URSTRONG WORKSHOPS

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Want a Friendship Expert to work with your school? Host our Language of Friendship (parent-child) or Day of Friendship (student-only) workshops either online or in-person. Our workshops are engaging, interactive, and FUN!

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URSTRONG Workshops
for Schools

Language
of Friendship

Whole-School: Prep to Year 6 + Parents + Teachers

60 to 90 mins

Through interactive parent-child activities, parents will learn language & strategies to support their child to create healthy, feel-good friendships. This session will review concepts taught at URSTRONG Schools through our Friendology 101 curriculum to reinforce a common “language of friendship”.

Teachers are encouraged to attend to reflect & reinforce a whole-school friendship strategy.

Early Years

Lil’ Friendship Ninjas

20 to 30 mins

In this workshop, students (alongside their favourite “fuzzy friend” from home) learn how to use The Friend-o-Meter to keep their friendships in the Green-Zone. They learn that Friendship Ninjas say & do things to put out their Friendship Fires®.

Grades 1 & 2

Fuzzies & Friends

45 to 60 mins

Through fun role-play with teddy bears, students learn the basics of friendship including The 4 Friendship Facts, qualities of a Green-Zone Friendship, and how to use the Friend-o-Meter to reflect on how they’re feeling in their friendships. Students also practice, step-by-step, how to put out Friendship Fires® by Talking-it-Out.

Grades 3 & 4

Heart of Friendship

60 to 90 mins

Through fun role-play with teddy bears, students explore The 4 Friendship Facts & learn the WWW strategy to get strategic in their friendships. Using the Friend-o-Meter, they reflect on healthy (Green-Zone) and unhealthy (Red-Zone) friendships. Learning the difference between Friendship Fires & Mean-on-Purpose moments, students practise putting out Friendship Fires® by working their way around the Friend-o-Cycle, along with when & how to use a Quick Comeback.

Grades 5 & 6

Friendship Fires

60 to 90 mins

In this workshop, students learn what to expect in their friendships through The 4 Friendship Facts, applying these ‘truths’ in friendship to their real-life. They also learn what trust & respect look like in-action & what happens when mistrust & disrespect seep into a friendship. Using the Friend-o-Meter, students reflect on the health of their friendships & Friendship Groups. They learn how to manage conflict (in-person and online), exploring the different approaches for responding to Friendship Fires® versus Mean-on-Purpose behaviour.

Grades 7&8

Friendship Tips for Teens

60 mins

In this workshop, students learn what to expect in their friendships through The 4 Friendship Facts, applying these ‘truths’ in friendship to their real-life. Using the Friend-o-Meter, students reflect on the health of their friendships & Friendship Groups. They learn how to manage conflict (in-person and online), exploring the different approaches for responding to Friendship Fires® versus Mean-on-Purpose behaviour. Students learn how to apply these friendship strategies to other relationships in their lives.

Grades 9&10

Friend-o-Leader Training

60 mins

This session, designed for URSTRONG Schools implementing a Peer Mentorship model, teaches leaders how to be a “Friendship Coach”. They learn tools, language, & strategies that are taught in the Friendology curriculum to support the Year 7&8s in their friendships.

URSTRONG SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

Want to host a
Day of Friendship?

Check out some highlights from a Day of Friendship at Seymour College (Adelaide, South Australia) + see the many creative ways they have brought our friendship strategy to life at their school.
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Have a question about our School Workshops?

Check out some common questions below, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you still need some help.

How do your online/virtual workshops work?

I’m so glad you asked! We’ve now done hundreds of online workshops since COVID-19 closed schools down and are pros at this “new way” of teaching. While in-person workshops are still possible in areas we have Licensed Presenters, our online workshops have proven to be just as impactful and, in the case of our parent-child workshops, EVEN BETTER!

For Day of Friendship workshops, we create zoom links for each session. Students can log-in via their individual devices or teachers can log-in and display the session up on their interactive boards or screens.

For our Language of Friendship (parent-child) workshop, parents register online to attend. They are sent the log-in details and simply click on the link when it’s go-time. Parents & children have the option to have their cameras on/off and can use the chat functionality to ask questions. The school is requested to welcome their families at the beginning and introduce our Presenter!

How do we map out a plan for our school?

First of all, whether it’s a Wellbeing Team or one Head Friendship Ninja, someone needs to take a lead role in guiding & supporting the teachers.

Secondly, we have a number of Supporting Documents to help you devise an implementation plan, from a basic planning tool to a very prescriptive Scope & Sequence that maps out the entire year for you. It’s important to keep in mind that our URSTRONG Schools report it takes about 3-years for your community to become “fluent” in our langauge of friendship.

How do we launch in a fun way?

Between Friendship Ninja Assemblies, teachers acting out common Friendship Fires, or Festivals of Friendship…we’ve heard of so many creative ideas. The idea is that you create an event that is fun, but also educational. Think of it as a chance to introduce the program and get everyone excited!

Often, URSTRONG Schools build their launch around one of our school workshops. This allows a “Friendship Expert” to introduce the language & strategies to the kids, parents, and teachers to kick things off! Learn more about our School Workshops.