Social Emotional Wellbeing
Students are encouraged to be independent, valuing themselves and others. A high standard of courtesy, dress and integrity is expected and reinforced. Positive character development is taught through the Social Emotional programs "You Can Do It" and "MindUp".
You Can Do It! Education
You Can Do It! Education aims to identify the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to reach their academic potential in school, to experience wellbeing and create positive relationships with others.
It identifies the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience wellbeing, and have positive relationships including making contributions to others and the community (good citizenship).
YCDI’s mission is to realise, through the following beliefs and actions:
- The building of social, emotional, and motivational capacity of young people rather than on their problems and deficits.
- The encouragment of prevention, promotion, and intervention efforts (school, home and community) in order to build the social and emotional strengths of young people.
- The development of a strength-building approach, where YCDI seeks to build the capabilities of adults (community, school, home) associated with positive outcomes in young people.
The 5 Keys of YCDI! Education
Our core purpose is the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities, including:
- Confidence (academic, social)
- Getting Along, and
Central to the development of these 5 Key Foundations is instilling in young people 12 Habits of the Mind, including:
- Accepting Myself
- Taking Risks
- Being Independent
- I Can Do It
- Giving Effort
- Working Tough
- Setting Goals
- Planning My Time
- Being Tolerant of Others
- Thinking First
- Playingby the Rules, and
- Social Responsibility
This last point includes the values of Caring, Doing Your Best, Freedom,Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility,Understanding, Tolerance, and Inclusion.
Included in our core purpose is the elimination of social and emotional difficulties and disabilities (“Blockers”) that constitute barriers to young people’s learning and well-being, including:
- Feeling Very Worried
- Feeling Very Down
- Not Paying Attention or Disturbing Others, and
- Feeling Very Angry or Misbehaving.
YCDI is deliberate in restructuring negative Habits of the Mind that give rise to these Blockers and in the explicit teaching of alternative positive Habits of the Mind.
This approach includes positive, caring relationships with young people
MindUP™ teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training utilizing a brain centric approach.
Students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. MindUP™ lessons align with improved academic performance while enhancing perspective taking, empathy and kindness as well as fostering complex problem solving skills.
MindUP™ fosters a classroom-learning environment where a child’s ability to academically succeed and personally thrive is maximized and directly linked to their overall state of well-being. MindUP™ has been proven to reduce stress, improve academic performance, strengthen abilities for concentration and help children and educators thrive in a setting that becomes a community of learners.
MindUP™ nurtures optimism and happiness in the classroom, helps eliminate bullying and aggression, increases empathy and compassion, while resolving peer conflicts in schools.
Pastoral Care is common practice to support our students in all facets of their development and wellbeing. The appointment of a School Chaplain through YouthCare and the engagement of mentors through the 'School Volunteer Program' and 'Hands Up 4 Kids', encourage and guide students who may benefit from a supporting and mentoring relationship.
Behaviour Management using restorical practices is implemented through the School Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support initiative (SWPBIS).