Wellbeing and Engagement Programs
At Canadian Lead our wellbeing initiatives include a range of positive strategies and programs for our students. These include the following core social and emotional preventative initiatives;
CAST – Cool At School Together
The CAST (Cool at School Together) is a social skills program, each running with 4-6 students for eight weeks, several times per year on a needs basis. CAST teaches children emotion (including anxiety and anger) and social skills.
Seasons for Growth
Seasons for Growth is a program for children, young people or adults who have experienced significant change or loss.
Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. We examine the impact of changes such as death, separation, divorce, and natural disaster upon our lives, and explore how we can learn to live with and grow from these experiences.
The core intentions of this program are the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing. The program is educational in nature and does not provide therapy using the imagery of the four seasons to illustrate that grief is cyclical, not a linear journey with a clear end.
Drumbeat – Building Resilience through Rhythm
For centuries, ancient cultures have used hand drumming to bring people together. Drawing on this wisdom and in collaboration with Aboriginal people and the community, the team at Holyoake developed the DRUMBEAT program in 2003.
DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others. The brand name DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts.
Each DRUMBEAT session focuses on different relationship themes such as identity and social responsibility, values, dealing with emotions, peer pressure, harmony, communication and teamwork. If desired, the program may conclude with a performance which gives participants an opportunity to share their progress with family, friends and other respected people in their lives.