Geraldton school program teaches kids resilience and art of friendship

Midwest Times
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Nagle Catholic College has started giving friendship lessons, to better help its younger students learn the art of making and breaking relationships.

Friendology is the school’s answer to teenage conflict and bullying, which can often force curriculum learning into the backseat and dominate a student’s life.

Throughout last term, Year 7 students participated in Friendology — where they learnt what to do and say when experiencing conflict and determine the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships.

Student director Rohan Fariss said the point was to make the College a more safe and caring place.

“This wellbeing program is designed to empower students with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier friendships,” he said.

“A key element of Friendology is teaching students the difference between normal conflict and bullying.

“Students have come to understand that friendships aren’t perfect and that it’s OK for friendships to be different and for them to change.”

According to the Australian Government, about one in four students between Year 4 and Year 9 report being bullied every few weeks.

In 85 per cent of bullying cases, others are watching.

The most common forms of bulling are hurtful teasing and people spreading lies and gossip.

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