Schools have used various strategies to help build a positive school community.

Below are some examples that provide ideas, inspiration and practical hints about how you can implement Component 1.

If your school has successfully implemented strategies for developing your school into a more positive school community, and you would like to share with other KidsMatter schools, please email

‘Fence friends’ at Woongoolba State School, Queensland

The Fence Friends Project provided a creative opportunity for students to participate in a permanent public art exhibition.

Every student designed and painted an image of themselves to display along the front fence of the school. A long fence line of 200 colourful images now highlights the positive and inclusive school culture at Woongoolba.

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KidsMatter Family Fun Afternoons at Belmay Primary School, WA

In 2011, Belmay Primary developed a new after-school initiative. Staff members invited parents and carers to join with their children in activities to promote the value of learning together in a supportive environment. Teachers with skills in sport, drama and visual arts planned an event each term which comprised two hours with an activity focus and a shared meal.

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