What is KidsMatter?

 KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

The initiative aims to contribute to:

improving student mental health and wellbeing,

reducing mental health difficulties amongst students, and

increasing support for students experiencing mental health difficulties

It was developed in collaboration with Beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, and the Principals Australia Institute, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Beyondblue.

 KidsMatter Primary 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.

 Burnside Primary first introduced this program in 2013.

As a school we aim to effectively implement the program to a high standard, raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing amongst the school community and improve every students overall happiness. This will support a successful learning pathway throughout their time at Burnside Primary and into their future.

We are now a part of this national initiative and as a school we will work together to create a positive experience for everyone.


Introducing the KidsMatter Action Team

The KidsMatter action team consists of a member of School Leadership, Teachers, School Service Officers and Parents within our school community.

Current Action Team Members

Angela Elkin - Assistant Principal

Jane Glasson - Science Teacher

Andrea Curtis - 
Year 1 Teacher 

Amanda Rankine - Year 3 Teacher

Dionne Kelly - Year 7 Teacher

Dennis Smith - Year 3 teacher and Optimism expert

  Sheila Chehade - Pastoral Care Worker

Brad Schutz - SSO

Kelly Wagner - Parent

Sue Cantor-Drummond - Parent

Rachel Clarke  - Parent / Critical friend

The role of the Kids Matter Action Team is to attend the required KidsMatter Facilitator training sessions, promote the KidsMatter Framework at Burnside Primary, generate ideas for school improvement and provide feedback at committee meetings.

Members of the Action Team are required to facilitate training sessions for all members of staff.


  KidsMatter School Progress

KidsMatter is comprised of four interrealated components:

Component 1 - Positive school community

Component 2 - Social and emotional learning for students (SEL)

Component 3 - Working with parents and carers

Component 4 - Helping children with mental health difficulties 

Each component is divided into several sessions of professional learning for staff.  

Burnside Primary School completed Component 1 in 2013, Component 2 in 2014, Component 3 in 2015 and is currently implementing Component 4.

 The 'Bounce Back' Program is being used in all classes to support social and emotional learning and promote wellbeing amongst all of our students.

Further information pertaining to these Components can be found on the KidsMatter website link at the bottom of this page. 

 KidsMatter Action Plan

 To view the KidsMatter Action Plan please click here

     Values Cup

 The Values Cup  was initiated to promote our school's values of COOPERATION, RESPECT and QUALITY LEARNING. In Term 1, 2014 the Year 7 House Leaders met and discussed the merits of using the Values Cup as a way to promote our school values.

The House Leaders have established a simple system designed to highlight and acknowledge students who were espousing and 'living' our school values. The House Leaders were keen to make the Values Cup distinct from Bravo Awards by maintaining a class-based system, leaving Bravos as a playtime focus.

The House Leaders have shown great initiative in developing the Values Cup as a fortnightly celebration to help us continue to build a positive school community.

 The four House Teams at Burnside Primary School are Florey, Bradman, Penfold and Stuart.

Students who display our school values are awarded points.

Each fortnight, the winning house team is announced at whole school assemblies! The team that wins the Values Cup has their team mascot displayed with the Values Cup in the Front Office.


  School Counsellor


Burnside Primary School now has a 0.2 school counsellor. For further information please contact Angela Elkin on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


KidsMatter Action Team Updates


   KidsMatter Action Team Meetings will be held twice a term throughout the year.


Please see below for the latest minutes of meeting:

Minutes of Meeting 18/2/16

Minutes of Meeting 31/3/16


"Flourish" - Parent Evening

Please find below several links to presenters presentations which were discussed at the recent 'Flourish' Parent Evening

To view the presentation offered from Angela Elkin please click here

To view the presentation offered from Dennis Smith please click here

To view the presentation offered from Dionne Kelly please click here 

To view the document regarding External Assets please click here


 Parent Support

Please click on the link below to access a variety of useful documents that may be of assistance to you and your family:


Further Information

KidsMatter Website address: http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary

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