Incredible stories from the real world
Kelly’s son, was involved in Growing With Gratitude at his school, in Adelaide, South Australia. Here is her story…
“We had a family friend who sadly committed suicide, due to depression. My 9 year old son asked me – will I get depressed Mum? After a pause. He answered his own question – Don’t worry Mum, I know I’ll be fine because I am a Well-being Warrior.” (A Well-being Warrior is one of the Growing With Gratitude habits)
Parent, South Australia
“The Growing With Gratitude Program empower’s primary-school aged children with valuable tools and skills to help them lead healthy, successful and productive lives.
This contributes to the Education Department’s Wellbeing for Learning and Life Framework, which supports students to be more resilient and engage in positive experiences, form stronger friendships, be more optimistic and show increased self-esteem.”
Minister for Education
“The Adelaide Football Club community team has been taking the Growing with Gratitude program to schools across South Australia since 2015. The program centres on the ‘Five Habits of Happiness’ through both verbal and physical activities that are engaging for school children. Through our Growing with Gratitude program we are determined to provide as many South Australian children as possible with the tools and skills they need to lead healthy, successful and productive lives. We have found this program to be impactful in schools and loved by teachers across the State and are proud to deliver it in partnership with Ashley Manuel and the Growing with Gratitude team.”
Adelaide Football Club, CEO
“It’s my pleasure to use the Growing With Gratitude program. The children truly enjoyed having discussions on the activities. They have become more aware of every tiny bit of happiness. They are grateful for those moments. They started to appreciate their friendship. The wheel got them excited too. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful program.”
Centre Manager, The Learning Castle Enrichment Hub
“Mt. Tarcoola Primary School absolutely love Growing with Gratitude. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude changes the whole feel of our classrooms. It is amazing to witness how gratitude can transform a challenging day into a much calmer one.”.
Teacher, Mt. Tarcoola Primary School
“With our Growing With Gratitude practice I have learnt before you judge someone put yourself in the other persons shoes.”
Year 4, Black Forest Primary School
“The 5 habits of happiness tie in really nicely with what we are focusing on in the classroom, with being aware of the kindness of others, taking the time to appreciate what we have and making a conscious effort to be helpful and considerate of people around us.It’s so important to make the time for talking about and practicing these habits and I’m grateful that the class has been given this opportunity”.
Teacher, Colonel Light Gardens Primary School
“Through Growing With Gratitude I have learnt the importance of being grateful and how it can help you through situations where we feel hurt. ”
Year 7, Sunrise Christian School, Fullarton
“Growing With Gratitude has taught me that forgiveness is important and that we need to consider the feelings of others instead of just our own”.
Year 7, Sunrise Christian School, Fullarton.
“I learnt that it’s important to look at things from other peoples perspectives and I also learnt that it’s important to be grateful for little things that not everyone might have.”
Year 7, Westbourne Park Primary School
“Growing With Gratitude has helped me to look at the positives in a bad situation and that forgiving someone can help you grow”.
Year 6, Westbourne Park Primary School.
GWG Multi-Sports – For 3 – 5 YO’s
“Growing With Gratitude Multi-Sports was so much more holistic to any other sports program we’ve done. The movement and skills component was high quality and my son enjoyed this greatly. But, the opportunity for positive reflection, practising kindness and gratitude was so beneficial in initiating some thought practices, which will hopefully continue. Highly recommend!
Parent of Charlie
GWG Multi-Sports – For 3 – 5 YO’s
“My son loves GWG Multi-sports. The team do a great job engaging the kids. We are most impressed with the gratitude, kindness & positive reflection included in the sessions. My son for the first time is starting to say thank you’s for the things we do around the house for him. Along with learning sports skills, it’s a great program. Highly recommend”.
Parent of Spencer
“The Lads” Event – For 8 – 11 YO Boys
“As a mum of a boy who attended “The Lads” the immediate response has been amazing, asking to help out all afternoon and willing to help when asked…I am so grateful to all involved!! All I have to do now is learn from Isaac and start it all in our home!!!”
“The Lads” Event – For 8 – 11 YO Boys
“Thanks for a great day. Callum has a great time and shared all he learnt today with both my husband and I. A very worthwhile session 👍🏼👍🏼😊😊😊 Highly recommended”.
“Growing With Gratitude Sports has been a welcomed edition to our junior club development program. Initially we wanted to add more support for our junior members however, it grew into so much more. Our coaching and volunteer groups have gained enormously from this initiative that builds another level of communication and connection between our members that has been as simple as asking “what was your favourite part of todays training?”. Life continues to increase in pace and these activities allow us to stop, consider our fortune and act to influence positively on others. We are thankful to be working with Growing With Gratitude Sports.”
President, SMOSH Westlakes Junior Football Club
“We love GWG. The opportunity to talk about tools on a regular basis is making a difference to the children in our community. It’s strange how we think that doing something like this once would work, when nothing else in education is taught once and assumed to be mastered. The more we read and understand people and children, the more we see the need to practice, repeat and have another go–especially in the good times.”
Deputy Head of Junior campus P-6,
Prince of Peace Lutheran College
“We are loving the Growing With Gratitude program in our Reception class. I am teaching a lesson a week, then we use that topic for sharing time the following week. Children are also taking the lesson home and discussing it with their families. It’s also a lovely way to start our day every morning. Thank you so much for a wonderful program.”
Teacher Reception / Prep, Gawler East Primary School
“We’ve taken on the Growing With Gratitude Sports Program for 2 reasons. We’ve recently started junior development academy to develop our players on field, but we feel it’s really important to develop the best possible people as well throughout the club and community, It’s as simple as that. We felt that the Growing With Gratitude Sports Program is the best fit for us.”
Director of Football, Nairne Bremer United Football Club
We use the langugage of the habits of happiness across the school and to undertake regular positive reflection. Staff love its simplicity, 5 minutes 3-5 times a week.
Deputy Head of Junior School
St. John’s Grammar School
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Helen – Pennington Primary School
“I can’t believe the change in my son. He has started to do things around the house without being told and he shows greater appreciation by using a lot more thank you’s!”
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