The Resilience Project aims to teach positive mental health strategies, through practising Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, which leads to a happier more fulfilling life.
- GRATITUDE – the ability to pay attention to the things we have, without bemoaning the things we don’t have.
- EMPATHY – Our ability to place ourselves in someone else’s shoes, to feel what they are feeling. We teach much of this through Kindness.
- MINDFULNESS – Our ability to shut off distractive thoughts to pay attention to the present moment.
· 1 in 7 primary schools kids have a mental illness
· 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
· 1 in 3 girls suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 1 in 5 boys.
· 65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness
One of the key projects we are introducing to our school in 2019 is The Resilience Project. We strongly believe that RESILIENCE is an important quality which all students need to develop and practise. So far the staff have attended an information session on The Resilience Project and in March the Year 7 and 8 students also attended a presentation. Now we would like to share THE RESILIENCE PROJECT with parents. There will be an information night on Monday April 29th from 7 to 8.30pm. We hope to see as may parents as possible attend. It will be in the Year 7 centre. The presenter will be Martin Heppell.
Martin Heppell, Partner/Facilitator
Martin’s background is unique. He spent a considerable amount of time growing up in Borneo (whilst his father studied an Iban Dayak headhunting tribe). He was also educated in different parts of South East Asia. He is heavily influenced by the morals and values that he and his family were surrounded by whilst living with the Iban.
After finishing high school in Melbourne, Martin spent 3 years in the AFL system, playing AFL football for St Kilda and Melbourne and then for Norwood in the SANFL. Subsequent years were then spent travelling the world backpacking for nearly 3 years, and upon return to Australia, Martin studied primary teaching.
After completing his degree at Melbourne University, he commenced teaching at Auburn Primary. After 4 years, he was appointed as the Assistant Principal at Auburn Primary where he held that role for another 4 years – focusing on student well-being, educational leadership and cultural change.
He has also coached AFL football at the Box Hill Hawks, and as First XVIII coach at both Carey Grammar and Xavier College. In all environments, he has thrived in situations that have presented challenges and have required optimism. He is passionate about children being given the opportunity to be raised in a positive manner that evokes confidence and a zest for life.