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