The students at Strathfield South Public School in Sydney’s Inner West have enjoyed a practical way of learning about resilience: crafting their own personalised ‘bounce backers’. Children in every class at the school, which uses the KidsMatter Primary framework, made the bounce backers as part of a whole-school initiative to build social and emotional learning skills within its community, and foster a safe, positive and respectful school environment.
“The bounce backers act as a physical representation of resilience, as they always can bounce back,” explains Year 1 teacher Luisa Mascitelli.
“The bounce backers are kept in each classroom across the whole school as a teaching aid for incidental learning as the need arises. Further, our peer support program complements this development of resilience within children when facing life’s challenges. It’s given the school community a unified approach and a common language when solving problems and facing challenges that may pop up in life.”