Friendology 101

At St Thomas’, we are committed to creating a safe and positive school culture for our students. This year, we are excited to be adding to our school wide 'toolkit' of resources by implementing an internationally recognised program, Friendology 101 by URSTRONG. This wellbeing program aims to empower children with the skills, language, and self- confidence to be better friends and develop healthier friendships. Friendology 101 will also provide us all with a consistent common language to use as we co-identify social issues and learning to better communicate solutions.

Through a series of 8 age appropriate sessions , our students will learn language to:

  • better express their feelings,
  • stand up for themselves,
  • put out Friendship Fires® (URSTRONG’s term for conflict).
  • know the difference between normal conflict and 'mean on purpose' behaviour (URSTRONG's term for bullying)

For more information about the program, a detailed Pa​rent Information Letter is available via the Parent Portal. Parents may also wish to visit www.urstrong.com for some further reading (I highly recommend viewing the 4 minute video for parents).

I also take this opportunity to once again promote the Bullying No Way! program that our school participates in each year. This year, we will link the key messages from Friendology directly with the Bullying No Way focus. As a school, we will celebrate the Bullying No Way day on Wednesday 17th March (Week 9). Students will be encouraged to wear a 'splash' of ORANGE on the day as a show of support, and our Year 5 students will lead our whole school Celebration of Faith and Learning Assembly with this focus. St Thomas' was one of 5 schools across the country selected to receive $800 worth of Bullying No Way merchandise! We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of these resources via post!