Cowan Public School

A Vibrant and Caring Learning Community

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Student health and safety

We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

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.

Student wellbeing

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:

  • respect
  • responsibility
  • aspire.

Student Parliament

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.