We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.
Following the incident on 17 September at Southern Cross University – Lismore Campus, we would like to share Headspace’s mental health support resource (PDF 100.52KB) for students, teachers and school staff.
We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:
- the behaviour code for students, which outlines the standards of behaviour expected in all NSW public schools
- anti-racism education
- anti-bullying programs
- conflict resolution and mediation training
- peer support
- road safety education
- the Healthy School Canteen Strategy.
For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.
Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:
- school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
- supporting individual students who need help with health issues
- providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.
Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.
The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.
The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.
Positive Behaviour for Learning
At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.
The introduction of a school wide PBL merit system was established and "Elvis the Emu" was named as the official MPS mascot and is used as the official logo for PBL across the school.
The school's three specific PBL rules are be safe, be responsible and be a learner.
A series of lesson plans demonstrating these rules are taught across P- 6. These lessons include specific expectations that accompany each rule and remain a fortnightly focus for students to develop their understanding of the rule and its expectations. Students receive merits for demonstrating their understanding both from within the classroom and on the playground.
Marayong implements a system of rewards and consequences P-6 following the Positive Behaviour Learning (PBL) framework.
Small green certificates. Can be given to a student by any teacher to reinforce positive behaviour (Be safe, be responsible, be a learner). Students collect 10 Emu Awards, bring them to their classroom teacher to earn a…
Bronze Emu award
Bronze certificates. Awarded after the student has received 10 Emus. These awards are presented at grade/stage meetings, by class teachers. Students collect 4 Bronze Emu awards, bring them to their classroom teacher to earn a…
Silver Emu award
Silver certificates. Awarded after the student has received 4 Bronze Emus. These awards are presented at Primary or K-2 assemblies, by a member of the executive team. Students collect 4 Silver Emu Awards, bring them to their classroom teacher and earn a…
Gold Emu award/ Principal's badge
A4 certificates printed on gold paper and a Principal's badge. Awarded after the student has received 4 Silver Emus. These awards are presented at 3-6 or K-2 assemblies, by a member of the executive team. On receiving a Gold Emu award and Principal's badge students are invited to morning tea with the Principal.
At Marayong Public School captains and prefects are elected annually by the students and staff. Speeches, welcoming official guests and participating in formal assemblies are some of the roles of the captains and prefects. Two Student Representative Council (SRC) representatives are selected from within the year 2-6 classes and from primary support. These students meet to discuss issues and perform responsible tasks within each class. Sports captains and vice-captains are elected during sport house meetings. It is the role of the sports captains and vice-captains to inspire their teams to participate in sports carnivals and lead the teams in their chanting.
There are many opportunities for students to lead at Marayong including participating in the debating team, dance groups, recorder groups, drumming groups, choirs and Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) teams just to name a few.