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Bounce Back – A Social and Emotional Learning Program

As part of our Kids Matter journey Hampton Park Primary School is implementing the Bounce Back Program from Prep to Grade 6.  Bounce Back is a preventative whole school social and emotional learning program.  Social and emotional learning is the process through which children acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to:

- recognise and manage their emotions
- set and achieve positive goals
- demonstrate caring and concern for others
- establish and maintain positive relationships
- manage difficult situations and times resiliently
- make responsible decisions

The program has been developed to support schools and teachers in their efforts to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their students and to enable students to act resiliently when faced with challenges and adversity.

The program focuses on classroom strategies and activities that teach students positive social and emotional skills that may be best described as ‘life skills’.  The aim of the program is to teach coping skills to help children respond positively to the complexities of their everyday lives, in other words, children are taught how to ‘bounce back’ after experiencing sadness, difficulties, frustrations and hard times.

Each week the whole school will focus on a specific ‘life skill’ and teachers will plan engaging activities to explicitly teach these skills during a formal teaching session.  It is hoped that by upskilling our children during formal teaching sessions they will be more confident to transfer their knowledge, attitudes and skills into day to day life.