Turramurra North Public School, where the benefits of YCDI! are obvious

Turramurra North Public School introduced YCDI! in term two, 2014.

At that time, “We decided to explore ways of embedding YCDI! into everything that we do,” said Alexandrea Nolan, a teacher at Turramurra North Public School. YCDI! founder, Professor Bernard facilitated a professional development day for all staff to learn and adopt the YCDI! school culture.

Mrs Nolan explained that her school was at a point where they were looking for a new way to support their students through their social and emotional wellbeing. Principal, Paul Taylor, had previous experience with YCDI! and had seen the tremendous benefits.

“After the staff development day with Professor Bernard, staff really understood the importance of the YCDI! program and developing positive habits of the mind. It was important that social and emotional wellbeing was part of a whole school approach.”

The students at Turramurra North Public School enjoy weekly YCDI! lessons delivered in a way that engages 21st century learners. “YCDI! is built into the school culture, where students, teachers and parents all use the same language to encourage positive thinking resulting in positive outcomes.”

Mrs Nolan says they have seen their students develop the five keys to success and happiness. Students are encouraged to manage their own learning, behaviour and emotional wellbeing by demonstrating getting along, confidence, persistence, organisation, and resilience. This is implemented as a whole school approach to develop the whole person―socially, emotionally and academically. Mrs Nolan says there are environmental cues in the playground and the classroom to remind students about the keys to success in everything they do. 

“With YCDI! linked to our school awards system, there has been an immediate improvement in the management of behaviour, as well as the positive message to both students and parents that everyone is valued as an important part of the school community. The behaviour-specific feedback enables students to understand where their strengths lay and where their goals should be aimed. Engagement in learning is high and feedback from students, teachers, and the community has been overwhelmingly positive,” Mrs Nolan said.