The Resilience Project



Pascoe Vale South Primary School is partnering with the Resilience Project Program in 2022 and beyond! 



Parents & Carers - Welcome to The Resilience Project 


This year, we are excited to bring The Resilience Project into our school community and implement their wellbeing curriculum throughout our classrooms.


Why are we partnering with The Resilience Project? 

Current research tells us:
1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness.
1 in 7 primary school students have a mental illness.
1 in 5 adults will experience mental ill-health throughout the year.
65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness.

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs and provides evidence-based, practical strategies to support positive mental health and build resilience. We will be presented with stories and research on how we can build mental health in our day to day lives, and support the mental health of the children in our care.

We understand that as primary carers, you have an essential role to play in building positive mental health with your children. Through this program, teachers and students will engage in weekly lessons and activities around the key principles of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) to build resilience.


To support what we’re doing in the classroom, you will be invited to attend a workshop presentation to introduce you to The Resilience Project, build your own confidence around resilience, and give you ideas to help your children and their mental health throughout the year. 

The Resilience Project’s School Program has been evaluated by the University of Melbourne, with parents observing positive changes in how children handled home situations.

The evaluation also demonstrated the program had targeted benefits in building:
● Children’s use of daily gratitude strategies and their sense of gratitude.
● Confidence and self-esteem, especially in relation to their peer relationships.
● Relationships at school and home.
● Knowledge and ability to express emotions.
● More supportive classroom environments.

Feel free to learn more about The Resilience Project by exploring the ideas, activities and resources which bring Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) to life on TRP@HOME

Check out below The Resilience Project daily reflections clip with Martic Heppell that your children will really enjoy. 

The Resilience Project Daily Reflections 



Staff testimonials from our Curriculum Day with founder of The Resilience Project,

Hugh Van Culenburg 


"It is great to see a framework for wellbeing that is achievable and realistic. Hugh speaks with warmth and a real understanding of the human experience, I can’t wait to see The Resilience Project come to life for the PVS community." 


"Absolutely fantastic! There was so much in Hugh's story telling that was relatable. Hugh and The Resilience Project is a gift to all. Can't wait to see PVSPS and our whole community become a GEM Culture." 


"What a wonderful day we had, with the one and only Hugh Van Cuylenburg …. Being reminded of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness was timely. Happiness is about all of these things. Hugh was so honest and vulnerable, sharing intimate stories of his experiences had with his family, but always with a sense of humour and hope. Thank you Hugh, we are so grateful that you are part of PVSPS in 2022."






       Hugh's 1st publication                              Hugh's latest release            The Imperfects Podcast with Josh Van Culenburg, Ryan Shelton & Hugh




                                                  Martin Heppell and Hugh Van Cuylenburg 



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