The URSTRONG Program - Glasshouse Christian College

The URSTRONG Program

  • October 12, 2023

The URSTRONG Program

URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. This year we have been trialing this program in Year 3 and filtering the language into conversation with students. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School and are committed to empowering your children with friendship skills.

The program aims to empower kids with friendship skills to create communities of kindness in schools.  Relationships are the heart of social-emotional well-being!  URSTRONG gives kids skills, language, and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. Using a kid-friendly approach, educators and parents learn a simple framework to support and coach kids towards positive relationships. Explicitly teaching children how to develop healthy friendships and manage conflicts in a respectful way is the key to bullying prevention and creating safe, caring learning environments, inspiring kinder, happier children.

The following posters are used as visual aids to help students learn the skills.  They will be displayed in classrooms and offices around the Primary School.

  • 4 Friendships Facts
  • The Friend-O-Meter
  • The Friend-O-Cycle
  • Friendship Fire vs Mean on Purpose

In 2024, you will see more information about this program and how to use the language with your family to help students build and keep good friendships. There will be online resources, a workshop for parents and students to attend, and also tips and articles shared via the newsletter and Gateway.  Our hope is that this program will equip our students to be happy as we are built for relationships with each other.

Sarah Leary, Assistant Head of Primary (P-2)

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