Second Step Outdoors…

Second Step is an evidence based social and emotional learning program that aims to provide students with skills for learning, emotion management, empathy and peaceful problem solving.  Designed as a classroom based curriculum, Second Step is now ‘Stepping Outside’. With an ‘Outdoor Narrative Therapy’ framework designed to provide opportunities for students challenged with in class learning environment.

The unique approach of this program is to use outdoor physical activities, circus play and art therapy to encourages students to ‘step out’ of their comfort zone, rewrite parts of their life stories and discover personal learning styles. Second Step Outdoors provides students with techniques and strategies to practice when feeling strong emotions such as frustration and disappointment and to equip students with a variety of workable tools for their tool belt!

Second Stepping Outside modules cover the following topics with an outdoor narrative practice basis.

  • Empathy & Respect – These modules aim to address students listening skills, being assertive, predicting feelings, accepting differences, disagreeing respectfully and responding with compassion. Students will show improvements in cooperation with others in class, during team activities and playground participation time through developing their own self awareness and social skills.
  • Emotion Management – Students are encouraged to identify strong emotions and name their feelings. Understand and implement calming down techniques to improve social skills and classroom learning. To support students to manage emotions such as frustration, overwhelm, anxiety etc. and avoid negative behavior while choosing positive and responsible decision making.
  • Problem Solving – Modules encourage students to identify problems without blame, break them down to manageable steps and provide positive solutions. To identify consequences and formulate a successful plan in a team environment.
  • Children will be empowered and show improvements in resilience, self–esteem and emotional skills such as coping with stress and worry, decreases in antisocial behaviour, increases in levels of cooperation, recognising and regulating emotions in self and others, positive thinking, problem solving and relaxation.
Session Overview:
  • Sessions run for 45mins to an hour – dependent on student’s age (for example Grade 3 students enjoy 45 minute sessions. Grades 4 – 6 students enjoy 1 hour session
  • One Session per week
  • 5 consecutive weeks
  • 1 follow up session
  • 8 – 10 participants per same age / year level group – a minimum of 8 participants is highly recommended

This includes 2 professional facilitators, evidence based program and constructive feedback on students participation.

Facilitators conduct a series of activities to promote frustration in order to observe students behavior patterns. Practical solutions are then provided to benefit and promote students in school learning, friendship making and social and emotional skills. Our role is to observe and report to teachers our findings on what may benefit students on their school learning journey.

The Oxenford & Coomera Community Youth Centre provides an abundance of support for the Second Step Outdoors Program. With a team of professional Counselors and Psychologist on hand to provide support and knowledge to equip facilitators with adequate tools to promote the social and emotional skills of participating students

Moving on Up: Making a successful transition to high school

A 1-Day Workshop for Parents and 10-12 year old Children
September ??? 2020
Tallebudgera Outdoor & Environmental Education Centre
Currumbin Valley Campus

The transition from primary to high school is of great significance for young people and their families. It also coincides with the transition from childhood to adolescence. It’s a time of huge physical, social, emotional and intellectual changes.

Managed well, young people can become excited about these changes instead of anxious. This important life transition can become a milestone of celebration and growth.

The Oxenford-Coomera Community Youth Centre in collaboration with the Tallebudgera Outdoor & Environmental Education Centre (Currumbin Valley campus) is pleased to host an exciting 1-Day Workshop for Parents and their 10-12 year old Children during the September 2020 school holidays.

This engaging experience includes hands-on activities that support young people and their families to explore and practice:

  • Personal leadership and responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Clear and compassionate communication
  • Different ways of thinking
  • Mindfulness
  • Managing anxiety and frustration
  • Establishing and maintaining friendships
  • Perseverance and resilience
  • Finding focus, clarity and a calm mind
  • Conflict management
  • Strength of character
  • Managing embarrassment
  • Creativity and fun

The workshop is run by three experienced and qualified facilitators who are all trained in Rites of Passage facilitation by the Rites of Passage Institute Australia):

Cindy Woods: Second Step and Get Real facilitator with primary schools

Bryce ???: Qualified teacher and member of the Tally OEEC staff; specialist storyteller with indigenous and earth focus

Sally MacKinnon: Qualified teacher; QiGong and Yoga Instructor

During the workshop each participant will create their own toolbox of skills, behaviours and attitudes to support their transition to high school. A Moving on Up information and activities booklet is also included for parents and children.

Activities are based on the Rites of Passage Institute’s framework; the Second Step Year 6 program; and Tallebudgera’s cultural and environmental heritage program.

Activities include: storytelling, group and individual reflection and sharing, practical scenarios, exploration of beliefs and values, crafting and weaving, mindful breathing and movement (the Inner Ninja).

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included.

Online follow up by the facilitators is integral to this program.

Our aim is to support and prepare young people and their families for the transition to high school, increased independence and personal growth in empowering, hands-on and engaging ways.

To book:

Cost: $65 per person all inclusive

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