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R.E.S.P.E.C.T……..This is what it means to us.

Dear parents as you may be aware, St Helena has been implementing positive psychology over the last four year, this has lead us to becoming a lead school in the implementation of The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program (RRRR). All staff have been trained to deliver the learning materials which have been designed for teachers in both primary and secondary schools. The RRRR is a program that explores the issues that underpin family and gender based violence. You are very welcome to view the curriculum materials at:

The materials have been scoped and sequenced for students from p-12 to develop social, emotional and positive relationship skills and are aligned with the Victorian curriculum . The materials have been developed by a team from the Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and seek to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people as they have been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing. It also reduces antisocial behaviours including engagement in gender-related violence.

Developing students’ personal and social capabilities via social and emotional learning

As well as teaching academic skills, it is part of the core business of schools to promote student resilience, wellbeing and positive social attitudes.1, 2 One way that schools can achieve this is through the teaching of evidence based programs that explicitly foster personal and social capabilities. Explicit efforts to provide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities is recognised as a key part of this work.3 SEL is the process through which children and young people build and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to:

  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and express empathy
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions
  • Develop resilience to deal with change
  • Create positive gender norms
  • Contribute to social cohesion.4

Social and emotional skills help students develop the resilience to deal with change, challenge and unpredictability.4 Social and emotional learning is important in the context of data highlighting that Australian young people face a range of stressors and anxieties, and a high incidence of mental health problems (see Figure 1). Social and emotional skills are also the foundation of positive relationships, including positive gender relationships, and contribute to social cohesion.

Over the next few weeks we hope to bring you further information about this exciting program and to invite you to an evening where we showcase some of the informative and engaging activities your children have experienced.

So stay tuned!


Sue Goff

Lead Teacher (school wide positive behaviours)