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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
  • Belonging and Connectedness

Overview: 

The Ripple Kindness Project is an on-going, whole school curriculum targeting students aged 5-12 years (from prep to grade 6). It has been designed to cultivate a positive school community to help address and prevent anti-social behaviour and emphasises the importance of showing kindness towards others; maintaining an optimistic classroom environment where everyone feels like they are supported and that they belong; and helping students to apply values like respect, generosity, compassion, gratitude and resilience in their interactions with others. 

Delivery By: 

  • Primary teachers and staff

Aims: 

The Ripple Kindness Project is an approach to meeting the emotional needs of students in schools by providing a solid foundation to nurture strong, respectful and compassionate individuals. The program is based on the principal of reciprocity in relationships (i.e., individuals recoup what they themselves contribute to relationships) and the belief that all people should support and care for each other. The program combines with practical activities to help students understand how their feelings and emotions impact on their and other people’s lives.

Implementation/Delivery

Details: 

The Ripple Kindness Project covers the following topics:

  • Understanding emotions - this topic gives students the opportunity to understand their own feelings as well as those of others. The program also helps students identify and apply strategies to control strong feelings, like anger or distress. Students are also taught to understand that what they do and say can affect other people in a positive or a negative way so that they can be mindful of their actions. Compassion and empathy for others are also taught.
  • The importance of kindness and how to be kind to others - this topic lays the foundation for a positive school community by teaching students about the importance of being kind and how to be kind towards others.
  • Building resilience - this topic focuses on helping students to build resilience after rejection by their peers.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

The Ripple Kindness Project has been designed to be implemented flexibly in each classroom, depending on the needs of the students. Teachers can guide their class through the modules at their own pace and it is recommended that classes spend at least 30 minutes a week on the program.  Activities include class discussions and brainstorms; class, family and community activities; worksheets; and homework assignments.

 

Staff professional learning (PL):

Staff professional learning is not compulsory. It has been designed so that teachers and school staff can run the program by using the program manual.

Cost: 

The program is delivered as a PDF and includes 300 children's kindness cards and as many adult kindness cards as requested (these are mailed). Larger schools who require additional kindness cards may order extras. There is also an option to purchase a hard copy.

Download an information pack with pricing here

Program Specific Audience: 

KMP

Structured Sessions: 

2

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: 

There were no evaluations submitted that met the inclusion criteria.

 

Competency 1 : Self Awareness: 

1

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 learning, behavioural and Positive Psychology theories.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 

No
Author(s)/Contacts

Author(s): 

Lisa Currie

About the Author(s): 

Lisa Currie became a passionate advocate for education and well being when she had her own children and began teaching them values and academics before beginning school. Since the start of their formal education, she has been active in many aspects of education. During her years of volunteering in the classroom, she encountered troubled children who confided in her about their problems within the school and at home. It became clear that many children lacked the positive home environment and caring role models to help them develop into kind, well rounded and considerate adolescents. She spent several years researching, piloting and developing a kindness curriculum to help combat bullying and inspire a positive and rewarding outlook on life.

Contact Information: 

Program materials

Name: Lisa Currie                                          

Phone: 0409 560 171                                                                      

Email: lisa@ripplekindness.org