Get GRIT Program





The Get GRIT Program, for children aged 5-12 years, empowers kids with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive wellbeing.  The program uses evidence-based practices to teach your child how to master the skills needed to thrive, both now and for the rest of their lives.

‚ÄčGet GRIT teaches children how to:

  • Manage their emotions,

  • Enjoy healthy and positive relationships,

  • Develop a growth mindset,¬†

  • Be resilient,

  • Persistent,

  • Optimistic,

  • Tackle life's challenges with grit and

  • ¬†Reach their true potential. ¬†

The word ‚Äėgrit‚Äô is often used to describe resilience, perseverance and determination.¬† Get GRIT aims to develop grit and much more. GRIT is an acronym for¬†Getting Along,¬†Resilient Thinking,¬†Identifying Emotions and¬†Taking Responsibility. The four elements in the Get GRIT Program will teach your child the most important skills in life.

Getting Along

This element involves children learning the skills to get along with other people and better understand relationships.  By building positive relationships with others, children will be happier and more fulfilled and feel more supported and connected. 

Children will learn how to:

  • Establish and build positive relationships

  • Maintain friendships

  • Work collaboratively

  • Negotiate and resolve conflict

  • Be assertive

Resilient Thinking

This element involves children learning the skills to persevere in the face of setbacks and frustrations, to be grittier, more positive and optimistic.  Children are taught resilient thinking skills to reduce stress, anxiety and negative thinking. Training children to be aware of their internal dialogue and their thinking patterns fosters resilience by helping them to better manage life’s inevitable disappointments.

Children will learn how to:

  • Persevere to overcome frustrations

  • Bounce back from adversities

  • Build resilient thinking skills

  • Change negative thoughts to positive thoughts

Identifying Emotions

This element involves children developing awareness of their own emotions and others.  Self-awareness, the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, is the ability to recognise emotions and their impact on both yourself and others. Empathy builds on self-awareness and is a fundamental skill essential to successful relationships and interactions. 

 Children will learn how to:

  • Recognise emotions

  • Regulate and manage emotional responses

  • Recognise personal qualities and achievements

  • Manage anxiety and¬†anger

  • Understanding others' emotional states and needs (empathy)


Taking Responsibility

This element involves teaching children to take responsibility for their learning by developing a mindset of growth, persistence and optimism. Changing the way a child perceives their own abilities and potential can drastically improve their performance. Too often children live in the now rather than the yet and as a result they focus on their limitations rather than their potential.

Children will learn how to:

  • Develop a growth mindset

  • Make positive and responsible decisions

  • Develop self-discipline

  • Set goals

  • Take risks

Get GRIT Program

Group Classes

The Get GRIT Program is an evidence-based social skills and resilience program for children aged 5-12 years, designed to teach life skills that boost emotional resilience, social skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Since 2017, over 1000 kids from schools across South East Queensland have participated in the Get GRIT Program.

‚ÄčGet 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.¬†The Get GRIT Program explicitly teaches these skills through stories, games, craft activities and group discussions over five 2-hour sessions.

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.  The success of early intervention programs requires 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.

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. 

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

Enrol now for Term 3, 2024


Dates: Sunday, 21st, 28th July, 4th, 11th, 18th August 

‚ÄčLower Primary (5-8 years) 9 - 11 am BOOKED OUT

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

Venue: 23 Bowman Street, Hendra (OLHC School)

Cost: $595

By enrolling in the Get GRIT Program, you agree to our Terms and Conditions.


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Meet Our Teachers

Jessica Kearney

Bachelor of Education (Primary), Master of Education

An experienced teacher of over 15 years, Jessica has taught in primary schools both overseas and in Australia.  A mother of two young children, Jessica is passionate about mental health and the importance of teaching children how to foster good mental health habits to promote optimal growth and development.

Gabriella Smith

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Gabriella, a mother of twins and a passionate primary school and dance teacher began her career as a classroom teacher just over 10 years ago. Gabby is a mental health advocate, believing that mental health is important at every stage of life allowing us to be the best person we can be. Gabby is passionate about teaching children these vital life lessons.

Kylie Carney

Bachelor of Education (Primary), Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling), Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Kylie is an experienced teacher and mother of four. She is passionate about teaching children how to develop a positive growth mindset, how to build resilience and maintain a healthy mind and positive well-being.  Kylie believes these skills are imperative to prepare children of today for a world of change and opportunity.

I am a Kid with GRIT

I have a positive attitude and a growth mindset. I DREAM BIG.

I am persistent and resilient. I believe that challenges will make me smarter and that mistakes are proof that I am learning.

I am the boss of my thoughts and feelings. I manage my anger, frustrations and worries and bounce back.  

I catch unhelpful STOP thoughts and change them to helpful GO thoughts. 

I cooperate, collaborate to problem solve and talk it out with my friends. I play to WIN friendships. 

I am KIND to myself and to others. I am confident, courageous and brave.

I am a kid with GRIT.



I thought I would just touch base with you, a few months on from completing the Get Grit program with our daughter. We are working very slowly through the journal at home, taking our time and enjoying the moments this has given us with her.

We have both seen an incredible improvement in our daughter's emotive language, her choice of words around her feelings and thoughts and her ability to calm and soothe her worries with the techniques you have given her. She is approaching difficult situations with 'I can' thoughts which was one reason for seeking your program as she had approached many situations with a negative, worried or nervous attitude. 

We are truly grateful for your Get Grit Program and for the time that you gave to our daughter at the end of last year. The impact you have made on our little girl's life will be immeasurable! 

My 6 year old daughter was lucky enough to do the Get Grit course this year after I’d noticed her self talk had become slightly negative and her general resilience in school and with friends had lessened. I can not speak more highly of the course and the journal she received. We did the chapters of the journal together at dinner time as a family and included my 4 year old daughter in the conversations. There were so many gentle reminders for us as adults throughout the journal and my husband and I loved the conversations. Articulating emotions and normalising every emotion has been a gift for our family and improved our communication. The course itself was excellent and referring back to the journal in the months since has been very helpful. My daughter’s negative self talk and self confidence has improved significantly. I’m very grateful to Michele for developing such an important course that all kids would benefit from.

My son aged 8, was struggling with low self-esteem and his negative internal dialogue. Although he has always been a very likeable child and played well with others making friends quite easily, I had noticed the small negative remarks from some peers were influencing the view he had of himself in an awfully negative way. He was simply becoming more negative in all areas. My heart was breaking with statements from him such as ‚ÄúI‚Äôm no good at anything‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like myself, what‚Äôs there to like?‚ÄĚ I was becoming very concerned that the negative mindset he was struggling to see past, would soon become fixed. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt....yet‚ÄĚ is the most powerful change I have seen in his behaviour in the past 3 weeks since the course. I‚Äôve been able to remind him about the phrases he was taught and it very quickly becomes a positive shift in his overall behaviour. He has a workbook that he has since turned back to- coloured in and completed extra activities (all while reminding and refreshing the teachings). He now has coping strategies for dealing with negative statements from others and his worries. Not allowing it to become a reflection of himself; something I had tried many times to help with but I never hit the mark.¬†I would recommend Get GRIT class for any child seeking support for a negative mindset, a closed mindset or anxiety and worries. The program also discussed friendships; making and being a good friend and I can see how this would benefit many children also.

Online Courses

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