Health and Wellbeing 2021
The Health and Wellbeing Committee have been committed to developing a safe, inclusive and caring learning environment for the Rivergums whole school Community through a broad range programs.
School Breakfast Club/Program (supported by Foodbank Australia)
A nutritious breakfast is provided to students and families every morning before school by a rotating roster of dedicated education assistants.
School Chaplaincy (National School Chaplaincy Program)
The chaplain at Rivergums supports the wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school program. The Chaplain delivers individual and group programs which are based on building friendships, resilience, growth mindset and grief support.
Rivergums educators are committed to supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of their students through the facilitation of lunch time clubs. Each club focuses on a specific learning area that encourages social/ emotional development, creative and therapeutic outcomes. The clubs include Music (Rivergums Rock), Photography, Garden Gang and Art Therapy.
The Fathering Project
In term 2, the Fathering Project was successfully launched within the school community. This project aims to promote positive fathering behaviours and fathers’ engagement with their infants and school aged children. Together the school Principal and school Chaplain facilitate its development and it is currently in the early stages of forming a core group of committed fathers.
Act, Belong, Commit
Rivergums Primary School is in the initial stage of implementing the program within the school community and are working towards providing a simple approach towards enhancing mental health within the school.
Crunch and Sip
Rivergums promotes a set time during the school day for students to eat vegetables and fruit and to drink water in the classroom. The purpose is to give students the opportunity to re-fuel to improve physical and mental performance as well as promoting healthy eating. Foodbank provides surplus fruit and vegetables, together with the help of parents to deliver to the school for students who do not bring crunch and sip to school.
The Great Vegie Crunch (supported by the Cancer Council WA)
the end of Term 3, students from Kindy to year 6 gathered together to take part in The Great Vegie Crunch to promote healthy eating and more specifically measure how loudly they can crunch on vegetables simultaneously! The school received a grant from the Cancer Council WA, where up to $75 worth of fresh vegetables was purchased and a dedicated team of staff prepared the vegetables for consumption for the next day. Rivergums was lucky this year to even receive a visit from The Vegie Man while they enjoyed the event.
“The Dot” Whole School Mural Project
During the year both staff and students have created a small circle shaped clay tile to contribute towards a whole school art mural, based on the importance of developing a growth mindset. Staff and students focused on the story ‘The Dot, written by Peter H Reynolds to guide their ideas.