PERSONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION A Personal Development Education Program is taught to all children from Prep to Year 6. This program is integrated into the other subjects and parents are informed each term of any sensitive topics being taught. Parents are invited to discuss the program with their child’s teacher. Parents may receive a copy of the PSDE program by making this request at the School’s Office.
MJR AT ST JOSEPH'S St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Clermont is an MJR school. This means that we Make Jesus Real!
What is MJR? Why are we an MJR school? MJR stands for Making Jesus Real. It helps students bring the Catholic faith to life by showing them how to live it every day. We are an MJR school because it assists students in feeling the Spirit of Jesus each day and allows them to find the "God Moments" that are always happening around them (Garratt Publishing, n.d.).
Who participates in MJR? Everyone – students and teachers.
When and where does MJR take place? Every day and in all aspects of the school (e.g. classroom and the playground)
How is it implemented across the school? Students participate in fortnightly intra-school MJR groups where they learn about a particular MJR focus for the fortnight. Each student also has their own copy of a MJR workbook. Students work through these workbooks on a weekly basis in class. The focus for each week reflects the messages of the Gospel from the weekend.
MJR is an integral part of St. Joseph’s. Our aim is to keep letting the Spirit of Jesus shine within us!
RESILIENCE PROJECT At St Joseph’s, the students take part in learning experiences based on The Resilience Project as part of their Health units, in each grade. This exciting program ties directly into the Australian Curriculum and is based on four imperative principles, Empathy, Mindfulness, Gratitude and Emotional Literacy.
The program’s lessons vary throughout the grades and focus on the needs of students at that year level. Our school has been implementing these lessons for almost two years now, and so far the outcomes have been astounding. Teachers and guests within our school see our students use the Resilience Project specific language and vocabulary spreading into other subjects and daily school routines. Words such as “I am grateful for”, “I feel empathy towards” and of course “#DIS” have been heard regularly, particularly in the older grades.
In a nutshell, The Resilience Project’s mission aims to teach positive mental health strategies. They deliver emotionally engaging programs and provide evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience. In a world where technology is rapidly taking a prominent role and young students are having an overload of information each day, they need programs like TRP to bring them back to centre and help them understand what is important, to be grateful for everything God has given us, to understand and share the feelings of others, and finally to live and be in the moment.