Program Overview

Get GRIT Program is a researched informed early intervention and prevention program that aims to equip children with the necessary social and emotional skills to successfully navigate school and life.  The program teaches strategies and evidence-based techniques drawn from Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Social and Emotional Learning and Growth Mindset theory.  

A child’s social and emotional development is the foundation for learning and has a significant impact on how they cope and enjoy school life. Social and emotional skills, like any other skill, need to be explicitly taught and practised. Research has demonstrated that children who are explicitly taught social and emotional skills are more likely to succeed at school, develop healthy relationships and are less likely to develop mental health problems. The Get GRIT program helps students develop their social, emotional and communication skills for improved relationships and academic outcomes.  Furthermore, the program aims to promote resilience in children by providing practical and useful strategies for coping with times of worry and stress.  The better students are able to manage their own emotions and behaviour, the better they are able to understand others and maintain positive, healthy relationships.  A child’s ability to self-regulate emotions and successfully manage social interactions is critical to success in school and beyond. 


Emotional Development: Self-Awareness and Self-Management


Lesson 1: 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 one encourages learners to appreciate diversity and celebrate the differences that make us unique and interesting. While differences make us unique, one thing that we all have in common are feelings. Students are taught that there are no right or wrong feelings and all feelings are okay and normal. Lesson one teaches how to identify and recognise the clues our body gives us when we experience different emotions. Recognising these clues on other people can help us to respond to other people with empathy.

Lesson 2: Regulating and Managing Anger


  • Recognise the body’s reaction to anger 

  • Monitor emotions: Emotional Thermometer

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

  • Practise deep breathing, visualization, guided meditation and massage

Lesson two teaches effective ways to regulate, manage and monitor our emotional responses. Anger if used properly, can be a positive feeling.  However, if anger is not managed properly all sorts of problems can occur.  Lesson two teaches about the warning signs our bodies give us and strategies to help calm angry feelings.


Lesson 3: Our Internal Dialogue

  • Distinguish the difference between thoughts and feelings

  • Identify I Can Thoughts and I Can’t Thoughts

  • Learn how to persevere to overcome frustrations by changing I Can't

      thoughts to I Can​

Lesson three teaches the difference between our thoughts and our feelings and how changing the way you think and learning how to talk to yourself in a helpful way can change the way you feel.


Lesson 4: Change Your Mindset

  • Recognise how our thoughts influence our feelings

  • Recognise how our feelings influence our behaviour

  • Identify catastrophic thoughts

Lesson four teaches children that how we think not only influences our feelings but also controls how we act.  The lesson introduces the concepts of a growth and fixed mindset and how our beliefs about how smart we are influence what we can achieve.


Lesson 5: The Power of Yet

  • Explain 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

  • Overcome obstacles and frustrations

  • I Can’t Yet Goal setting

Changing the way students perceive their own abilities and potential can drastically improve their performance.  Too often students live in the now rather than the yet and as a result they focus on their limitations rather than their potential.  Lesson five teaches goal setting, risk taking and the importance of effort and persistence.


Lesson 6:  Fighting Worries

  • Recognise physiological signs and symptoms of anxiety

  • Understand how the brain responds to fear and anxiety

  • Recognise and overcome thinking traps

  • Three steps to fight worry bullies

Lesson six teaches students about worry and fear and the part of their brain responsible for these two emotions.  Students are taught what happens when worry becomes a problem and how to tackle their worries and stand up to a worry bully.


Social Development: Social-Awareness and Social-Management


Lesson 7: Establishing and Building Positive Relationships

  • Initiating play

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

  • Identify qualities in a friend

There are key relationship skills needed to establish and maintain healthy relationships. Lesson seven teaches students the key relationship skills that are needed to establish and maintain healthy relationships. Students are introduced to friendly and unfriendly behaviour and what a true friend is.  Students learn that to have a friend you need to be a friend.


Lesson 8: Maintaining Friendships and Working Collaboratively

  • How to maintain friendships

  • Communicating effectively

  • Winning and losing gracefully

  • Recognise the importance of being honest

Lesson eight teaches students that the best way to think of winning and losing games is to play to win friendship.  Lesson eight also look closely at the importance of being honest and how honesty builds trust which is the foundation for a strong and healthy relationship.


Lesson 9: 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

Lesson nine teaches effective conflict resolutions skills, children who have effective conflict resolution skills are happier, have better friendships and are better learners at school.  Playground disagreements can distract students from their learning and have a negative effect on academic outcomes.  But most importantly, conflicts can negatively affect self-esteem and mental health and well-being.  Lesson nine prepares students for negotiating and resolving conflict.  Conflict resolution skills are not innate, they need to be learned and practised. There are many friendly solutions to help friendships during conflict.

Lesson 10: Responding to Bullying and Bucket Filling

  • Practise being assertive and how to say ‘no’

  • Learn how to respond to Bullies and how to speak up

  • Practise giving and receiving compliments

The last lesson teaches students how to respond to bullies.  This lesson focuses on teaching children how to be assertive and how to stand up for themselves.  The lesson looks at what bullying behaviour looks like and the difference between joking around and a one off ‘teasing’ event. Furthermore, students are taught the difference between tattling verse reporting and the importance of reporting bullying behaviour to an adult.  The lesson also teaches students the importance of being kind.