Bachelor of Arts, Newcastle University. 1999
Master of Teaching, Sydney University. 2001
Girl Power (SA) Instructor Training.
Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training.
Professional Certificate of Adolescent Counselling, Monash University. (Certificate of Attendance)
First Moon Circle Facilitator Training with Charlotte Pointeaux
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I have worked as an English, Drama and Learning Support teacher in high schools across Newcastle and Sydney for almost 20 years and have extensive experience in teaching and curriculum development.
It is imperative that our young people are empowered to cope with and manage their lives. My programs are based on the principles of positive psychology; and focus on preventative positive mental health, and use the PERMA model of wellbeing. ( We explore Positive emotions, (Feelings of happiness, joy, or being content) Engagement ( How we feel interested and absorbed in life), Relationships (How to manage them and how connected we feel) Meaning (Feeling life is valuable), and Accomplishment (Feeling capable, our sense of achievement and exploring our strengths).
Body Heart Spirit Smart is about affirming powerful girls.
I grew up in Newcastle NSW at a time where supermodels were worshipped, and everybody wanted to be blonde, thin and popular. Even back then, I found these ideals irritating. As a 14 year old, I knew that beauty standards and traditional gender roles were not for me, and although it took me some time, I eventually decided that being creative, laughing and having good friends were the things I wanted most in all the world.
I had a mother who, from a young age impressed upon me the importance of being an individual. When I was teased at school because my ears stuck out, she assured me it was far better to have ears that were like nobody else's, and that my power lay in being unique.
This is not say, I didn't yearn to fit in, and be loved, through my early teen years, of course I did, but when I worked out that nobody else's opinion of me mattered, my life changed. I found a best friend who did not look for approval from anyone. She laughed loudly and she did not care if she fit the mould or not. When I saw her, happy in her own skin, I immediately was inspired to feel the same way.
The moment that I really broke free came when I was in year 9, and my best friend and I went to the school dance, dressed in my grandmother's clothes and makeup. We made a bee line for the empty dancefloor the moment we arrived that evening, as everybody else looked on, shocked at our unbridled joy and disregard for what was cool or socially acceptable. It was one of the best night's of my life.
My teen years were still awkward and tricky and filled with many heart breaks, aches and disappointments. But I carried inside of me, a flame that lit up my self esteem and self worth, and it carried me safely through those tricky years of adolescence.
When I finished school, I did an arts degree at Newcastle University, before moving to Sydney where I worked in several talent agencies and production companies, across the city. After a few years, I went back to university to study and decided to complete a Master of Teaching at Sydney University, majoring in drama and English literature. I wanted to combine my love of the arts with my love of working with young people. After 18 years of working in the education system, I have now decided that I need to do more to reach our girls.
I know that my ability to form positive connections with our girls , and my influence as a strong role model to them, is where the magic lies! Individuality and self love are completely contagious, as I discovered in my younger years.
My PASSION for helping young people step into their power and inspiring them to be their own, incredibly unique selves, drives me to create programs for tween and teen girls, to learn about and CELEBRATE themselves, in a space where they can connect with who they are, so they can grow into women who honor their own bodies, ideas, futures and emotions.
I hope you will contact me if you feel your powerful girl could benefit from any of these programs, even if she just needs a safe place to make authentic connections with other girls, please get in touch.
The Sunflower Plan - Tweens
The Sunflower Plan is a program that runs for 9 weeks each term. It is designed for for 8 - 11 year old girls. Girls can enrol for the year, or term by term.
These topics are revisited each term, but are taught with different activities each time!
Each session is 1.5 hours, and includes a variety of activities including craft, drama, role play, discussions, worksheets and games. This program is in line with the Australian Curriculum.
Young sunflowers follow the sun. They have a knack for finding the light and they track it, from dawn till dusk. They stand tall and are a symbol of happiness and resilience. Let’s help our girls to flourish like sunflowers.
Weekly topics include:
Week 1 - Being YOU-nique.
Week 2 - Self Love, Self Talk and Self Care.
Week 3 - Positive Friendships.
Week 4 - Dealing with Friendship Challenges .
Week 5 - Managing Emotions and Mindfulness.
Week 6 - Bouncing Back and Having a Growth Mindset.
Week 7 - Gratitude.
Week 8 - Goals and Making your Dreams come True!
Week 9 - Your Strengths and Celebrating YOU!
FLOURISH - Teens
Flourish is a 9 week program for girls in high school - (Girls 13 to 16). Each session is 1.5 hours long and includes a variety of activities including: worksheets, journals, vibrant discussion, games, art/craft, and brainstorms.
FLOURISH is a program that supports teenage girls in a safe environment, to develop self confidence, share weekly successes and concerns, and complete weekly topics that are empowering and creative. FLOURISH is designed to help our girls connect and thrive, as they grow into young adults who make values- based decisions. This program aims to improve communication skills and self esteem, which ultimately leads to improved health outcomes, healthier relationships and a positive mindset.
Weekly topics include:
Lesson 1 - Being YOU and your Changing Identity.
Lesson 2 - Positive Friendships and Healthy Relationships.
Lesson 3 - Having Strong Boundaries and being
Lesson 4 - Being part of the Sisterhood - Girl Power.
Lesson 5 - Menstrual Wellness and Self care.
Lesson 6 - Positive Social Media and Messaging.
Lesson 7 - Your Teen Brain and Mindfulness.
Lesson 8 - Having a Positive Mindset and Letting go of Negativity.
Lesson 9 - Dreams, Goals and Gratitude.
The Butterfly Moment - Years 6
The Butterfly Moment - is a nine week program for girls who are in year 6.
The Butterfly Moment gives girls a safe space to connect, and support one another as they take flight, from the cocoon of primary school, into the world of high school.
The workshop includes a variety of activities including: craft, drama games, role play, discussions, worksheets, brainstorms and group, partner and individual activities .
The Butterfly Moment workshop gives girls the opportunity to reflect on their expectations, worries and hopes for this next, exciting stage of their lives and covers the following topics:
Lesson 1 - Look at your beautiful wings! ( Getting to know YOU!)
Lesson 2 - The butterflies in your tummy - worries about high school (Problem solving / myths about high school/ who you can turn to/ ways to manage.)
Lesson 3 - Bouncing back when you hit the ground. (Resilience and growth mindset)
Lesson 4 - How to plant and grow flowery friendships.
Lesson 5 - How to deal with thorny friendships (And why boundaries make a great cocoon!)
Lesson 6 - Positive social media and messaging (For the social butterfly!)
Lesson 7 - What your teen brain is doing and mindfulness / things that can help.
Lesson 8 - Tips and tips for staying on top of things and what to expect in High School.
Lesson 9 - Goals and dreams for year 7.
Women's self - care writing circle
Writing about SELF
A loving space to Write and Reflect and Connect and drink tea! As an experienced English teacher this is my VIBE.
It is pay what you can or want and once you have RSVP'd, I will email you my bank details!
This is about self - love and self - care and stepping outside of your comfort zone , NOT about being published authors!
Come along and connect with the women in your community. Hear stories, share stories and feel the love.
Week 1 - All about me.
Week 2 - Writing about place - sensory imagery.
Week 3 - Using metaphor and symbol.
Week 4 - Moment writing.
week 5 - Writing about childhood.
week 6 - Writing about people.
Week 7 -Writing about change.
Week 8 - The big share - Final reading of your favourite piece of writing from the course and bring a plate.