Australians from 5 to 25 years old with their mental health and wellbeing.

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