Respectful Relationships at Silverton Primary School
What is Respectful Relationships?
Respectful Relationships is a wide-ranging initiative to help young Victorians deal with various challenges they may face and covers topics including being respectful, resilient and engaged at school and confident in themselves.
Respectful Relationships promotes equality and helps all students learn how to build healthy relationships. The initiative prepares them to face challenges by developing problem-solving skills and building empathy, resilience and confidence.
Why introduce Respectful Relationships?
Family violence has a devastating impact on our community and affects people from all walks of life. The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended Respectful Relationships be introduced to all schools to change attitudes and prevent the prevalence of family violence in future generations.
In 2016 Respectful Relationships became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum and is being taught in all government and Catholic schools and many independent schools.
Respectful Relationships is underpinned by evidence that shows schools can play a key role in preventing family violence by helping students develop an understanding of healthy relationships and respect.
What will the students be taught during Respectful Relationships?
In the primary years, the focus of Respectful Relationships is on treating everyone with respect and dignity. The teaching resources provide tailored learning materials for Foundation to Year 6 through means of the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships whole school wellbeing curriculum. These classroom sessions include age appropriate lesson plans and activities that help students learn new skills and build confidence and resilience. At Silverton, the Respectful Relationships program is also included throughout our Valuable Learners Program, #SSS program and StartUp program.
What are the benefits of Respectful Relationships for students?
We know that a good education is about more than simply getting good marks, it is about supporting children to become contributing members of our communities, with productive and healthy adult lives. Evidence ((Our Watch, 2016) shows that respectful relationships education:
- helps equip children with the skills to communicate positively and respectfully, build positive relationships and challenge stereotypes that don’t support equality
- positively impacts overall academic outcomes, mental health, classroom behaviour and student-teacher relationships