Settler Farm Campus (Primary & JP) Boys to Winners program 2006 – 2007 Participants: 30 boys (Years 5-7) Cohort contributed to 50% of buddy class referrals and to 43% of chill out cases. Each student targeted has a combination of at least 10 or more chill out, time outs or suspensions in the 2006 school year. They have also been identified by the school bully audit (using bully behaviours) Coordinating staff member: Joanne Catsas-Maroulis Rationale: We believe that each student, the student body, staff and community will benefit from these students being involved in a smaller group focus on: − Developing emotional resilience − Controlling anger issues − Building leadership skills − Learning new skills to effectively manage change − Reframing the negative to the positive − Gaining a greater self awareness about themselves and others − Reconnecting with their school environment and home Objectives: − To meet the needs of our boys who are at risk of disengaging from their education and from their community. − To help students build positive relationships with peers and adults. Anticipated outcomes: − To participate positively in leadership programs. − To be involved in more extra curricula activities. − To dramatically decrease the number of times students are removed from the yard and classroom for inappropriate behaviour. − To not be identified as a perpetrator in the bully audit. − To better deal with conflict situations. − To act as a mentor to the Years 2-4 group. Program information: − Participation in a program with a Youth worker (Mission Australia) − Also working as mentors in small groups to plan similar activities, which they have experienced with younger students who show the same signs of disengaging. The Counsellor will act as facilitator with this group. − Teachers will be released to observe sessions and become familiar with the language and activities used in order to complement the objectives of the project in the class and yard.