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Extra-curricular Activities

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This section offers information about the extra-curricular opportunities available to students.

 

Playground Pals

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Blackbutt State School is initiating a 'Playground Activity Leaders in Schools' program. (P.A.L.S.) in 2020.

 

You will see year 6 children with high vis vests helping at break times.

 

This Playground Pals program was created in Toronto by the Halton Region.   I have received permission from the program designers to implement this program at Blackbutt State School. The PALS program replaces the Peer Skills Program.

 

Year 6 children have been asked to apply to be a Playground Pal.  Playground Pals participate in training by attending a workshop to become Playground Pals.

 

The workshop will teach the student leaders how to support other children to play safely in the playground.

 

Each Playground PAL will use a leader handbook for the training.  Training sessions will cover: Safety in the playground; Qualities of a leader and leadership styles; Communication skills; Problem solving and conflict resolution.

 

The Playground PALS will be rostered on at break times and each Playground Pal will wear a high vis vest so others know when they are Playground Pals.

 

We believe the opportunity for young people to participate in P.A.L.S:

 

  • Provides community service;
  • Reduces bullying behaviour in the playground;
  • Enables children to mentor and support other children in the playground;
  • Supports the school's restorative approach;
  • Helps children with playground problem solving;
  • Help PALS leaders to resolve conflict; and
  • Provides children with leadership opportunities.

 

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Last reviewed 01 April 2021
Last updated 01 April 2021