Student Welfare

On completion of their journey @ Apollo Parkways Primary School children should have a love of learning, social skills and competencies, skills in learning to learn and a global perspective.

Apollo Parkways Primary School operates under the influences of the following school values:

  • Caring
  • Consideration
  • Courtesy
  • Cooperation
  • Contribution

These values provide a framework and whole school language for the development of all relationships within the school - students, teachers, parents and the community.

Bullying

Bullying can be defined in the following ways:

1. A repetitive attack causing distress not only at the time of the attack, but also by the threat of future attacks.
2. Involving an imbalance of power.
3. Its nature may be:

  • Verbal – name-calling, put-downs, threatening
  • Physical – hitting, tripping, poking, punching, kicking, throwing objects, stealing, hiding and/or damaging possessions or any unwelcome physical contact;
  • Social – ignoring, hiding, ostracising, spreading rumours;
  • Exclusion – being left out of activities on purpose, being ‘frozen out’ where the victim is treated as if they don’t exist, running away, spreading rumours, hurtfully making social invitations in front of, but not to the bullied student;
  • Gesture – non-verbal signals can be used by bullies to silence and intimidate their victims, e.g. looking at the victim in an unpleasant or threatening way or using inappropriate hand gestures;
  • Extortion – physically stronger and more powerful students may bully other students into giving up possessions, buying food and drink, etc.

What Being Bullied Feels Like

Some ways people say they feel when they are bullied are:

  • Scared
  • Worried
  • Depressed
  • Embarrassed
  • Sad
  • Confused
  • Alone
  • Angry
  • Mad
  • Fed up
  • Sick
  • Lonely
  • Stupid
  • Stuck
  • School refusal
  • Tired / difficulty sleeping
  • Not safe
  • Low self-esteem

What to do if you are being bullied

  • It’s best to tell the person that their behaviour offends you – the person may not realise that their behaviour is causing distress.
  • You could say any of the following:

"Please stop"
"Stop saying (doing) that – I don’t like it."
"You are not impressing your friends by saying that to me."

Talk with someone about it or get some help to deal with the situation.  Apollo Parkways Primary School has a number of people who are able to help you.  They can listen and offer advice, and set in place processes to resolve the issue.

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. What are the main causes?

The most common allergens in school aged children are:

  • peanuts
  • tree nuts (eg. hazelnuts, cashews, almonds)
  • eggs
  • cow's milk
  • wheat
  • soy
  • fish and shellfish

These eight foods cause 90% of food allergic reactions in Australia. Other common allergens include some insect stings (particularly bee stings) some medications, latex and anaesthesia.

Signs and Symptoms

  • The symptoms of a mild to moderate allergic reaction can include:
  • swelling of the lips, face and eyes
  • hives or welts
  • abdominal pain and/or vomiting.
  • Symptoms of anaphylaxis - a severe allergic reaction - can include:
  • difficulty breathing or noisy breathing
  • swelling of the tongue
  • swelling/tightness in the throat
  • difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • wheezing or persistent coughing
  • loss of consciousness and/or collapse
  • young children may appear pale or floppy.

Symptoms usually develop within 10 minutes to one hour of exposure to an allergen but can appear within a few minutes.

How can anaphylaxis be treated

Adrenaline given as an injection into the muscle of the outer thigh is the most effective first aid treatment for anaphylaxis. Children diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis are prescribed an auto-injector commonly known as an Epipen, for administration in an emergency. Children under 20kgs are prescribed an Epipen Junior, which has a smaller dosage of adrenaline.

Prevention strategies

The school has implemented a ‘No food sharing policy' to eliminate children at risk of anaphylaxis having foods to which they may be allergic.

Use non-food treats where possible, but if food treats are used in class, it is recommended that parents/carers provide a treat box with alternative treats. Treat boxes should be clearly labelled and handled only by the student. Never give food from outside sources to a student who is at risk of anaphylaxis.

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Buddy Program

At Apollo Parkways, Primary School, we take great pride in the way that we build community. One of the structured activities in this is our Prep – Grade 6 Buddy program. Every Prep student is matched with a buddy in Grade 6. At the beginning of the year the Grade 6 students play a vital role in the induction of new Prep students by showing them around the school grounds to mentoring them in the playground.  A familiar face at the beginning of the year is so important for the Prep children and a much-loved activity for our Grade 6 children.

Throughout the year the buddy grades share a variety of learning experiences, for example: literacy, mathematics, technology and special events such as footy day.  Informal gatherings are also organised where buddy grades have lunch together or share their favourite book during silent reading. The bond that develops between the youngest and oldest students in the school has created a caring, nurturing school culture and memories that are never forgotten.

 

School Chaplain

Apollo Parkways Primary School is a voluntary participant in the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program and has a chaplain present within the school 2 days a week. 

Within the myriad of support services, chaplaincy is a position which exists to provide pastoral care and support for those in the school community in response to diverse concerns experienced by children, staff and families.  Generally these may relate to friendships, anxiety, bereavement, family breakdown or other crisis and loss situations.  Support is given in various ways through individual consultations, small group programs that promote social and emotional wellbeing, working in partnership with other student support services, classroom visits and involvement in school activities. 

The chaplain is respectful of the range of cultural and/or religious views, affiliations and traditions in the school and community.  It is not the purpose of chaplaincy services to bring about or encourage commitment to any set of beliefs and the chaplain cannot provide services for which they are not qualified, i.e. counselling services, psychological and/or medical assessments.  They can, however, aid in the referral process for such services where required.

Involvement with the school chaplain is voluntary and can be accessed by families through contacting the school.  Permission from a parent/guardian is sought where a student is referred from within the school or where a student directly makes contact with the chaplain regarding an ongoing concern. 

School council is involved in the evaluation of the chaplaincy role and reports annually on the ongoing support of the school community for the chaplaincy program.  Any further information regarding the chaplaincy program can be gained by contacting our school office.

Disclaimer

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Acknowledgement

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplaces Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.