We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.
Following the incident on 17 September at Southern Cross University – Lismore Campus, we would like to share Headspace’s mental health support resource (PDF 100.52KB) for students, teachers and school staff.
We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:
- the behaviour code for students, which outlines the standards of behaviour expected in all NSW public schools
- anti-racism education
- anti-bullying programs
- conflict resolution and mediation training
- peer support
- road safety education
- the Healthy School Canteen Strategy.
For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.
Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:
- school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
- supporting individual students who need help with health issues
- providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.
Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.
The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.
The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.
Positive Behaviour for Learning
At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.
Our school's three positive behavior areas are:
The Cowan Student Parliament is run based on the Westminster model. An election is held at the end of each year where candidates (Year 5 students) campaign to win votes. Students and staff vote to elect a male and female captain and vice-captain. These become prime minister, secretary and treasurer. Other Stage 3 students take on the roles of ministers and shadow ministers.
Every 3 weeks, student parliament is held. Each class and staff bring forward motions to be voted upon. Motions which are passed go to the relevant minister, who presents suggestions to the principal for approval. Any approved motions are funded from the student parliament budget which comprises of money raised from cake days and other fundraising ventures.
All students love having a say in how they can improve the school. Some student parliament initiatives have been soap dispensers in the toilets, sandpit toys, a mini-golf course and improved remembrance garden.
The school has also designed a bushfire evacuation plan (PDF 587KB), in case of emergency.