St Joseph Catholic School

The Resilience Project @ STJOMB

Introducing the world renowned Resilience Project

In 2021, St Joseph's Catholic School Murray Bridge is partnering with 'The Resilience Project' to deliver high quality and engaging programs to students to build resilience and happiness. 


About the Resilience Project

Founding Director Hugh Van Cuylenburg has worked in education for 15 years in both primary and secondary settings. His highlight was to travel to remote parts of India and it's there where he found resilience in its purest form. 


His return to Australia saw him develop 'The Resilience Project' which is now a facilitated program in over 900 schools Australia wide. St Joseph's is only the second school in South Australia to incorporate the program to its curriculum. 


Hugh's brilliant program has seen him work with a number of national teams as well as one on one with some of our greatest sports stars such as Billy Slater (Rugby), Dustin Martin (AFL) and Steve Smith (Cricket). 


To read more about Hugh, Click here

Our mission is to teach positive mental health strategies to help people become more happy. Some of the mental health stats are scary, yet looking after our mental health doesn’t have to be - The Resilience Project

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The Resilience Project Curriculum

The Resilience Project provides emotionally engaging programs that deliver a combination of presentations, student curriculum, teacher resources and digital content designed for each year level.


The curriculum is evidence-based and mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework: focussing on Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness (GEM) and Emotional Literacy. A Dedicated hour time slot each week (for Primary years) or during pastoral care periods or Health & PE lessons (for Secondary years)


Through presentations, school curriculum, the TRP App, and Wellbeing Journals; The Resilience Program will share the benefits of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, and easy ways to practise these in everyday life.


Key points

●The key to reducing these figures is prevention. We know that 50% of mental health issues begin before the age of 15.
●Improve academic outcomes. When students are happy and calm they learn better.
●Improve behaviour. Preventing mental health issues in the future, quality programs that explicitly address wellbeing are likely to improve academic achievement and reduce problem behaviours in students.
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The approach to mental health is to tell emotionally engaging stories. They use humour and vulnerability to connect with their school audience and the practical strategies are back up through evidence-based studies. 

●Students connect GEM strategies with people and moments throughout the day that make them feel great!


●A culture of kindness that is embedded amongst students, teachers, parents and wider school community


●Positive teachers who see the benefits of practising for GEM in looking after their personal wellbeing


●Students who can manage their emotions and implement strategies to help navigate challenging situations


Statistics that matter

• 1 in 7 primary school kids experience mental health challenges • 1 in 4 adolescents experience mental health challenges • 65% of adolescents will not seek help for mental illness

GEM (Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfullness)

The Key Learnings behind The Resilience Project

Gratitude GEM


Paying attention to the things and moments we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have. We practise gratitude by noticing the positives that exist around us. 

Gratitude GEM
Empathy GEM
Empathy GEM


Putting ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see what they are. We practice this through being kind and compassionate towards other people.



Our ability to be calm and in the present moment. We practice this through slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time. This could be our breathing, colouring in, or noticing the noises we can hear.

Emotional Literacy

Emotional Literacy

The last piece of The Resilience Program Cirriculum

Our ability to label our emotions as we experience them. This helps us to manage our emotions (soften negative emotions and find positive emotions). We practice this by labelling our emotions as they arise.

Engage with The Resilience Project

Use the following links to find out more about TRP and what your child will engage with in the ciriculum