Programs and support services are provided to enhance your child’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
Primary Pastoral Care Programs
Merredin College is a KidsMatter school and runs a number of programs to develop social and emotional skills.
In Kindergarten to Year 3 we run PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Skills) and from Year 4 – 6 we run BUZ (Build up Zone).
These programs are supported by our Chaplaincy Program and Amity Health.
Through our BUZ (Build Up Zone) initiatives we enable children to develop important life skills such as emotional competence, relationship skills, empathy and respect, conflict resolution, protective behaviours, grief management and bully-proofing.
Children work through a series of workshops over a term and then the key messages are reinforced through daily activities in the classrooms.
Our Smiling Mind program runs from Year 3-6 and students take part in daily mindfulness sessions.
The Smiling Mind Education Program offers mental health and wellbeing tools designed for K-6 children.
The Smiling Mind Education Program has been proven to help students with sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and school behaviour including reductions in bullying.
The Program also assists with:
- stress management,
- increased resilience,
- increased creativity,
- better decision making, and
- a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.
All K-6 classes at Merredin College actively teach values. The school has a structured values program that focuses on the values of:
- Self Discipline
- Self Reliance
- Work Ethic
These values are taught explicitly and recognised at K-6 assemblies.
Secondary Pastoral Care Programs
Each year some Year 9 students are selected to attend the Bibbulmun Trek excursion. In the past this has been organised by the College Chaplain who determines the students who he/she believes will benefit most from the challenge. The students are accompanied by some Year 10 mentors as well as several staff. The group of staff and students spend several days trekking the Bibbulmun track and carry all of their belongings including food, tents and sleeping bags in rucksacks on their back. They experience the most amazing scenery along the way including Mount Dale. Whilst the experience is quite challenging, all return glad that they have taken up the opportunity. Generally the Boys’ and Girls’ Trek are run on alternate years.
At Merredin College a Breakfast Club operates every morning before school in the secondary undercover area. This provides a nutritious breakfast for both primary and secondary students. Secondary Student Services oversees the operation of the Breakfast Club. Merredin College is grateful to FoodBank WA which provides most of the food. We also acknowledge Merredin IGA which supports the initiative through the donation of certain food items. Without the caring commitment of our staff, Breakfast Club would not exist as it is manned in a voluntary capacity by them.
Merredin College currently has in place an Aboriginal Girls’ Engagement Program (AGEP) which is designed to improve student self-esteem and feelings of inclusion both of which impact on attendance and engagement. The program is run by the College Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO) and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs).
Students work on various projects throughout the year with NAIDOC being one of the most important. Students who are part of the AGEP assist in the planning and running of NAIDOC activities. They run the NAIDOC assembly which involves a significant amount of public speaking in front of the whole student body (P-12). In the past, AGEP students have also invited inspirational Aboriginal guest speakers to Merredin College and have planned and undertaken excursions to Perth to extend their understanding of Noongar culture beyond Merredin.