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Student Engagement & Wellbeing

Glen Waverley South Primary School’s vision is underpinned by the values of RESPECT, highlighted through our focus on:

Trust and Honesty

At Glen Waverley South Primary School, our school values of RESPECT are embedded throughout all curriculum areas.

Student engagement and wellbeing is supported and assessed through the wellbeing program: ‘The Resilience Project’. The aim of this program is to develop students’ resilience and happiness by providing practical, mental health strategies. The program is centred on the values of Empathy, Gratitude and Mindfulness.

All levels follow the curriculum which includes teacher resource books, student journals containing 10-30 lessons depending on the year level and a resource hub. The lessons are taught on a weekly or fortnightly basis and consist of engaging, hands on activities, collaborative team work and reflection time which are all important aspects of student learning.

‘The Resilience Project’ curriculum is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum and addresses the achievement standards in the Personal and Social Capabilities and the Health and Physical Education learning areas. Teachers assess student achievement accordingly.

The Resilience Project

‘The Resilience Project’ runs programs in schools around Australia. The aim of these programs is to develop students’ resilience and improve their mental health. Hugh van Cuylenburg is the founding director. There are 2 programs available for schools to choose from: Partnership Program and Immersion Program.

In 2019 we introduced the ‘Immersion’ program which included a professional development session for staff, student presentations and a parent night which provided strategies for parents to support the development of a resilient child at home.

As we are a ‘Partnership’ school, we have been following The Resilience Project curriculum, which is closely aligned to the personal and social capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum.  The ‘Partnership’ program includes:

  • The Resilient Youth Survey for Years 3-6 students

  • A Resilience Profile Workshop for staff which focuses on the school’s survey data and how it relates to The Resilience Project curriculum

  • A personal student journal containing The Resilience Project Curriculum

  • A Teacher Resource and access to additional resources via The Resilience Project resource hub

  • Ongoing support in regard to program delivery and evaluation

  • Additional lessons and curriculum support on current world events that explore resilience and mental health.

Please see the link to the program: https://theresilienceproject.com.au/schools/

This is a video made by The Resilience Project, highlighting the experience of teachers, students and parents in a local Melbourne primary school who have implemented the program.
Watch more videos on The Resilience Project Youtube Channel