Successful schools start with healthy minds


Update: 21st March 2016 - HARMONY DAY @ MSPS



Update: 10th February 2016 - M.S.P.Social Event: Meet the Teacher and more...







BILLY CART RACE:  Parents vs Teachers vs School Leaders


Update: September 2015






Update: May 2015

  • KidsMatter articles in the newsletter have continued in 2015
  • We have surveyed the parents about:

- learning in the classroom

- extra-curricular programs
- school improvement
- how comfortable parents feel approaching our staff

- communication

- providing opportunities and supporting our parents

- student attendance

  • Explicit teaching of Social and Emotional Learning

- MSPS investigated BounceBack program

- Four staff have attended BounceBack professional learning T2, 2015 < BounceBack is a flexible  ‘smorgasbord’  that will  fit into our Student Engagement & Wellbeing  (SEW) Policy (including our Values & Start Up program) > BounceBack teaches social and emotional learning competencies.

- Grades 1-6 included Bounce Back, Unit  1 Core Values (similar to MSPS Values) in Term 1 Start Up unit,  which complemented  our existing program. The next unit is currently being integrated into our planners.

- Foundation (Prep)  – utilising You Can Do It (YCDI) program.

- Foundation (Prep)  - Every Face has a Place @ MSPS Mural started.

**Professional Learning**

  • KidsMatter Component 2 completed T4, 2014
    • Action Team attended Component 3 training T2, 2015
  • Student Engagement and Wellbeing reflection T1 curriculum day, 2015
  • Student Engagement and Wellbeing action T2, 2015

Update: October 2014 





Staff have almost completed their KidsMatter professional learning for Component 2: Social & Emotional Learning. To find out more... watch the video below from



Video: coming soon






The KidsMatter masks that promoted “Every Face Has a Place” were revealed at this week’s assembly. They look fantastic and represent our diverse school community. We are excited to start displaying them around the school.

Can you see yours below?






 Update: September 2014 




Update: August 2014 


Update: June 2014 


The KidsMatter Action team met on Wednesday morning to discuss and plan the next step in the KidsMatter journey.


The teachers at MSPS met on Wednesday afternoon, as part of our regular professional learning, to  brainstorm how KidsMatter will be used in addition to already established initiatives and events.


A Positive school community is the first KidsMatter Primary component area for learning, planning and action. In a positive school community, every face has a place, every voice is valued and everyone has something to  contribute.





Update: May 2014 


Introducing KidsMatter Primary

Do kids matter? Of course! They matter to families, to schools and to the community! These are the groups that KidsMatter Primary wants to bring together to improve children’s mental health.

Good mental health is vital for learning and life. Children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges. They also learn better and have stronger relationships with teachers, family members and peers.

KidsMatter Primary is a national mental health initiative that has been trialled nationally in over 100 schools since it began in late 2006. KidsMatter Primary has been developed in      collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing,                 beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the Australian Psychological Society, and    Principals Australia (formerly the Australian Principals Association’s Professional                   Development Council). The trial was also supported by Australian Rotary Health (formerly the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund).

Morang South Primary School has begun our participation in a national initiative KidsMatter. MSPS has formed a parents & teachers ACTION TEAM to facilitate the implementation of KidsMatter next year.  Our action team includes: Em Rasit and Emma Dickens as the parent representatives; Sandi Young, Chantelle Armet, Kristy-Lee Laidlaw, Lynette Cartisano representing MSPS staff.


For more information on KidsMatter or if you’d like to watch an information video please visit the KidsMatter website:


Successful schools start with healthy minds


What is mental health?

Mental health has been defined as a young child’s ability to ‘experience, regulate and express emotions; form

close and secure interpersonal relationships; and explore the  environment and learn all in the context of family, community and cultural expectations for young children. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development’ (Zero to Three, 2002).




 Update: December 2013


In 2014, Morang South Primary School will officially begin our participation in a national initiative KidsMatter. MSPS has recently formed a parents & teachers ACTION TEAM to facilitate the implementation of KidsMatter next year.  We also anticipate the 2014 Student Voice will also play a key role.


KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.


Through KidsMatter, MSPS will undertake a two to three year cyclical process that will create             opportunities for all members of our school community to play an active role in the planning,               development and implementation of  a whole school approach that refines our Student Engagement and Wellbeing policy.  The KidsMatter framework is one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, and that promotes:


  • social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
  • working authentically with parents, carers and families
  • support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.



For more information or if you’d like to watch an information video please visit the KidsMatter website: