Student Wellbeing

URstrong - Friendology

URSTRONG is all about empowering students with friendship skills! It's a proven, skills-based strategy that provides a host of student-friendly concepts, skills and language to help them build and maintain healthy friendships. URSTRONG encourages students to stand up for themselves with respect for themselves and their friends. Identifying if the conflict is a Friendship Fire vs Mean on Purpose is key! Students use tools such as The Friend-o-Meter and The Friend-o-Cycle to solve problems. 


For more information and resources about the program please click here.


Be You

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


Be You 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.


Be You is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing for primary schools. It can be tailored to schools' local needs.


Through Be You, schools undertake a two-to three-year cyclical process in which they plan and take action to be a positive community; 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.

When schools take on Be You, they build on the work that they are already doing in these areas. 


More information for parents and carers available here


Kids Hope

Tinternvale Primary school is fortunate to be involved in World Vision’s KIDS HOPE AUSTRALIA- a program that trains caring adults on how to be a friend to a child and help that child learn. Twelve mentors will be working in our school. Each mentor has a “Working With Children Check”.


KIDS HOPE AUS. aims at creating a positive impact in the lives of Australian children and their families. It is a mentoring program where a trained mentor spends one hour each week with a child.


Mentors are thoroughly trained with the support of World Vision to understand their role in building caring relationships with children that will enhance their ability to learn and build resilience.


S.T.A.R.S Program 






We aim to build strong relationships amongst students, staff, parents and the wider community.Our goal is to continually improve student outcomes. We intend to do this proactively by concentrating on student engagement in learning and developing positive behaviours through many whole school programs and reinforcing our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Honesty.


The program aims to promote the building of positive relationships between students at different year levels.  Every child will work in a STARS group comprised of students from all year levels.  The STARS groups will meet at least 3 times a term and they will work with the same staff member each time.  The program provides the students with the opportunity to develop relationships across all levels in a safe and supportive environment by involving them in activities that are designed to develop:

  • Self-esteem
  • Confidence
  • Cooperative learning behaviours
  • Risk taking
  • Problems solving skills
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Empathy for the feelings of others





Coco's full name is Coconut and she is a tiny, white Maltese Shihtzu. She has the cutest little underbite smile and is often found snuggling into Mrs Davies' arms. She is still a playful puppy at 18 months old and has been coming to Tinternvale since she was 6 months old. Coco loves cuddles and snuggling into laps of kind, gentle students and she will high 5, shake, dance, spin and kiss for treats! She enjoys playing fetch or tug of war when students need a brain break and her super power is that her cuddles can make any sad or hurt student smile! Coco enjoys it when people introduce themselves by providing their hand for her to sniff, before gently patting her. Her favourite class is PE and Library because this is where she thinks she is allowed to go Coconuts! 


Colonel was training to work at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. Unfortunately this didn’t work for him so he is now a much loved member of our school. Colonel started at Tinternvale when he was 16 months old and enjoys sleeping underneath Mr Mc’s desk. He loves when the students read to him because he gets lots of pats. Recess and lunchtimes are also favourites as he enjoys meeting students from the rest of the school. He loves blueberries, carrots and icecubes.



Fern is a black Labrador who has been with Mandy since she was six weeks old and was raised as a Guide Dog Puppy. When Fern went into Guide Dog training, she was so well behaved and demonstrated wonderful traits that she was chosen to be a Guide Dog Breeder. Fern had two litters, totalling 14 puppies. 8 have become Guide dogs, 2 Therapy dogs and 4 as pets. One even lives over in Singapore. Fern retired from breeding in October 2019 and became Mandy’s pet. Fern is very calm, well behaved and always listens. Her favourite thing to do at school is play ball with the students This helps them come out of their shell and interact with others It brings the students together as they get excited watching her jump and chase the ball. Fern always gets very excited when Mandy drives into the carpark at school.







Jess loved having everyone at home during lockdowns – a little too much! So now, she can’t be left at home on her own for a whole day. When Kerry has to go into the office, Jess gets to come and visit 3/4D. Jess first started visiting Tinternvale in 2014 when she was a puppy, so for a dog, she is getting old; that’s why she loves to lay around watching the students learn. Sometimes Jess plays with her toys and loves flinging them around. She also loves stealing sandwiches from school bags, so make sure your lunchbox is closed tight. 




Lilly joined our school community in 2013 when she was 8 weeks old. She makes a significant contribution to students, staff and parents, being an important part of our wellbeing program. She often goes into classes and has students walk her at recess and lunch. A friend to all, Lilly loves the students and gets quite flat during the school holidays, hoping to hop in the car with our Principal, Jo and return to school.


Lola is a very much-loved pet of Mrs Collings. She is a 5 year old black Labrador. Lola loves humans, going for walks, chasing birds and any attention given from humans. Her favourite food is chicken and rice, and she also loves a pig ear as a treat. Lola is extremely friendly and well behaved. She has really enjoyed meeting the students at Tinternvale Primary School and getting lots of pats and tickles on her nose. Lola loves to watch the students dance, sing and create masterpieces during The Arts. 


Murphy is a 10-month-old Golden Retriever who loves making new friends. Every day he patiently waits with a wagging tail, wet nose and unconditional love for anyone who will give him any attention. He loves anyone taking him for walks around the school and will become your true companion, especially if you have carrots or apples. Murphy's motto is that if you are having a ‘ruff’ day, he will show you some love ‘fur’ real. He is adamant that dog hair has become the new fashion accessory; just ask his mum, Mrs Sprague.