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Our volunteer mentors, help identify a child’s spark, and then, seek to strengthen and grow that spark to help foster resilience and confidence. The focus of the program is to support the social and emotional wellbeing of these students which can lead to them having better engagement in their learning in the classroom and their connection within the school environment.
In the words of one of their students, Rohit (12), “12 Buckets has changed my life. It has helped me to be who I really am and to feel like I am supposed to be here… where I am.”
The 12 Buckets guiding buckets model focuses on the areas of Belonging, Generosity, Mastery, and Independence. These are universal growth needs that support the social and emotional wellbeing and development of a child.
Mentoring sessions are held once a week, in the 12 Buckets room that is set up to spark curiosity and joy. This room allows the students and mentors to explore the 12 Buckets guiding buckets model through different activities whilst having fun! Mentors help uncover a child’s existing area of strength or interest by taking the time to get to know their student through games and other activities. Activities include cooking, art, Lego building, music, writing, environment, sport, painting or reading.
12 Buckets is a place for connection and a place to be challenged to grow. It is a safe space for kids take a break, focus on themselves, and begin to realise anything is possible!
Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help you extend the benefits of MindUP throughout your day, week, and year.
Students receive free weekly individual and or group music tuition in their schools. The students are bused after school to The Salvation Army in Balga, where they have ensemble rehearsals on a weekly basis. As well as enjoying music the students gain confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, a sense of achievement and experience educational benefits as well
Children who regularly eat breakfast tend to have improved concentration, alertness and are ready for the days learning.
Breakfast Club is organised and supervised by staff members and operates from 2 locations within our school grounds. Breakfast Club promotes healthy eating, hygiene, responsibility, cleanliness and social skills.
Breakfast Club is supported by Oz Harvest and Foodbank.
Tuesday – facilitated by Child and Parent Centre
Fridays – facilitated by North Balga Primary School
9.00am – 10.30am
North Balga Primary School, 30 Maitland Road Balga 6061 – Community Hub
This accessible form of treatment holistically manages the mental health concern without unduly impacting school attendance. Costs are also fully covered through Medicare allowing all students free access to professional care.
The Global Roaming model focuses on connecting partners to the community. Through collaboration and empowerment, they enable a range of community based activities that create positive outcomes for program participants. The vision of Global Roaming it to give every young person the ability to reach their full potential regardless of location, gender or race.
North Balga Primary school is proud to work in partnership with Cat and Brett from Global Roaming who provide fortnightly sessions to our Year 6 students. They cover a range of interesting and relevant topics with our students and teach them essential life skills such as skincare and personal hygiene, first aid, body confidence, self- defence, healthy eating and public speaking as they prepare for high school and beyond.
Our Stepping Stones program is offered to all children who will be attending Kindy the following year. Stepping Stones is a fun and engaging way to introduce children into schooling.
This program is facilitated by North Balga Primary School staff and exposes children to classroom routines, timetables, social skills, fine and gross motor skills plus basic foundations in preparation for a great start to their schooling journey at North Balga.
Parents/Carers are responsible for their child during these sessions, starting Term 3 every year in our Community Hub from 1-3pm once a week.
Please contact our front office if you would like any further information about this program.