There are so many topics we can explore in a school setting that deeply foster the wellbeing of students and the group environment:
Emotional and social wellbeing
Body image related topics
The menstrual cycle and menstrual wellbeing
Intimacy and healthy boundaries
One-day program for the whole class
Karin Lucia Gisler offers a 1-day coming of age program for year 4, 5 & 6 kids at Primary Schools and for year 7, 8 & 9 teens at High Schools.
During puberty and adolescence, our children are going through significant physical, emotional, and hormonal changes. This can be an overwhelming and challenging time for them (and for their parents). We want to bring awareness to what is happening during this time, give the participants some great tools to deal with the transformational changes present, and create a sense of excitement and celebration about this life stage.
What young people experience during this transformational time (adolescence) can greatly impact them and how they transition into the next stage of life: young adult and adulthood.
The program: Supporting students to make healthy choices throughout adolescence and later on in life. Celebrating our unique selves (our amazing bodies and who we are)!
We want our children to be inspired and have the best possible lives for themselves. We want them to be supported and guided to become healthy, informed, and confident adults.
The program's focus is addressing these changes in an age-appropriate way, helping to prepare the young people for what is to come and giving them information to make the transition smoother.
We share stories and use games and activities to make the program fun and dynamic.
We delivered this workshop previously at Main Arm Upper Public School and are excited to offer it again this year. The day program involves activities with boys and girls together, and then opportunities for the boys and girls to break off separately to do different exercises before coming back together at the end of the day.
This is a fun and experiential program!
Some main topics covered include:
Understanding the changes during puberty/adolescence
Explore fears and anxieties about growing up and ways to deal with them
Emotional 1st Aid ideas
Celebration of our unique self
Importance of friends and who to go to for support
With the girls separately, we also explore the following:
Hormonal, energetic and emotional changes throughout the menstrual cycle
Self-care during our period and our menstrual cycle
Information on menstrual supply
Understanding our cyclic nature
There will be an experienced male mentor present to take the boys on a separate session too, where they explore topics like:
How being a respectful thriving adult can look like
Hormonal, energetic, and emotional changes
And with the older boys:
How to deal with hormonal changes
Male privilege, etc.
In my experience as a mentor for girls, I have seen the many benefits of providing young girls with appropriate information and the positive impact this has on them, such as:
Confidence and excitement in becoming a woman
Self-acceptance, sense of belonging, and acceptance of others
Improvement of health and wellbeing by honouring our cyclic nature
Sense of celebration about who we are
The program is giving the participants an understanding that it is normal and perfectly OK for these changes to be occurring. We aim to provide them with a frame of reference and to identify support for themselves during this time.
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We celebrate diversity in all forms and support LGBTQI+ community!