Bounce Back Whole School program Term 1 2017

Attached is our whole school term one planner for our Bounce Back curriculum. You can read a summary of each weeks lesson across the year levels. Bounce Back is an evidence based wellbeing and resilience program. Each week every year level has a focus linked to a story and discussion to support students to build strong social and emotional skills.


2017 planner (Whole school)TERM 1

Social skills for children by Michael Grose

Social skills for children


By Michael Grose


Here are 7 important social skills to help children to develop:


  1. Ask for what you want

Help children ask for what they want. It means they don’t throw tantrums, whinge, and sulk or expect parents to guess what’s on their minds. While we need to be patient with toddlers, we need also to give older children the chance and opportunity to ask for what they want. Sometimes we need to ignore shrugs and grunts and expect them to articulate their wishes. This is the basis of civil behaviour, as well as a basic human skill.


  1. Good manners

Teach kids good manners, in particular the three ‘power words’. These words are very persuasive because they have a way of breaking down barriers and people’s defences. These three words are: your name; please; thanks. These terms are the basis of good manners, and, when used, will increase the likelihood of getting what you want.


  1. Sharing

Sharing is a basic social skill. Developmentally, very young children like to keep their possessions themselves. As they get older and move into Pre School and beyond the notion of sharing becomes a pre-requisite for playing with and forming relationships with others.  Other children like to play and be with those who share their time, possessions and space with them. Sharing is the start of empathy as it shows sensitivity to other people’s feelings.


  1. Holding a conversation

Holding conversations with others is a lifetime friendship skill. Conversations require self-disclosure, which can be challenging for some children. Good conversationalists give of themselves, but also take an interest in the person they are talking to. Many children forget that good conversations are two-way events, and tend to focus solely on themselves.


  1. Winning and losing well

Kids need to learn to win without rubbing others noses in it, and lose gracefully without throwing tantrums and making excuses. Wanting to win is natural, but they need to do so in a way that they maintain a relationship with other players so they will play again. Losing may make kids feel bad, but kids need to control their negative feelings so that others will play with them again.


  1. Approaching and joining a group

The ability to approach strangers in social situations is valuable skill that opens up many doors, both friendship–wise and business-wise. These skills can be learned and practised during childhood, so that it becomes second nature in adulthood.


  1. Handling fights and disagreements

Disagreements happen in families and among friends. The key is to make sure disagreements don’t lead to the breakdown of friendships. It’s important to get across to kids that having an argument or disagreement doesn’t mean that a friendship is over. Strong friendships, like strong family relationships, withstand disagreements. In fact, they only serve to strengthen friendships.


Michael Grose Director Parentingideas 2016

Positive mental health for parents and carers


What does it mean for parents and carers to look after themselves?

Looking after parents’ and carers’ mental and physical health is just as important as looking after children’s. Some ways parents and carers can look after themselves can be to eat well, exercise regularly and have positive relationships.

Why is it important for children that parents and carers to look after themselves?

When parents and carers are supported to look after themselves (link to ‘Supporting parents and carers to looks after themselves’), they are more likely to feel good. This means they are more able to provide their children with the best care possible. Being healthy helps parents and carers relate to and make good decisions for their children. This promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in children and allows families to enjoy time together.

Children’s mental health and wellbeing is promoted when parents and carers look after themselves.

Social and emotional learning: suggestions for families


Parents and carers have a critical role to play in guiding and supporting children’s social and emotional learning. Social and emotional skills develop with practice. Everyday situations present lots of opportunities for children to learn and practise skills for coping with emotions, managing relationships and solving problems. You can help children build the skills they need by providing effective coaching.

Tee-Ball team Top the Division

On Monday, Hillsmeade played against Lyndhurst Primary School in the Tee Ball Division Finals.  Lyndhurst displayed some great skills and provided some strong competition, but in the end, Hillsmeade’s commitment during training paid off and won 31 runs to 3.

Mixed Netball and AFL teams off to the Regional Finals

Last Monday 18th July, Hillsmeade’s grade 5/6 football team travelled to Lynbrook Primary School. It was a very windy match that saw the students coming away with a close win of only 2 points. We congratulate the team in moving forward to the Regional Finals in the coming weeks.

On Friday 15th July, the mixed netball team played its Divisional final against Coral Park. It was a great game with the final score being 35-7.

Bounce Back Term 3

Bounce Back Term 3 Whole School Planner

Week Unit Focus (Kinder – Grade 2) Focus (Grade 3 – Grade 4) Focus (Grade 5 – grade 6)
Week 1



Emotions Feelings are necessary, even the unpleasant ones Feelings are necessary, even the unpleasant ones Everyone has feelings, they are necessary in your life, even the unpleasant ones
Week 2



Emotions Feelings happen inside our body too Feelings change a lot Mixed Feelings
Week 3


Emotions How angry do you feel? Understanding angry feelings Anger
Week 4



Emotions Don’t be a worry bee Managing worries and feeling anxious Feeling worried or nervous
Week 5



Relationships Getting to know others Getting along with others Getting along with others
Week 6



Relationships It is important to listen well when people talk to you Being a good listener Listening and communication skills
Week 7



Relationships Apologising and being friends again Saying sorry Managing disagreement
Week 8



No Bullying What is bullying? What is bullying? What is bullying?
Week 9



No Bullying Put downs can lead to bullying or be part of bullying Put downs Put downs
Week 10


No Bullying What can you do if you are bullied? What can we do about bullying? Responding to being bullied