'MULTILIT' (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy) aims to address the needs of students with reading disabilities and similar problems from Year 2 to high school by providing an intensive, structured, systematic program of instruction in reading and related skills carried out within a Positive Teaching environment.
MULTILIT began in 1995 as the MULTILIT Research and Development Initiative at the Macquarie University Special Education Centre, led by Professor Kevin Wheldall, a research psychologist specialising in the area of learning and behaviour difficulties in children. In 1998, Professor Wheldall and his team of academic researchers and special educators developed and published the first edition of the MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program, based on the key components for effective tuition programs for low-progress readers, as identified by research.
Students are screened to identify who would benefit from the program. They undergo intensive one on one sessions several times per week. Their progress is constantly monitored to ensure that they are receiving the most from the program.
'Choose Respect' provides a fundamental shift from focusing on the negative behaviour of bullying to calling young people out to 'Choose Respect'. The whole aim of 'Choose Respect' is to encourage and motivate schools and the wider community to develop and then maintain a 'Culture of Respect'. In doing this, schools are actively working to provide a safe, supportive environment for members of their school community.
As a whole school, we have been working with the students to learn more about the Choose Respect program. To Choose Respect is to treat with care and consideration. At Belmay Primary School we Choose Respect...
The students have been learning lots of ways to show respect and we have had some great feedback from parents of our junior students about the success of the program.
This is a very important part of our Values program. We hope you will take some time to become familiar with the program and use the Choose Respect ideas and language so that our children receive consistent messages at home and school.
'KidsMatter' aims to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties and their families.
Each initiative involves the people who have a significant influence on children’s lives – parents, carers, families, child care professionals, teachers and community groups – in making a positive difference to children's mental health.
Belmay Primary School takes part in the KidsMatter program which is aimed at improving the mental health and well being of primary school students. We have recently been involved in a pilot program for parents of children in Kindergarten to Year 1, looking at developing strong relationships between families and the school and supporting parents to help their children make a positive transition to school.