Creating a Safe and Caring Environment

As you know, St Thomas’ is committed to creating a safe and caring environment for your child. We want to ensure that our students are set up for success and that our school culture is one that is rooted in respect and kindness.

On that note, we will again be implementing the internationally recognised program with our students, Friendology 101 by URSTRONG starting in term 3. This wellbeing program empowers children with the skills, language, and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier friendships.  Through a series of 8 sessions, the students will learn language to better express their feelings, stand up for themselves, and put out Friendship Fires® (URSTRONG’s term for conflict). A key element of Friendology 101 is teaching students the difference between normal conflict and bullying. We strongly believe this program’s focus on teaching the skills to develop healthy relationships, starting at a young age, is the preventative approach and, ultimately, the solution to this bullying epidemic. Friendology 101 also helps students and teachers establish a common language so that they can co-identify social issues and learn to better communicate solutions.

We are excited to watch our students strengthen their social skills by becoming more resilient, empowered, and empathetic friends. For more information about the program, please visit www.urstrong.com.

Thank you for your continued support at home. I would encourage you to discuss this with your child. I have included two of the posters to support your conversations. As you know, my door is always open and please be in touch if you have any questions.

Peta Herschderfer, Assistant Principal