Successful Yard Play

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					                                              Mansfield Park PS
                                          Successful Yard Play project
                                                 2007 – 2008

Participants:
1. All Mainstream/ NAP students
2. Core group of students who experience difficulty interacting appropriately in the school yard at play times.
  (These students attend SOR regularly (Time Out from yard) and/ or have been identified from Student Bullying
  Survey.)

Coordinating Staff Members: Bronwyn Wilsdon (School Counsellor), Julie Bishop (Principal)

Objectives as per funding application:
− Encouraging and facilitating greater interaction between Mainstream/NAP students
− To improve student safety and wellbeing in the school yard at play times.
− Continue to work with core group of students to reduce the high incidence of students being removed from the
  yard at break time for inappropriate or unsafe play. (ie attendance at SOR)

Outcomes in relation to:
Targeted students (particularly attendance & behaviour)
− 13 out of 21 targeted students showed reduction of number of times attending SOR over Year (Term ½
   attendance compared with Term ¾ attendance)
− Decrease in attendance in SOR (removal from Yard for inappropriate/unsafe behaviour) for all students
− Involvement in activities/ support in yard for some Aboriginal students in targeted group resulted in more
  successful yard play for these students. Involvement in the programme showed some improvement in
  attendance. More work to be done in this area.

Sorting Out Room /Enrolment
                                         SOR Attendance               Enrolment (excluding CPC)
                  3/08/07                     380                                226
                  1/08/08                     359                                248
                % Difference              6% Decrease                       10% Increase

− Restorative Practices being used extensively with students/ teachers. This has resulted in students developing
  and using skills of being able to restore relationships and ‘move on’ after an issue in the yard. However still
  more work to be done in this area.
Staff members
− In evaluation of Yard Programme staff indicated that Yard Duty had become ‘more enjoyable’, they could
  interact with students more in a proactive while in the yard, and that generally students tended to return to class
  more settled after each break.
− Staff have suggested, and are willing to supervise activities in 2009.
− Restorative Practice – teachers using Restorative principals and language in yard
School community
− Increased recess break to 30 minute play time, reduced lunch break to 20 minutes play time.
− Acknowledgment and celebration of students following school rules in the yard by whole school community
               o i.e. Raffle tickets (individual) and Happy Tower (whole school). Celebrations
               o have included Rock Climbing Activity, Jumping Castle.
− Whole school Anti- Bullying/ Harassment focus – Week1/ terms 2,3,4
− Bullying Audit – conducted in Terms 1 and 4 (2007,2008)
− Beginning Year 2 Week Programme which include focus on Yard Play – Rules
− School Discipline Policy – Yard Reviewed, modified and implemented.

General Comments:
The program would be sustained by:
− Yard Duty to include provision for teacher to supervise soccer in 2009.
− Yard Duty to include provision for teacher/ School Counsellor to work with targeted group of students several
  sessions a week.
− Students/teachers to organise and supervise some activities at break times.

Other programmes/ organisation have also complemented and contributed to Successful Yard Play at MPPS.
These included:
− Alternative Play /Skill building sessions 2x week (teacher working with targeted group of students in the yard at
  break times to help develop skills in appropriate and safe yard behaviour) – Whole School Change Funding.
− Yard supervision for Special Needs students – SSO hours/ Disability funding
− ALERT (O/T Programme) – Programme 4 Funding.
− Restorative Practice (Programme 1 Funding)
Yr                  Attendance                            Behaviour              Other comments

     Very low       T1/2/3 Regular   T1- Yard T/O = 4        T3 – Yard T/O = 6    −   Alternate Play/Skill Sessions
1
                    P/T Plan T4      T2 – Yard T/O = 11      T4 – Yard T/O = 3    −   Yard Plan – Recess (T4)
                                     T1- Yard T/O = 4        T3 – Yard T/O =3
R    Moderate       Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 1       T4 – Yard T/O = 1
                                     T1- Yard T/O =12        T3 – Yard T/O =4    Yard Plan Term 2,3,4
2    Participated   Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 8       T4 – Yard T/O = 7
                                     T1- Yard T/O =4         T3 – Yard T/O =6
1    Participated   Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 2       T4 – Yard T/O = 4

                                                                                 Yard Plan T2, T3,T4
7    Very low       Regular          T1- Yard T/O =6

                                     T1- Yard T/O =5         T3 – Yard T/O =5    Yard Plan, Term 2,3
5    Moderate       Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 6       T4 – Yard T/O = 3

                                     T1- Yard T/O =6         T3 – Yard T/O =5    Yard Plan, Term 3
3    Participated   Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 1       T4 – Yard T/O = 2
                                     T1- Yard T/O =4         T3 – Yard T/O =1
4    Participated   Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 1       T4 – Yard T/O = 0

                                     T1- Yard T/O =6         T3 – Yard T/O =4
3    Low            Regular                                  T4 – Yard T/O = 6   Yard Plan
                                     T2 – Yard T/O = 3
                                     T1- Yard T/O =5         T3 – Yard T/O =5    Yard Plan, Term 2,3,4
5    Low            Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 8       T4 – Yard T/O = 5

                                     T1- Yard T/O =4         T3 – Yard T/O =3
5    Low            Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 2       T4 – Yard T/O = 0
                                     T1- Yard T/O =3         T3 – Yard T/O =1
6    Low            Irregular        T2 – Yard T/O = 3       T4 – Yard T/O = 1   Identified Bullying Audit

                                     T1- Yard T/O =2         T3 – Yard T/O =3
5    High           Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 5       T4 – Yard T/O = 1   Identified Bullying Audit

                                     T1- Yard T/O =3         T3 – Yard T/O =1
5    Moderate       Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 1       T4 – Yard T/O = 1   Identified Bullying Audit

                                     T1- Yard T/O =4         Exclusion x 2
7    Low            Irregular                                                    Identified Bullying Audit

                                     T1- Yard T/O =4         T3 – Yard T/O =4
2    High           Regular                                  T4 – Yard T/O = 1   Alternative Play
                                     T2 – Yard T/O = 7
                                     T1- Yard T/O =5         T3 – Yard T/O =1
2    High           Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 7       T4 – yard T/O = 0   Alternative Play

                                     T1- Yard T/O =5         T3 – Yard T/O =1
6    Moderate       Regular          T2 – Yard T/O = 1       T4 – Yard T/O = 0   Identified Bullying Audit

				
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