Peer Support 2018

This year our Peer Support Program will continue around a structured social skills program- What’s the Buzz? It explicitly demonstrates methods of how children can get along with each other and nurture friendship groups.

Our Peer Support leaders will assist teachers through each lesson which consists of the students solving a social dilemma through a Big Book reading about a character called Archie, discussion, role-play and quiz.

The skills can easily be transferred into their everyday lives as they learn how to become a better friend and a more flexible sociable thinker. We will provide a summary of the lesson in the newsletter and on the website, along with practical ideas parents can use at home to support the program.

Peer Support Week 2018

Lesson 9: working with feelings

Key social principle – Self awareness, Self management & Social Awareness

This lesson teaches children the difference between 'Fact' and 'Opinion.' A natural consequence of relationship is being challenged, sometimes provoked, by opposing opinions. The lesson explores the kinds of feelings that different opinions can set off in us. It coaches how-to respond respectfully, rather than following an impulse to argue over differences. With this knowledge friendships are more likely to be enriched over having different ideas and opinions.

Lesson 10: angry feelings

Key social principle – Self awareness, Self Management, Relationship skills & Responsible decision-making

This lesson is dedicated to teaching children about angry feelings and how-to deal with them more positively. Feeling angry from time to time is normal, but when a person chooses to break things, hurt others and say nasty things they have lost being in charge of their feelings. The best way to be the boss of your feelings is to use 'Smart Thinking' – a plan to stay calm, think and make good choices.

Lesson 11: building healthy bodies, happy minds and steady feelings

Key social principle: Self- Management,Self Awareness & Responsible decision making

This last lesson, based around 'feelings,' is dedicated to the creation of wellbeing. Finding moments to do what we enjoy helps us to meet life's ever present challenges with greater composure. When we do this we look and feel resilient! The best way to improve our resiliency is to create a life balance between what we 'must do' and things we 'like to do'. Then, we're more likely to use 'Smart Thinking' and live so much more optimistically.

Lesson 12: honesty – 'telling the truth'

Key social principle: Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Being honest is one of the most important foundations for strong, healthy relationships with others because it builds trust. This lesson aims to define honesty and place a stamp on its importance. It also explores why some people are tempted to be dishonest, or tell lies, and what the consequences might be.

Lesson 13: Saying, "No"

Key social principle: Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills, Self Management

This lesson teaches children how-to say, "No", and speak up when something doesn't feel right. Its purpose is to help children discriminate between promises, secrets and surprises. An additional theme highlights that not all promises, secrets and surprises are necessarily bad, but there are ways to tell the good from the bad. We alert children that they have our permission to stay safe, and show them how-to do this assertively.

Lesson 14: Empathy

Key social principle: Self Awareness, Social Awareness

Learning to empathise makes it easier for children to get along with each other and to handle problems when they arise. This lesson teaches children what they can 'say and do' to display empathy. When we show care to others we can help them feel better.

Lesson 15: Worry – knowing about it, and dealing with it

Key social principle: Self Awareness, Self Management

This lesson sets out to build mindfulness about worry. We present the idea that a little worry is normal, as it can help us to make sense of our world. On the other hand, too much worry and not knowing how-to deal with it is disabling. So, let's explore what most of us worry about and learn to effectively respond to it, rather than internalising it and not knowing what to do.

Lesson 16: Time to say goodbye

Key social principle: Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making

Greetings and goodbyes are socially influential moments. A successful greeting can engage others to want to grow connections in the future with us. Similarly, a great goodbye delivers precious positive social feedback to improve prospects to reconnect later. Yet, there are a number of basic sub-skills, each requiring some precision, that make or break greetings and goodbyes. As this lesson is the final in the series, it is fitting to highlight the importance of a great goodbye through direct teaching, role-plays and games.