“Building resilience in families and schools, and cultivating the whole child”

This is the motto for Macquarie College’s approach to social emotional wellbeing in Junior School.  The development of social and emotional competence is essential to success later in life, as children who are socially and emotionally well adjusted perform better at school, have increased confidence, cultivate positive relationships, take on and persist at challenging tasks and communicate well.

At Macquarie College, we take a holistic approach to learning and believe in cultivating the whole child. As such, we view social emotional development as an integral aspect of both our curriculum and philosophy of teaching and endeavour to foster this learning in all of our students.

There are 5 key skills which constitute good effective social emotional learning:

  1. Self Awareness
  2. Self Management
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationships
  5. Decision Making

One way we approach the teaching of these skills is through explicitly presented  Social and Emotional Educational programs.  See below for the list of programs run at specific stages of the Junior School journey.  We also deliver the Seasons for Growth program, supporting young people to manage change and loss situations.

  • Kindergarten Buddy Up
  • Year 1 Fun Friends
  • Year 2 Standing Together
  • Year 4 Friends for Life
  • Year 5 Thinking, Feeling, Behaving