Ripple is a collaborative model that enables customised programs to be delivered to children in schools to help build their individual and collective resilience and self-confidence. Each school is recommended a unique recipe, specifically designed for the schools needs and support is provided for reliable delivery with high quality content. Ripple has minimal interruption to the school as it is easily woven into the school day.
There are two parallel and complementary pathways of activity when a school partners with Ripple:
- Ripple program – build students capacity for resilience and self-confidence
- School Projects – reduce barriers to building resilience and self-confidence
These two pathways tackle fundamentally different aspects of resilience in a coordinated and complementary way to maximise the impact of each other; and the overall wellbeing of the student body. It is also important to understand that mental health is similar to physical health in that it can be improved through training and exercise, but also, and most importantly, only if the individual is in a conducive state to participate. While the Ripple program is intended to be used by the entire student cohort, there may be times when individuals need to have a modified involvement – just as an injured player on a sporting team has a modified training program from the rest of their teammates.
Ripple programs can be customised to meet the school’s needs because they are informed by research and have a wide range of key components (outlined below) to draw upon to provide a unique program for each school.
KEY RIPPLE COMPONENTS
Research based Report and Plan
A Ripple program commences with research that includes an online survey of students, teachers and parents, as well as a Living Lab – a collaborative intergenerational workshop in your school community. The outcome of this is a Ripple Report and implementation plan specifically designed for your school.
Ripple weekly classroom video activity sets and check-ins
As part of the program launch, Ripple provides every classroom with access to the Ripple Platform that will deliver Ripple Sets. This pre-selected content and questions will help build resilience and self-confidence and monitor wellbeing.
Ongoing research analysis and insights in every classroom
Principals and teachers can observe wellbeing and progress in resilience and self-esteem. Young & Resilient Research Centre – Western Sydney University, uses the data to review and adjust the program recommendations as required.
Ongoing parent and teacher support that complement your school programs. This includes the provision of a Ripple Resilience Resource Library for each school. These include the priority tasks your community outlines in the Living Lab workshop.
Parent & Teacher Support
Ongoing parent, care giver and teacher support that complement your school programs. This includes the provision of a Resilience Resource Library for each school.
Ripple Boosters (school incursions – online or onsite)
The Ripple Report guides your school to connect with expert providers in the areas of wellbeing needing a “boost”. Provided remotely and/or in-person by Ripple wellbeing partners in areas identified as priority needs in the school community. Your school can organise these Booster programs within your school timetable and can apply for additional funding for some of these activities.
In the video below Berry Public School participate in the Human Ripple with PROJECT ROCKIT.
Ripple is constantly reviewing its vast range of expert partners to select the best options for the Ripple school community. All partners provide quality programs and structures that can offer support to Ripple partner schools in different capacities where more acute care and intervention programs may be required.
The list below provides more detail on some of the programs available through Ripple.