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No Body’s Perfect!

In a world where the Media have become an even stronger voice in our girls’ ears – this workshop aims to uncover some of the preconceived ideas we have about what body perfection means. Adolescent girls are bombarded daily with images of celebrities, pop stars and models in every area of the media from advertising campaigns to music video clips. This eye opening workshop helps demystify some of the norms of perfection thrust upon our girls. During this powerful time together, girls will discuss some of society’s ideas of perfection for our girls, including critically evaluating a variety of female images. One of the key points of the presentation involves the girls viewing images that demystify the art of digital retouching of images in the media. It will leave girls shocked and stunned that they have been so mislead by the idea of ‘perfection’.

Journals

During this practical session, we will be discussing how as girls, we can deal with our emotions, friendships and conflict during our teenage years.

One way of doing this is through the use of writing, drawing and expressing ourselves through journals. Many teen girls have found it beneficial to have a place to unload thoughts and feelings, without having to openly share these with others. We will discuss the various ways in which we can utilise our journals as a valuable tool for expressing these teen issues.

Each girl will be given their own journal and access to a broad range of scrapbooking papers, stickers, ribbons, quotes and bible verses.

Girls are encouraged to express their individuality and creativity through decorating the covers of their personal journals.

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Finding Your Wings!

“If everyone lit their own candle, the whole world would be lit” – Mary Moskovitz

With many young people suffering from low self esteem, we see the increase of destructive behaviours including binge drinking, drug taking, bullying and self harm. There are many benefits of helping our young people develop and maintain a healthy self image. During this session, girls will learn to identify the causes of poor self image and strategies they can begin using immediately to increase their self worth. This is an informative as well as highly practical workshop on these teen issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • What is self-esteem?
  • Understanding that we have each been made in the image of God and that makes us truly treasured.
  • Factors that can affect our self esteem
  • Practical steps you can take from today to develop a positive self image
  • Use of positive affirmations
  • Where does my self esteem presently sit? Quick quiz.

Practical Activity

Students will make their own positive affirmation cards that will be decorated during the session and laminated for students to keep.

Handout

An A4 coloured handout will be given to each person to highlight key points of this session and to allow students the space to complete a quiz as to where they are presently at with their self-esteem levels.

Girls of Strength

Identifying and developing our strengths can lead to greater self -esteem in life. We have all been given a variety of gifts and talents to use in life- that is what makes us all so unique! For many young people, identifying their key strengths can be difficult. During this practical session, students will be encouraged to identify their specific strengths and to understand that even though we all may have different strength areas- we need diversity in the world.

Learning Outcomes

  • For students to understand that we have all been created as unique and special individuals with a rich diversity of strengths and talents.
  • That although people may have different strengths, doesn’t mean that any are more important than others
  • How utilising our strengths can in turn, work to develop a positive self-image

Practical Activity

Students will identify their key strengths during this session and make a ‘strengths bracelet’ which will identify specific strength areas by colour guides. This will be a positive reminder to students of their identified gifts.

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Friends & ‘frenemies’

Most adolescent girls would readily admit that one of their greatest influences during these important years are their friendships and peer groups. Most young people feel an intense pressure to fit in and be an accepted part of their peer groups. Friends can be a major influence on a young person’s self-esteem and body image. It is not always smooth sailing and girl world can be fraught with social power plays and mean girl behaviour.

During this powerful session, we will discuss how the social power pole works and how girls can move through this stage of their school life with their self-esteem intact.

Learning Outcomes

  • Qualities that are important for healthy friendships
  • What girls can do when friendship dynamics change
  • How to move away from toxic friendship groups
  • Strategies to cope with mean girl behaviour
  • The harmful nature of gossip and how damaging words can be
  • How to deal with challenging friendships

Cyber Savvy Girl

Our girls are living in the digital age where most of them are active as cyber citizens. Yet many are ill equipped to deal with the many responsibilities of being free to explore this new world. During this presentation, girls will discover what it means to develop a digital footprint, key strategies they can implement to protect their privacy and how their online safety is paramount in Cyberspace.

Learning Outcomes

  • The key safety factors that every student must implement
  • How to make their settings private
  • Social Media
  • Cyber bullying and steps to take if you are bullied on-line
  • Real case studies
  • Sexting and photographs
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The Next Step – Preparing for High School

For students about to embark on their High School Journey!

Entering High School can be a daunting experience for many young people – however it needn’t be! Presenter Sharon Witt has been working with first year high school students for over 18 years and her key strengths lie in demystifying High School for students and helping them to understand what to expect in the years ahead. Her insight, humour and stories will leave students with a sense of reassurance and a toolbox for starting this next step with ease.

Note: This session can be run longer and Sharon can help facilitate a complete orientation day program including helpful drama games, getting to know you group activities and other sessions on organisation and homework.

Duration: 1½ Hours
Age Recommendation: First year of High School (Years 7 or 8)

Learning Outcomes:

  • What changes students can expect in High School
  • Understanding the unique structure of High School
  • How to look after your own health and well being during High School
  • Key tips for being organised in High School
  • Why teachers set homework and how to develop key strategies that will ensure you keep on top of your homework
  • How to make friends and maintain these key relationships throughout school
  • Common anxieties about starting High School and how to cope with these.

Handout:

A4 Preparing for High School Toolbox

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Surviving High School

For students just beginning their Secondary School journey

Entering High School can be a daunting experience for many young people- however it needn’t be! Presenter Sharon Witt has been working with first year high school students for over 18 years and her key strengths lie in demystifying High School for students and helping them to understand what to expect in the years ahead. Her insight, humour and stories will leave students with a sense of reassurance and a toolbox for starting this next step with ease. This workshop is valuable for students who have recently begun their High School journey and is best run during Term 1 of the school year.

Duration: 1½ Hours
Age Recommendation: Senior Primary Students

Learning Outcomes:

  • What changes students can expect moving into Secondary School
  • Understanding the unique structure of High School
  • How to look after your own health and well being during High School
  • Key tips for being organised in High School
  • Why teachers set homework and how to develop key strategies that will ensure you keep on top of your homework
  • How to make friends and maintain these key relationships throughout school
  • Common anxieties about starting High School and how to cope with these.

Handout:

  • A4 Preparing for High School Toolbox
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Think your way to Success

“What other people think of you is none of your business”

The power of positive thinking and having a great attitude can never be underestimated. This powerful workshop encourages students to examine the way they think about themselves and their own capabilities. Many young people develop negative mindsets about various elements of their life and education. During this session, students will understand the power of the negative phrase ‘I can’t!’ and learn techniques that will enable them to develop a more positive outlook.

Duration: 1½ Hours
Age Recommendation: ages 11 upwards

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover why our thoughts are so important and can be used in both a positive and negative way
  • Why developing positive self talk is an important tool for life
  • How your own attitude can make all the difference in school and life

Practical Activity:

Students will make their own positive affirmation cards that will be decorated during the session and laminated for students to keep.

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Achieving your Best – Goal Setting Strategies

Goal setting for Life

Goal setting is one of the greatest skills that young people can learn. It is a skill that can be used throughout life and helps us get to where we want to go in life, be it completing a school assignment or making the State Basketball team. During this interactive and highly motivating workshop, students will hear of one young man’s mission to achieve his ultimate goal, and the incredible lengths he took to achieve his dream.

Duration: 1 ½ Hours
Age Recommendation: Senior Primary-Secondary Students

Learning Outcomes:

  • For students to understand the importance of setting goals.

Practical Activity:

Students will identify some specific goals for the year ahead at school and the next five years.

Handouts:

Each student will receive a full colour A3 double page flyer containing key points, quotes and cartoons from today’s presentation. There is also space for students to write their own goals to take home and keep.

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Bully Tactics – Dealing with Bullying

Bullying, in its many forms affects most children at some point in their lives. During this informative and practical session, we discuss the many types of bullying- including some examples that students may not identify as bullying. We discuss factors involved as to why a person may choose to bully others, with a key element of this workshop being students working in small groups to read through and discuss bullying scenarios and come up with their own key strategies. This is an excellent workshop that really gets students thinking about their behaviours and to think before they act!

Duration: 1½ Hours
Age Recommendation: Ages 11 upwards

Learning Outcomes:

  • Why people bully others
  • Key characteristics of bullies
  • What you can do if you are the target of a bully
  • Seeking help
  • How you can seek help if you are a bully

Handouts:

A double page A3 flyer is given to each student to help them to retain and reflect on some of the key outcomes of this session.

NOTE: For older students (particularly Secondary School) we highly recommend running the second session ‘Cyber Bullying’.

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Cyber Bullying

Often run as a second session with this workshop is a Cyber Bullying session. As more than 90% of students connected to the Cyber world, cyber bullying is a common form of harassment for young people. This session runs through the various methods cyber bullies use to target someone and key steps that children can take to lessen the risks of being harassed on line. We also walk students through the steps to take if they are being harassed on line.

A key feature of this session includes the 7 minute film Let’s Fight It Together (courtesy of ACMA). This profound film highlights how technology can be misused to make a person’s life unbearable. It will leave your students stunned but with no doubt that cyber bullying does cause real pain and has no place in our society.

Duration: 1- 1½ Hours
Age Recommendation: Ages 12 upwards

Learning Outcomes:

  • Why people bully others on line
  • The various ways children are harassed in cyber world
  • Key characteristics of bullies
  • What you can do if you find yourself the target of an online bully
  • Seeking help
  • How to be careful of online predators
  • Keeping yourself safe in cyber world