"About 40% of Australian school students are regularly unproductive, bored and struggling to keep up with their peers, say the authors of Engaging Students: Creating Classrooms that Improve Learning. These “passively disengaged” students can be one to two years behind their peers in their work".
Many of our students are struggling in one way or another. Most common complaints are; anxiety, depression, worry, bullying, fitting in and low self esteem.
Surveys are often conducted throughout our schools. It is now known that many of our students are experiencing the following; losing confidence, feeling worthless, constantly under strain, unhappy and depressed, not able to concentrate.
"It’s the biggest survey of kids’ mental health in Australian history and the results are in.
The new survey, conducted by ABC’s Behind the News, asked children questions about their worries, fears and emotions. 20,000 Australian children participated in the survey, which exposed high levels of stress in children aged between six and 16. What worries Australian kids? Who do kids turn to if they feel anxious?"
These are some of the concerns you might see in your school;
Issues with parents and families
Resources to assist struggling students
What does it mean to you to have some of these issues in your school and is it important for you to look at improving the current status quo? How does your school deal with these recurring concerns and do you think with improvement in these areas your school and students would benefit?
In my experience working with school aged students I can say they enjoy learning about how to feel good and are more likely to share this feeling with others. This reflects a ripple effect and within time and commitment I believe we can stamp out low self esteem and bullying.
Here is how our programs can help your school
Prevention is better than cure. When it comes to mental health most efforts have been focused on illness rather than prevention of the illness from occurring.
Thankfully more scientific proof and evidence now supports that when we focus on;
having good relationships with others, and ourselves,
having a sense of purpose and meaning in life
experience the feeling of accomplishing goals,
recognising and regulating emotions
developing empathy for others
making responsible decisions we can avoid mental health issues.
By implementing the above through a fun and interactive way of learning your students and school are sure to notice some impactful, driven results.
I would like to invite you to explore the Proud Peacock Programs to assist you further.
Talara Primary College
Talara Primary College decided to engage in the Proud Peacock Program to offer their students an opportunity to improve and develop life skills that will enhance their wellness.
Notes went home to students in years 3 and 4 informing families of the program, the content and required details for attendance.
Talara also offers other outside programs to their school and had an idea of the numbers they were expecting for attendance. However, once the notes starting coming back to school we soon realised the impact was larger than expected, we had quite an overwhelming response. Paul and I had a discussion about capping the student attendance as the numbers were very high. Those who missed out were offered to go on a waiting list.
This alone speaks volumes and tells us that families want these programs for their children.
We facilitated two classes dividing into gender groups with 30 students in each class. It was fantastic. The children learned, experienced and gained so much from this program.
Thank you so much for the support and programs you have run at Talara Primary College this year. The feedback from both students and parents was of positive nature. With over 60 participants in the shortened Proud Peacocks program over the few weeks, separated into gender and age appropriate, truly allowed for deeper conversations for students to learn self-awareness and most importantly from their peers. Self-Esteem and feeling of worth was a great aspect of the program.
We look forward to having the Proud Peacocks program in our school again in the near future.
Deputy Principal Paul Bathersby
Currently the programs are running at the following schools with great success and feedback;
Coolum Primary School
Talara Primary School
Sunshine Beach High School
It would be an honour to share this program with your school. Please book an appointment to discuss the programs further.