In 2016, Respectful Relationships education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 12, and is being taught in all government and Catholic schools and many independent schools.
In Term 2, 2019, the Respectful Relationships Curriculum was introduced to students in Foundation to Year 6.
The Victorian Curriculum includes learning about respectful relationships in both health and physical education and personal and social capability. In health and physical education curriculum, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships. In the personal and social capability curriculum, students learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.
Everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings.
Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students
The Respectful Relationship pilot program has taken place in 19 lead schools and reached over 4000 students. Carranballac’s lead schools are Point Cook Senior Secondary College and Baden Powell F-9 College. Carranballac College is currently a Partner School.
Embedding a culture of respect is key to providing a positive impact on academic outcomes, mental health, classroom behaviour and the relationships between students and teachers.
The program has a whole school/community approach and is activity based. The Program has eight topics. Topics 1-8 are covered across all year levels with each topic providing materials, which have been written specifically for the age level in mind.
Topic 1: Emotional Literacy
Topic 2: Personal Strengths
Topic 3: Positive Coping
Topic 4: Problem Solving
Topic 5: Stress Management
Topic 6: Help Seeking
Topic 7: Gender and Identity
Topic 8 Positive Gender Relations.
A Year 4 Classroom activity example: