Supporting our community with new wellbeing partnership

In 2022 Trinity College has partnered with The Resilience Project to teach our students and their families how they can practice Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness in their day-to-day lives, and how these practices can help lead to greater happiness.

Back in 2009, a 28 year-old school teacher from Melbourne travelled to India for some volunteer work at a school for underprivileged children. The small northern village he visited had no electricity, no running water, and no beds to sleep on in the mud huts the locals called home. That school teacher was named Hugh van Cuylenberg, and his experience in India was the catalyst for the development of The Resilience Project (TRP) - a new wellbeing program that has been introduced across Years 7–10 at Trinity College in 2022. 

With research now showing that 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness, as a school and community it is important that we continue to help our students improve their mental health and find ways to equip them with the knowledge and tools to work their way through the challenges they face. 

The Resilience Project focuses on educating young people on the three GEM principles - Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness plus Emotional Literacy. Each year group has 50 x 20 minute lessons that focus on one of these core principles and involve practical activities, educational and entertaining videos, and small-group and whole-class discussions. The lessons are complemented by a student workbook to help guide their discussions and understanding, and also involve at-home activities to help them extend the conversations with their families. 

A PROGRAM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

One of the many great aspects of The Resilience Project's education program, is that it not only supports our students and helps to develop them into compassionate, thankful, and respectful young men but it also helps support mental health across the classroom, staffroom and family home. 

With access to a Parent and Carer Hub, as well as TRP@Home activities which complement the work that the students are doing in class, there are plenty of activities to help educate families on how they can practice the GEM principles in and around the home and further support our students.

Activities may include doing activities to help grow family connections such as organising a family games night or just the simple one of having dinner together at the table.  There are plenty to do and we encourage all families to get involved.

Parents of students in Years 7-10 may have also noticed the odd newsletter or At-Home activity pop up in their email inbox this year. Our goal is to share these activities and GEM Talk tips and tricks to help our TC families develop a keener sense of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness which can ultimately lead to more sustainable feelings of genuine happiness.

WHAT'S NEXT?

With the program already proving to have a positive effect on our Secondary School students, we look forward to expanding it into the Junior School in 2023

MORE INFORMATION ON TRP

To learn more about The Resilience Project, check out our TRP page on the College website, or go to https://theresilienceproject.com.au/

Founder Hugh van Cuylenberg has also published two books, The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, and Let Go and he will be visiting Perth in September. You can purchase tickets here .