Gillwinga students are seeing benefits from the You Can Do It program.
Gillwinga students are seeing benefits from the You Can Do It program.

School shows You Can Do It

EVERYONE wants their kids to be happy and successful and with this in mind, Gillwinga Public School is leading the way in the Clarence Valley through the introduction of You Can Do It program.

School principal Phil Cavanagh said the program developed a comprehensive set of five essential social and emotional skills in students.

"I'm impressed with our students' rapid learning of the You Can Do It program and I'm happy that our students are developing these five essential life skills which will help them become successful and happy members of our community," he said.

The five foundations or keys to success that children are assisted to develop are: getting along, organisation, confidence, persistence and resilience.

These vital skills are taught systematically and regularly so the children have a thorough knowledge of each skill and how to put it into practice.

These skills are reinforced formally on assemblies and continually taught and developed every day within the classroom and playground. The school merit system has been changed to reflect the five key elements to ensure that students are officially recognised and rewarded for their behaviour.

Mr Cavanagh said the program made a significant impact on the school culture but was not just something that happened at school.

Parents, including Steve Duroux, were also impressed

"I have noticed that my son Reagan (kindergarten student) tries to organise himself for school and my daughter Cate (Year 5) has been influenced to complete her homework on a regular basis," Mr Duroux said.

To facilitate the community partnership between the school and home, the school has provided specific information to every family about each of the five keys to success.

Parents and carers are encouraged to discuss with their children the skills being taught and praise students when they demonstrate the desired behaviours at home.



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