Over the past few weeks, our Year 7 Student Advocate, Miss Mulcahy, has been running group interventions with two separate sets of Year 7 students, with a focus on developing emotional resilience. Each session was based around the specific skills required to demonstrate emotional intelligence, which should support individuals with their understanding of, and ability to, express emotions and build positive relationships and self-esteem.
At the beginning of each session, students engaged with a fun settler activity which helped to establish a positive and relaxed environment that allowed for deeper exploration into each topic. During the ‘building self-esteem’ session, students learnt about high and low self-esteem, why self-esteem is important, and how self-esteem presents itself in day-to-day life. The learning process was always accompanied by peer discussion, self-reflection and presented students with the opportunity to test their own and each other’s knowledge. Students participated in fun and engaging games and activities and had the opportunity to apply their knowledge to solidify understanding. Students were also encouraged to get creative and produced their own affirmation posters, which they then took home with them.