Hi, my name is Stephen Bevan and I am Principal at Madeley Primary School in Perth, Western Australia. Research shows that open and clear communication between home and school is important which is why I have created this blog. As Principal of Madeley Primary School I value your opinions and encourage your comments. Feel free to comment on any of the posts. Comments are moderated prior to going live on the blog.

I will endeavour to provide you with regular and informative posts about our school and its activities. I ask that your comments be constructive and positive with any concerns or complaints directed to me personally at school.

Madeley Primary School prides itself on the positive, open and friendly culture that has been established. Our core values of Curriculum, Community and Care are guiding principles that shape our school.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Social - Emotional Learning

At Madeley Primary School we place equal importance on the teaching of social-emotional skills and understanding as we do to traditional academic areas such as mathematics and reading. A child's capacity to manage their emotions and develop and then maintain positive relationships is essential if they are going to be a successful member of society. Their academic achievement will mean little if they do not have the social-emotional capacity to get along with others and contribute positively to society. The school has adopted the philosophy of the Play Is The Way program.
"PLAY IS THE WAY® is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional learning using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language.
It is a process that gives primary schools a way to develop, improve and entrench the personal and social capabilities of students."
The school promotes and teaches the '5 Concepts to live your life by' which are outlined in the Play Is The Way program. The overarching Golden Rule we promote is 'Treat Others the Way You Would Like To Be Treated'. The school also promotes 8 values/virtues. We assist students to learn and adopt the values. When the values begin being enacted regularly in a persons' life they become virtues. They include:
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Persistence
  • Tolerance
  • Friendliness
  • Resilience
  • Manners
  • Self-Motivation

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