Student Personal and Social Ethics Program

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Connecting students with values in a fun way…


“Path of Life”  is a unique Australian values-based well being program presenting students with new concepts and a new way of looking at life.  Using a facilitator  who teaches values, inspires creativity and purpose,  showing how choices effect lives and how to set goals that when applied to the students life, will assist them in making informed decisions concerning their friendships, present lifestyles and future outcomes.

There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela.

Values are inner guidelines that direct behavior. They are the foundation of life, helping to guide, build character and strengthen our inner selves.  From a strong inner self and with the understanding of what values we are able to step with purpose and make choices that will reflect our values, helping us to reach and maximize our potential.  Values motivate us to commit to our goals and desires, bringing fulfillment and growth.

 The ‘ Path of Life’ program adapts to a variety of settings in a ‘Personal and Social’ capability.  Students learn and connect with their teachers, well being leaders, chaplains or student leaders; to build positive relationships that grow beyond the program itself and into their future.  Our goal is to strengthen youth today to lead positive lives tomorrow.

Categories include:-

Curriculum – Primary and Secondary

Student Leadership – Secondary

Small Group – Primary and Secondary

Please see ‘Pilot’ page for program results

The ‘Path of Life’ program engages students with regular and reliable positive engagement in a fun, friendly, non-threatening and non-judgmental environment.  It delivers via a balanced mix of games, educative content delivery, student directed learning and personal reflection.

Path of Life Topics include:-

  • Attitude
  • Respect and Honor
  • Enthusiasm and Good Habits
  • Integrity and Influence
  • Strength and Confidence
  • Excellence
  • Compassion and Kindness
  • Choice
  • Hope and Purpose
  • Goals and Planning
  • Teamwork


       We must do all that we can, to give our children the best education and social upbringing – for while they are the youth of today, they shall be the leaders of tomorrow.  John F. Kennedy

Example Activity – Encouragement letter to self

Written by a Grade 6 student

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In this activity the students are asked to write an encouragement letter to themselves at the completion of the program. A fun way to to see how students have grown throughout the program in the areas that stand out the most to them.


    Program Traits from 2015 Pilot                                    

  • Weekly changes (significant by end of program)
  • Social and emotional growth
  • Relationship building between peers and leaders
  • More willing to share and engage
  • More confidence and self esteem
  • More eager to help / lead
  • Positive influence on peers
  • Trying harder
  • Less conflict
  • Empowered students


Check out our pilot results page and testimonials

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Pilot program now completed in the following categories…


Primary, public – Mornington Peninsula Vic – all of grade 5 and 6 (103 students) – Facilitators: Chaplain/Teachers


Secondary, private – NSW  – Leadership pilot for all leaders – year levels 7-12 (50 students) – Facilitators – Chaplain/Student Leaders

Social & emotional skill development

Primary, public – Metropolitan, Vic – grade 5 and 6 (10 students) to help develop skills both socially and emotionally

Secondary, public – Country Vic , Vic –  years 8 & 9 (20 students) to help develop skills both socially and emotionally

Secondary, public – Country Vic – year 7 (30 students) to help develop skills both socially and emotionally

Secondary, public – NSW  – (30 students) to help develop skills both socially and emotionally

Secondary, public – ACT – years 8 & 9 (40 students) to help develop skills both socially and emotionally



Pilot run 2015 with Year 5 and 6 students at a Victorian Primary School (see Pilot page for graphs)

The Path of Life Program  comes highly recommended by a fellow school Chaplain.  I have just had the huge privilege of completing a pilot program of Path of Life with 100 plus grade 5/6 students in groups of 50!  Originally designed  to be  implemented in a variety of settings with students aged 12 to 19 years.  I had permission from both the writer and school community to adapt the material to suit my grade 5s and 6s so as  to provide such valuable information, tools and life skills; essential for the transition and journey through, High School and beyond.

We all need to stand together to make a positive difference  in the lives of our school communities.  The Path of Life program, Classroom Edition is designed to teach  values, learn how choices effect life, inspire dreams and purpose and learn how to set and apply goals.

Originally The Path of Life program, Well being Edition was designed to help Chaplains or Student Well being mentors encourage, strengthen and build relationships with those who are broken and hurting by letting them know someone is there for them. With some changes to the presentation style and purpose goal we adapted the program to teach the material in a whole cohort setting taught by the Chaplain and assisted by the teachers and ES staff.

Due to the size of the group, mentor component wasn’t utilised and instead we strategically put tools in place that ensured that any at risk students were readily identified and referred on.   The program encourages positive connections with their leaders and each other. In return, their load  lightens with the end goal being transformed lives through the development of building relationship through deeper insight by being real.

Both the material and adapted format was readily received by the staff and students involved and we’re sorry to see the completion of the program.  I would strongly encourage all Chaplains to consider implementing the Path of Life Program into your school community as it will not only change the students lives but yours as well.   Sandi, Chaplain

Pilot run 2014 with Year 8 students at a Victorian High School

 In February 2014 I was asked to meet with a group of 8 year 8 girls of whom 80% of them were engaging in self harm.   All girls suffered with anxiety and low self esteem.   They were students that were spread across several different classes and were not in a friendship group with one another members, often they were isolated from class members.  Self esteem was low and family breakdown was prevalent including engagement with Child Protection.

 Over nearly two terms I ran the Path of Life program with them.   After the initial two or three weeks three other year eight students approached me to join the group, because the others had shared what was happening and how it had helped them.

 Focusing on values and life skills empowered these young women as evidenced by the pre course and post course evaluations.   They developed a small community of friendship, trust and acceptance.  They continued to encourage and show empathy to one another in weekly gatherings.  They were encouraged to know that they were worthwhile and that developing values and beliefs strengthened them in the face of all they had to endure.   I would highly recommend this program as a tool to build resilience and self confidence in young people.  Jill, Chaplain

New Zealand

Just a short note to say that Selwyn and I have been running the “Path of Life” program in New Zealand for the past six months. We have had an awesome time together with 12 teens, aged between 13 -16. The fantastic topics helped them understand attitudes, show respect, how to be a woman/man of excellence, showing kindness, showing them how to make goals and follow their dreams. We had awesome discussions and fantastic games that brought out what we were talking about and what we were trying to get across!! The kids loved it. We spread the program out over two terms and grew a close bond with all of the teens.  A couple of mothers came to us and told us they saw a dramatic change in their child and that no one else had ever got through to them like we had.  When the program finished we took them away for the weekend, a boy house and a girl house and introduced them to the local youth group in our area, which they are now attending.  Debbie, NZ

“My daughter has attended the “Path of Life” program. So many youth today are not taught how to pick upon the signs of bad habits.  This program shows them in a practical way, that teenagers can understand, how to recognise and how to deal with real life issues.  Teenagers today need more positive programs like this to guide them through lives very difficult challenges”.  Excellent program!  Michelle, NZ