M-Power (Girls) Program
Each year, the girls in Year 5 and 6 participate in a program called M-Power Girls. M-Power Girls explores the relationship girls have with each other and the world of girls’ aggression. The program deals with issues of bullying, cliques and how girls relate to one another. M-Power Girls seeks to encourage participants to talk about what it means to be a girl and to discuss what happens in their friendship groups and how this affects them. The girls work together in small groups to identify and discuss problems or issues that they may face, as well as developing appropriate responses to these situations.
All of the girls in year five and six have access to the program. The key aims of the program are to deal with issues of:
- how girls relate to one another
- what it means to be a girl and explore what happens in their friendship groups and how this affects them.
The program is designed to be as active as possible so that the girls learn through doing. Strategies for dealing with the issues listed above are actively practised and at the conclusion of the program, students are armed with a range of strategies to help them deal with relationships. A large part of the program deals with assertiveness and how to be assertive rather than aggressive. The program consists of seven sessions that involve games, role playing, group discussions and journaling. Small groups of girls in grades five and six are led by two facilitators: Tandy Johnson and Bronwyn Tyndell (social worker)