Empowering Kids. Connecting Families. Promoting Positive Mental Health

Get GRIT Program 

Studio Classes

Kids now, more than ever, need GRIT.


Get GRIT empowers kids with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive well-being. The program teaches children to; develop a growth mindset, enjoy healthy and positive relationships, manage their emotions, be resilient, persistent, tackle life's challenges with grit and to reach their true potential.

   ENROL NOW Term 2

Term 2 2021 - St Joseph's Bardon (41 The Drive, Bardon)

Dates: Sunday 16th May, Sunday 23rd May, Sunday 30th May, Sunday 6th June, Sunday 13th June

Lower Primary (5-8 years)

9-11 am (2 positions available)

11-1 pm (4 positions available)

Upper Primary (9-12 years)

9-11 am (4 positions available)

11-1pm (4 positions available)

Teachers: Kate McPhee, Nicole Sawazki

We can help your child if they are experiencing:

  • Anxiety

  • Difficulties understanding and managing emotions

  • Low self-esteem and confidence

  • Negative self-talk

  • Fixed mindset

  • Difficulties with social skills

  • Difficulties making and keeping friends

  • Dealing with grief, loss or trauma (including parent separation)

  • Low self-efficacy

Program overview

​​Emotional Development: Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Lesson 1: You Are Unique 

Identifying and Recognising Emotions

  • ​Identify personal qualities

  • Appreciate diversity

  • Recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others

  • Identify emotions in themselves and others

  • Recognise the body’s reaction to feelings: body cues

  • Understand how and when to assist others (empathy development)


Lesson 2: Take Control

Regulating and Managing Anger

  • Recognise the body’s clues or warning signs of anger

  • Learn the science behind anger

  • Understand emotions range in intensity (Emotional Thermometer)

  • Identify appropriate strategies to manage anger (High Five Choices)

  • Identify triggers

  • Practise strategies to manage anger


Lesson 3: Catch Your Thoughts

Our Internal Dialogue

  • ​Distinguish the difference between thoughts and feelings

  • Link thoughts to feelings

  • Identify positive 'I Can' thoughts and negative 'I Can’t' thoughts

  • Recognise how two people can have different thoughts about the same situation

  • Understand the power of our internal dialogue


Lesson 4: Change Your Mindset

Power of the Mind

  • Recognise how our thoughts influence our feelings

  • Recognise how our feelings influence our behaviour

  • How to change negative thoughts to positive thoughts

  • Build resilience with your mindset


Lesson 5: The Power of Yet

Growth Mindset

  • Understand the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset

  • Explore the power of yet by changing I Can’t thoughts to I Can’t Yet

  • How to overcome obstacles and frustrations

  • I Can’t Yet Goal setting

Lesson 6:  Worry Bullies

Managing Anxiety

  • ​Recognise physiological signs and symptoms of anxiety

  • Understand how the brain responds to fear and anxiety

  • Understand the three aspects of anxiety

  • Learn four steps to manage anxiety


Social Development: Social-Awareness and Social-Management


Lesson 7: Mission Friendship

Establishing and Building Positive Relationships

  • Understand the importance of having good friends

  • Explore the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships

  • Learn how to initiate play


Lesson 8: Working Together

Maintaining Friendships and Working Collaboratively

  • Getting along skills (sharing, turn taking, winning and losing, accepting others, sharing conversation)

  • How to maintain friendships

  • How to communicate effectively

  • Winning and losing gracefully

  • Recognise the importance of being honest

  • Explore strategies to deal with difficult situations in friendships


Lesson 9: How to Fix a Wrinkled Heart

Negotiating and Resolving Conflict

  • Identify helpful and unhelpful ways to resolve conflict

  • Make positive and responsible decisions

  • Identify 5 ways to negotiate and resolve conflict

  • ​Learn how to use 'I messages' and practise reflective listening

Lesson 10: Kindness Matters

Responding to Bullying and Bucket Filling

  • Learn the difference between bullying and teasing

  • Learn how to respond to bullies

  • Learn the difference between reporting and tattling and the importance of reporting bullying behaviour

  • Practise giving and receiving compliments


The Get GRIT Program explicitly teaches these skills through stories, games, craft activities and group discussions. 

Age-appropriate Groups

Get GRIT offers two programs to children in primary school.  Each program is developmentally sensitive, similar in content but with age appropriate activities and techniques.  The Lower Primary Program is suitable for children aged 5-8 years.  The Upper Primary Program is offered to children aged 9-12 years.


Our programs are for children only.  Parents are not allowed to stay for the group sessions.  This is to ensure a safe and private environment for participants.  

Get GRIT Journal


  • Key to the program is Get GRIT's self-guided journal.

  • Each child who participates in the program will receive a copy of the journal. 

  • The journal plays a very important role in the program.  Each week your child’s GRIT teacher will teach the key concepts and skills in each chapter.

  • The children are encouraged to continue working through each chapter with their journal mate (parent or member of their family).

  • The journal provides reflection and rehearsal of skills outside of the group sessions and also encourages children to connect with their families and share their learning.  Success of early intervention programs require parent support to reinforce the newly learned skills and to provide opportunities to practise these skills. 

  • The program not only teaches invaluable life skills to your child but also builds parent capacity to support your child’s emotional health and well-being. The program empowers kids and their parents with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive well-being.

Program Cost


The cost of the program is $495, which includes:

  • 5 sessions (2 hour sessions)

  • Get GRIT Journal 

  • Weekly/Daily email updates with key concepts taught and additional activities to encourage discussion at home.

**Feedback reports are available on request for an additional $75 (written or over the phone)

Finding the right fit.


To participate in our workshops, we ask participants to:

  1. Be able to concentrate and engage in activities for up to two hours with regular breaks

  2. Be respectful and behave consistently with a school setting



If you are unsure if your child is suitable for this workshop, please contact us before booking.

Get GRIT 2021 Timetable

Term 2  2021 (St Joseph's Bardon)

Sunday May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th, June 13th

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 9-11 am

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 11-1 pm

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 9-11 am

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 11-1 pm


July School Holidays (St Joseph's Bardon)

Monday July 5th - July 8th

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 9-11 am

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 11-1 pm

Term 3 2021 (St Joseph's Bardon)

Sunday August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd, August 29th

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 9-11 am

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 11-1 pm

September School Holidays (St Joseph's Bardon)

Monday September 20th - September 24th 

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 9-11 am

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 11-1 pm

Term 4 2021 (St Joseph's Bardon)

Sunday October 10th, October 17th, October 24th, October 31st, November 7th

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 9-11 am

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 11-1 pm

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