The Aussie Optimism Program is a program that runs for 10 weeks and is designed to promote mental health, and prevent depression and anxiety in children and to assist them in meeting the challenges and stresses of life e.g. stressful life events, peer pressure, the move to high school and the changes associated with adolescence. There are four programs for primary school students, each developed to suit the varying cognitive and social emotional abilities of students in primary school.
The four programs for primary schools are:
- Feelings and Friends for students in year 1 and 2.
- Feeling and Friends for students in year 3.
- Positive Thinking Skills for year 4 students.
- Social Life Skills for students in year 5 and 6.
Each session runs for 1 hour and is facilitated by the class teacher on a weekly basis. All students have their own student booklet which they work from in every session. At the end of the 10 week program, students are encouraged to take these booklets home to show their family and refer to when they are faced with a difficult situation.
You Can Do It:
In 2017, all classes will be involved in the You Can Do It! (YCDI) program. The programs core purpose is the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities, including: Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Emotional Resilience. Central to the development of these 5 foundations is instilling in young people the 12 Habits of the Mind that support and nourish the 5 foundations. These 12 Habits include, Accepting Myself, Taking Risks, Setting Goals, Planning my time, Being Tolerant of others, Thinking First, Playing by the Rules and Social Responsibility.
The program addresses the following components:
- Social awareness
- Relationship Skills
- Responsible decision-making.
You Can Do It!! Program is facilitated in the classroom by the class teacher on a weekly basis. Each lesson is designed to run for 45 minutes.
As part of the School reward program, students are rewarded with golden tickets for displaying one of the five YCDI values. The golden tickets are then placed into a special draw at assembly. Six winners are drawn each assembly and receive a special prize. Certificates are awarded for students when they reach 25, 50, 75 and 100 golden tickets.
On 23 May 2017, we held our first YCDI values day. The day celebrated the YCDI value, confidence. Children can show confidence in may ways. They can show confidence by having a go, standing up for a friend or by trying something new. To celebrate our students learning about confidence and completing the activities in the YCDI lessons, students wore yellow to school.
Kidsmatter and Takari Primary School
Takari Primary School became a KidsMatter School in 2012. 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.
We believe that an integrated approach to mental and physical health and wellbeing is essential, and we endeavour to engage parents, carers and the broader community to support us in achieving positive outcomes for our students.
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