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Middle Harbour Public School

Middle Harbour Public School

Respect, Responsibility, Personal Best

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You Can Do It

Our school uses strategies from You Can Do It! Education to support students in learning the social and emotional capabilities, disposition and habits of thinking needed for success in school, work and life.


Why social and emotional learning is important?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves developing the ability to recognise and manage emotions, promoting caring and concern for others, making responsible decisions, establishing positive relationships, and handling challenging situations effectively. Research has shown that SEL is fundamental to children's mental health, academic learning, moral development, and motivation to cooperate and achieve. Students who have social and emotional competencies and skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, resolve conflict, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them.


Working together

A collaborative approach, where parents and schools work together to promote SEL, is more likely to yield substantial and sustained improvements for children (Elias, 2003; Sanders et al., 1999; Fuller, 2001; Stormshak et al., 2005).


What you can do

  • Learn more about You Can Do It (pdf 2460 KB)
  • Download the Parent Handout (pdf 2363 KB)and start using YCDI at home. You Can Do It and what's more you will love the sense of empowerment that comes with knowing you are helping too!
  • Log on to the You Can Do It Parents web site where you will find loads of resources to support you in positive parenting. Log on details are in our fortnightly newsletter or email the office.
  • Discover if your parenting strengths match those of highly effective parents by completing the survey on the You Can Do It website: Parent Survey


Teaching values through literature

Australian children's literature provides a versatile and relevant medium for a focus on values as it explores the many facets of human nature and challenges the reader to consider what it means to interact with oneself, one's peers and the larger community. The breadth of issues explored by contemporary writers is testimony to the significant role literature plays in helping us examine our actions, beliefs and attitudes in an increasingly global society. Follow this link for a list of great books:

Care & Compassion


Fair Go

Doing Your Best

Honesty &




Understanding, Tolerance  & Inclusion