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Overview

Age From: 

5

Age To: 

12

Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students

Components: 

  • Component 1 : A positive school community
  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students

Issues: 

  • Social and emotional skills
  • Whole-school approach
  • Bullying
  • Belonging and Connectedness

Overview: 

Ripple Kindness Project for Schools is an on-going whole-of-school curriculum which teachers can apply in the classroom with children aged 5 - 12 years old (Prep to Grade 6) to build social and emotional skills and resilience. The curriculum has a particular focus on addressing the widespread issues of bullying and social exclusion, offering a positive alternative to traditional anti-bullying programs.  

Delivery By: 

  • Primary teachers and staff

Aims: 

The social and emotional learning (SEL) resources include lessons and practical activities for the classroom, home and community. The aim is to cultivate empathy and mindfulness to foster student connections, reduce bullying, build resilience, and improve student and teacher well-being. It supports and nurtures positive values within and beyond the school environment. Students learn to understand how their feelings and emotions impact on their and other people’s lives and how good values and interpersonal skills cultivate a positive, optimistic, compassionate and safe culture at school and within the community.

Implementation/Delivery

State/s Available: 

  • National

Details: 

The Ripple Kindness Project is an explicit teaching tool that purposefully addresses key competencies required to be taught within Australian schools. The program covers topics such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making, civics and citizenship, interpersonal development, and personal learning.

There are 7 modules designed to accommodate progressive development from simple to complex student welfare concepts with a focus on social and emotional learning across the primary years. Each module corresponds with Primary School year levels and follows the same format beginning with understanding emotions, mindfulness, and building empathy, before moving onto fostering resilience, bucket filling, and consolidating concepts to actions. The curriculum is designed to be flexible and self-paced with activities that easily integrate into busy timetables and across subject areas.                  

Curriculum resources include:

  • detailed lessons plans
  • interactive activities
  • activity worksheets
  • printable posters
  • reward certificates
  • teacher assessment tools
  • other wellbeing resources (e.g., books, song, video, kindness cards, newsletter, blog). 

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

The Modules are delivered by teachers within the classroom but also include activities for the home and wider community. Teachers can guide their class through the modules at their own pace, however it is recommended that teachers spend a minimum of 30-45 minutes each week implementing the program activities. The concepts delivered by activities are designed to become embedded into the classroom and school culture.

 

Staff professional learning (PL):

There are currently no specific Professional Development requirements for teachers, as the curriculum is easily implemented by following the step by step instructions included in the manual. Professional Development delivered by trained and experienced teachers is available to support whole-of-school implementation.

Cost: 

The program is delivered as a PDF and includes 300 children's and 100 adult kindness cards. Additional kindness cards can be purchased on an as needed basis. The Curriculum PDF may also be purchased in hard copy book format. An information pack with pricing can be downloaded here: http://ripplekindness.org/school-curriculum/request-school-info-pack/.

Program Specific Audience: 

KMP

Structured Sessions: 

4

Student Assessment Measures: 

0

Professional Learning Compulsory: 

No

Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

No
Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 

0

Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

Program effectiveness not supported. There were no evaluations submitted that met the inclusion criteria. However, evaluations are currently being undertaken in three schools.

 

Competency 1 : Self Awareness: 

2

Competency 3 : Self-management: 

2

Competency 4 : Responsible decision-making: 

2

Competency 5 : Relationship skills: 

2

Identified Theoretical Framework: 

Yes

Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

The Ripple Kindness Project aligns with several theoretical frameworks: social and emotional learning (SEL), Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), behavioural and positive psychology theories.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 

Yes
Author(s)/Contacts

Author(s): 

Lisa Currie

About the Author(s): 

Lisa is a passionate advocate for teaching social and emotional skills to primary aged children with a particular interest in kindness. Believing there is a better way, she developed a positive alternative to traditional anti-bullying programs to help combat the negative effects of bullying and exclusion. Her research into emotional intelligence, respectful relationships, mindfulness, teacher well-being and other wellness topics saw the development of a comprehensive curriculum currently used by schools in five countries.

Lisa works in conjunction with trained educators who are experienced in whole-school curriculum development and implementation, educational leadership, student welfare and teacher education.

Contact Information: 

Program materials

Name:         Lisa Currie

Address:    PO Box 78, Mooroolbark Vic 3138

Phone:        0409 560 171

Email:          lisa@ripplekindness.org