In an effort to make St. Paul's Episcopal School the premiere independent school, we have implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in grades 3rd -8th. The program is based on 35 years of research and is the best known prevention program in the world.
The program is a universal, school wide effort that involves all students, faculty, staff and greater school community. Based on survey data, the implementation and program are designed specifically for our school from information from our kids. Together, we will make a positive difference!
The goal of the program is to 1. Reduce any negative situations that currently exist 2. Prevent the development of new situations 3. Achieve better peer relations
Students will have weekly class meetings every Monday, led by faculty and staff members that will teach skills such as: improving peer communication, working with others in a positive way, identifying feelings, how to be confident in a negative situation, and many more. The class meeting agendas are already prepared for the year and all teachers will present the same information to the kids so we are all sharing the same positive message.
Check back as I will let you know what our class meetings will be about. I encourage you to spread the word about our positive program to other parents, our school community, and the greater community. Also, please talk to your student about what they are learning.
Upcoming class meeting topics:
9/24-Lending a hand/empathy for strangers and friends
10/1-Keeping our cool/handling anger in healthy ways
10/8-Standing tall and speaking up/difference in assertive v aggressive
10/29-Visual cues in communication
11/5-Paying attention to communication clues/are you listening?
12/3-to report or not to report/do something positive!
12/10-Be a part of the solution/ disagree but don't be disagreeable
TOGETHER, WE WILL MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE!!!