Cowra Public School

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Student health and safety

We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

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.

Student wellbeing

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 (PBL) – 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.

Student welfare encompasses everything that the school community does to meet the personal and social needs of students and enhance their well-being. It involves holding high expectations of student behaviour and recognising, valuing and developing each student as a total and unique person in the context of society.

An important part of this process is that students learn to become responsible for their own behaviour and that the school actively promotes positive behaviour.

In 2008 our school embarked on a new program called (PBL)  PBL Guide (PDF 729KB). This program focuses on teaching and supporting positive behaviour for all students. It is a program which supports students' own personal development as well as helping them to understand what is required of them in order to create together a peaceful, productive and harmonious learning community.

Our PBL program is based on a school-wide set of expectations which apply across the school in every circumstance and setting in which students are engaging.

We are respectful. We are on task. We are safe.

From these expectations, a set of rules has been developed for each year. Cowra Public school continues to lead in the development and implementation of the PBL program.

Cowra Public School Anti-Bullying Plan

As a component of a safe and respectful school community, Cowra Public School has developed an Anti-bullying Plan in consultation with the staff, students and the Cowra Public School P&C Association.

More help is also available from the Australian Federal Government publication "Bullying Among Young Children" - a guide for parents (PDF 323KB)

Student leadership

Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.

Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.

For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools, visit Student voice and leadership.