Throughout 2015, our In-School Training team were privileged to facilitate a full year pathway program at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosa called Thrive.
The new pathway program was developed in partnership with Heads of College, Karen Lunn and Matthew Qualischefski and College Principal, Anthony Dyer. Each grade from years 8-12 were invited to participate in two days (total) of In-School Training throughout the year with the view to create and sustain positive whole school culture, build healthy and resilient young people and enable students the opportunity to connect and restore broken relationships.
Thrive was a great success with students reporting that these restorative programs were a highlight of the year because they enjoyed how the programs facilitated a better understanding of their peers and stronger, more supportive relationships. Teaching staff have also reported that the programs have led to a noticeable change amongst the students and school culture.
As a training team we've enjoyed the opportunity to build a strong connection with the Good Shepherd students and teachers. It was particularly clear to us that young people have enjoyed their experience and the relationships they were building with our team when on our final training days at the Good Shepherd Lutheran College in term 4 we saw several students from different friendship groups coming back during their lunch break to hang out with us in the school Chapel instead of spending time in their peer groups during their break time!
We are indeed privileged to partner with Colleges to enable the emotional and social growth of young people and excited to continue developing this pathway program to achieve even greater outcomes for students in Lutheran Colleges across QLD!