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Friends’ Club at Newmarket State School

The Pathways “Friends for Life” program is a wellbeing program recognised by the World Health Organisation.  The program, developed by world renowned child psychologist Professor Paula Barrett, is designed for children aged 8 to 11 years and aims to:
  • increase social-emotional competence and resilience and decrease and prevent worry and emotional distress
  • teach cognitive behavioural strategies which support social and emotional learning

  • involve children, their family/extended family and teachers/group facilitators in an intervention process.

At Newmarket State School, the “Friends for Life” program is offered over 10 consecutive weeks to students in Years 3 to 5 as part of a lunchtime club.  Students who participate in Friends’ Club receive a Pathways activity book that incorporates enjoyable and practical family activities.  These home activities are an important part of this program.  The Pathways program supports and extends aspects of Newmarket State School’s "You Can Do It" program.

The Friends acronym is a helpful summary of key messages:

F = Feelings. We all have feelings.

R = Remember to relax. It is important to have quiet time.

I = I can do it! I can try my best!

E = Explore solutions and coping step plans.

N = Now reward yourself! You’ve done your best!

D = Do it every day!

S = Smile! Stay calm and talk to your support networks!