Student Wellbeing

Pakenham Consolidated School provides an educational environment which recognises, values and builds student wellbeing and develops students who are physically and emotionally healthy. The emotional and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to their success at school, as adolescents, and in their future lives.  Physically and emotionally healthy students are happy, able to deal positively with life’s challenges, experience a sense of connectedness with the school and others, and are well placed to develop into well-balanced and successful young adults.



Whole school approach

The foundation of our positive school is the active participation of all members of the school community so they feel valued, safe and secure; are provided with meaningful opportunities to contribute to the school; and have every opportunity to meet their personal and educational potential. A key component of the school’s approach to prevention is teaching positive behaviours. This is achieved through the use of role modelling, having clear expectations of appropriate behaviour, relationship restoration through Restorative Practices, and logical consequences to address inappropriate behaviour.



The school community is supported by programs that support a safe environment and encourage open discussion, such as ‘Bucket Fillers’, ‘Better Buddies’ and ‘Circle Time.’

  • Bucket Fillers

Bucket Fillers is a whole school approach. The strategies aim to both develop resilience and promote kindness.  The students participate in weekly Bucket Filler sessions which aim to build a common language, understanding and approach to Bucket Filling practices across the school community. 


  • Better Buddies

We are a Better Buddies school, enabling our younger children to feel safe and cared for while our older children feel valued and respected. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Better Buddies Framework is an initiative designed to create friendly and caring primary school communities where bullying is reduced. Through Better Buddies, children in their first and last year of primary school buddy up and learn the values: caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. All children in the school learn these values through formal and informal activities, including their interactions with the mascot Buddy Bear, our giant, fun-loving and caring purple bear. 

As a result on our ongoing commitment to the Better Buddies Framework, our students were given the opportunity to participate in a guard of honour at the ‘Stand Up for our Kids’ football match at the MCG in 2014. 

  • Circle Time

Circle Time is one way that we promote the social and emotional learning that underpins healthy relationships and foster a sense of belonging and connectedness. It is particularly helpful in preventing bullying and developing a more supportive ethos. Circle Time is a democratic and creative approach used to consider a wide range of issues affecting the whole school community. The strength of circles is that they address values, attitudes and skills within a structured, safe and supportive framework.


  • Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth® is a small group loss and grief education program. The program aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who are dealing with significant loss or change including the death of a loved one, parental divorce or separation, the experience and aftermath of natural disaster and moving house or school as well as many other life changes and losses. The program is run by our Primary Welfare Officer (see more information in the community hub page).


  • Feeling is Thinking

Feeling is Thinking is a program for students who experience problems in expressing their strong feelings, and who have difficulties in their interpersonal relationships. These children may typically be very aggressive in their interactions, or conversely, very withdrawn (rather than being shy) and demonstrate a limited range of emotional expression and comprehension. The program is run by our Primary Welfare Officer(see more information in the community hub page).



At PCS our Wellbeing Team consists of a Primary Welfare Officer, a Critical Case Manager and a Social Worker. We also have access to psychologists and speech pathologists through the Education Department.


Every Day Counts

At Pakenham Consolidated School we understand that full attendance is the key to engagement and maximises every student’s ability to learn and our teachers’ ability to teach effectively. The school has actively embraced the ‘It’s not OK to be away’ and ‘It’s Cool to be at School’ approaches, and awards the grade with the least absences at assembly.  Individual students who demonstrate exemplary commitment to learning, through attending school every day, are also recognised and awarded at assembly.  The school has established an expectation that students attend school on a regular basis, by developing checks on attendance patterns and that teachers follow up all unexplained absences. The school community is reminded in the newsletter about the value of student attendance and processes employed at the school for monitoring attendance.


Positive reinforcement

A culture of positive reinforcement and encouragement will permeate all facets of our school. Student work and achievements will be regularly showcased and publicly recognised. Students who receive a ‘star of the week’ or 'Bucket Filler' award will be presented with their award at assembly. 


Useful websites:


Bully Stoppers


Better Buddies


Bullying No Way!



Better Buddies

We are a Better Buddies School