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BoF @ Sacré Coeur School, Victoria

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

BoF @ Sacré Coeur School, Victoria

We are proud to announce the Sacré Coeur Junior School in Victoria has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016.

Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective classroom intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About Sacré Coeur School

Throughout their rich history since the School’s establishment in 1888, thousands of women have been educated at Sacré Cœur and have gone on to succeed in all aspects of their lives. This has been due to the strength of our community; their sense of belonging to the School and their desire to learn and to be the best they could be.

Sacré Cœur is a school steeped in tradition and connected to 150 sister schools across 41 different countries. This enables our girls and staff to engage in a myriad of international programs and opportunities. Each of our sister schools shares in and is inspired by the writings, philosophy and actions of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, in 1800.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology, Sacré Coeur Junior School has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus, diligence and commitment their pastoral care provides to the students.

Their enables our girls and young women to develop as individuals, identify their strengths and realise their potential. The Student Welfare Officers are fully registered Psychologists and members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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‘The Best of Friends’™ Program launched in Schools and Clinics

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Best of Friends Program in Schools and Clinics

Leading Australian child psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien and the team at Quirky Kid Clinic have launched a social emotional learning (SEL) program for use in schools and clinics.

The Best of Friends’™ program was developed in response to increasing demand at schools and the Quirky Kid Clinics to address social and emotional challenges that children experience.

This manualised program has been running since October last year at the Quirky Kid Clinics and is soon to be rolled out at St Catherine’s School in Sydney. It is an innovative resource that helps children to gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions.

Dr O’Brien said SEL opportunities in school settings significantly increase student outcomes both academically and in life.

‘The Best of Friends’™ program engages children with stories, illustrations and interactive activities to help children overcome social and emotional issues in a peer group setting,” said Dr O’Brien.

The program draws on decades of clinical and school experience and extensive research and is presented in a concise format to facilitate SEL for children aged 7 to 11 years.

Publisher of ‘The Best of Friends’™ and co-founder of the Quirky Kid Clinic, Leonardo Rocker said the program integrates with the Australian Curriculum and was shortlisted for the Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2015 and received a special commendation.

The Quirky Kid Clinic has been offering workshops throughout Australia for over 8 years.

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Bridges for Learning and BoF

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Bridges for Learning and 'Best of Friends' Program

We are proud to announce the Bridges for Learning has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016 at their organization in Bowral. Clients from Bowral and surrounding areas will now be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.

“At Bridges for Learning in Bowral, we are often approached by parents requesting advice and support for their children who may have difficulties with social skills and managing conflict in their peer groups. We were interested in finding a structured program which would be fun and interactive and involve both children and parents.  ‘The Best of Friends’™ program ticks all the boxes and we look forward to introducing it to our families”says Kellie Giles, Senior Psychologist at Bridges for Learning.

Their enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

Dates for 2016 workshops will be announced very soon.

About Bridges for Learning

Bridges for Learning provides a range of therapy and special education programs for children 0–12 years with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families. Their staff includes speech pathologists, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, early childhood intervention teacher, family worker and psychologist. Their approach involves working with each family to develop an individual plan for their child.

The services are delivered by professionals within a positive, fun, caring environment. Parents and carers are provided with ongoing support and resources in order to educate, and nurture the well-being of children and families within our local community.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Bridges for Learning has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their clients.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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St Catherine’s School and BOF

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

St Catherine’s School and The Best of Friends Program

We are proud to announce the St Catherine’s School in Waverley has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016 at the Junior School.

Their enrolment sets a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About St Catherine’s School

St Catherine’s is the oldest independent Anglican girl’s school in Australia. St Catherine’s School was founded in 1856 by Mrs Jane Barker.

St Catherine’s is an innovative school and are Australian leaders in positive psychology and ICT in education. The School offers many opportunities in sport, music and the arts and our staff carefully guide and support students through her studies and encourage them to find an interest they will pursue with passion.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology, St Catherine’s school has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus, diligence and commitment the Learning Enrichment team demonstrated during our visit.

The Learning Enrichment team aims for inclusion for all girls, and Learning Enrichment programs are provided as in-class support and small group instruction. The Junior school is closely monitored from Kindergarten to Year 6 to make sure they are on track academically and with sound social and emotional skills.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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