Dear Parents / Carers,
At assembly last Friday, our 2019 student leaders received their badges in front of the entire school community. The badges were presented by the Hon Kim Wells MP. Kim has been presenting leadership badges at Rowville Primary School since 1991 and is a strong supporter of our school.
Student leadership at Rowville Primary School is all about emulating the leadership that occurs in the broader community. Students are developing the skills in working with diverse teams and gaining commitment from others around a range of issues. The tragic events that occurred in Christchurch highlight to us the importance of good leadership. The type that builds understanding between people and a celebration and not fear of diversity.
We congratulate our 2019 student leaders on their election to these positions of responsibility and look forward to hearing about the outcome of their projects.
Snapshot above: Kim Wells MP with our School Captains and Vice Captains
Snapshot below: Our STEM Leaders
If we ask a child, “How was school today’’, the likely response is “good” or ” bad”. This is often based on what happened during the recess and lunch breaks. These breaks are the emotional core of a child’s school day. Whether a child comes home light or heavy-hearted depends on what happened during play time. This is common. Researchers tell us that one of the best predictors of whether children feel happy in school is whether they feel comfortable and included during recess.
Philosophers and child development experts have been talking about the importance of play for centuries. Piaget said that children discover the world through play. Friedrich Froebel, who opened the first kindergarten in 1837, called play “deeply significant.” And Plato believed that children had to grow up in an atmosphere of play to become virtuous citizens.
Play requires the acquisition of a complex set of skills. It’s not just about exercising. It is about how to enter a game. It’s about making agreements with others as equals, stepping into an imagined structure, and accepting that structure even when things don’t go your way. This may be why Plato considered play the ideal preparation for citizenship.
The sense of belonging in a school is often determined by what happens during break times. When I was at school the recess breaks were not enjoyable for me. Girls were excluded from many playground games. Awkward and unpopular kids were chosen last. The structure of games like dodge ball was far from ideal. (Having a rubber ball fired into your face by a kid twice your size was not fun.) For physically awkward children, recess was pure torture. Girls were encouraged to stay away from the boys.
Given the importance of recess breaks we have a range of adults present in the playground during every break to support students to enter games or to remain in games. The garden club operates on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime and promotes friendship and environmental learning. We have teachers and learning mentors who operate as play leaders. We also have the peer support student parliamentary group whose role is to promote friendship in the playground.