Jas, Grade 8 Participant

I discovered more about myself and learnt to trust and believe in who I am. Through the awesome projects I now know that I can cope with anything and learnt really helpful ways to deal with life. I also learnt that we all have a purpose and not to put others or ourselves down. I feel much more confident in myself.

 

Year 6 Girls, Kurnell Public School

Thank you for making us feel like Sunshine and Rainbows. You made us shine brighter than ever before!

 

Teacher, facilitating Esteem Designz

100% of my girls felt more confident in themselves after doing Esteem Designz Program. I was such a valuable and beneficial experience for them all.

 

Claire, Grade 7 Participant

Esteem Designz was so fun! I loved all the activities and design projects. They were so cool, I loved holding up the finished projects and saying “I did that”. I learnt to believe in myself and realised that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.

 

Year 10 Participant

Through Esteem Designz, I learnt to love myself and others around me. Also to just be positive. Esteem Designz helped me so much. I learnt how to handle hard situations and how to get my self esteem up more.

 

Taylor, Grade 6 Participant

Esteem Designz was amazing! It was a great opportunity and A LOT of FUN!!! I learnt that everyone is beautiful in their own way and that you should love yourself no matter what. I also learnt that I am a strong person and can get through anything. After Esteem Designz I feel more confident about myself.

 

Teacher of a Public School

The Esteem Designz program has greatly benefited two of my students. Since the commencement of the program they have become more readily engaged in class discussions, built more meaningful relationships with peers and developed great self-confidence. The girls loved participating in the program and enjoyed sharing their creative pieces with their families and peers.

 

Sarah, Grade 7 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz. I learnt lots of ways to be more positive and confident in my self. The experience was so much fun and comfortable to share and discuss with others. All my projects look really amazing and are really useful - I use them all the time now.

Year 9 Participant

I don’t care what people say about me anymore and I feel great about that. I learnt that when life knocks you down, you got to keep going. Esteem Designz was really motivational and helpful.

Parent of Participant

Thank you so much for Esteem Designz. My daughter looked forward to their weekly meetings and enjoyed her time on every occasion. It was a great learning experience for her and often heard her comment on how “cool” the activities were that they participated in. This has been the most beneficial experience my daughter has undertaken this year. The program is designed to build confidence, self-worth and life skills. I believe all girls at all schools would benefit from participating in this program and can’t recommend highly enough that this program continues to benefit more children in the future.

 

Year 10 Participant

I feel more confident. I learnt not to label others. I liked decorating stuff, and talking with the group, and how to give advice and cope with hard situations.

 

Chaplain of a Public Primary School

After making our encouragement cards, we circulated them so each girl could write something encouraging to the girls around them. Lastly we read all the nice comments written about ourselves. Veronica, Yr 4 burst into tears and exclaimed: “This is the first time somebody has ever written something so nice about me!”

 

Elouise, Grade 6 Participant

Esteem Designz was awesome, fantastic and fabulous! I love it so much and I wish it never ended. Everything was so much fun and really easy to understand and follow. I realised that I can do anything and not to doubt myself.

 

Year 8 Participant

I feel much more confident! I loved that everything had meaning and loved making things. My favourite part was doing the crafts, especially decorating the journal and when we passed around a sheet and wrote positive messages to each other. I became much more confident in myself and learnt to love myself and others around me.

 

Teacher, facilitating Esteem Designz

The girls really enjoyed the design projects, although at times showed frustration when they struggled through parts of the design project but this aided the process of learning to persevere and push through these frustrations. This was a valuable learning experience. Working through the design projects created a casual atmosphere for the girls to open up and share deeper without feeling pressured or confronted. In one particular session strong emotions were expressed. This was a breakthrough in this group. Esteem Designz allowed each girl the opportunity to be heard, seen and celebrated. Being able to share what was on their hearts in a safe environment was a valuable experience for the girls.

 

Year 6 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz Program! It was the best fun! I couldn’t wait to find out what we would be doing each week. The design projects were really cool and I learnt heaps about myself and how to deal with different issues. We got to discuss worries we had about High School and that was really helpful.

 

Year 10 Participant

I learnt how to deal with situations with family and friends when I’m going through a hard time. I was such an encouraging experience, and all the projects and discussion really helped me.

 

Year 6 Participant

I love Esteem Designz Program because of the fun, self-confidence boosting crafts. It has helped us all be more supportive and friendly and help me boost my self-confidence and self-esteem. It was the best!!

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was my favourite thing this year. It was super fun and so helpful. It helped me become closer with my friends and find new friendships too. The discussions we had were really good and helped me know that many girls share the same worries and that I’m not alone, but that we can help each other.

 

Year 7 Participant

I loved all the craft they all had such great messages. I also learnt more about myself. It brought all the girls a lot closer. I now have some new friends that I wouldn’t know if it wasn’t for the time we spent together through Esteem Designz.

 

Year 6 Participant

I had so much fun doing Esteem Designz Program. It really helped me to be confident in myself and know that I can face anything. I loved the design projects because they were so awesome and helpful.

 

Year 7 Participant

I loved all the design projects, games and discussions. They were all really fun and helped me learn more about myself and the other girls in my grade. I loved all the encouragements and learning to help others.

 

Year 6 Participant

My favourite thing was when we discussed our worries and troubles. It helped me know that I am not alone and I liked giving and getting advice for the different issues. It really helped us all grow closer together and be better friends.

 

Year 8 Participant, PS

I really liked Esteem Designz Program because it helped me connect with myself, listen to others and discuss problems and feelings. It helped me be more open.

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was awesome! It was so much fun and helped me have more confidence in myself and get really good advise. I loved filling out the journal and learning more about me.

 

Year 10 Participant

I have grown in self-confidence through Esteem Designz. My favourite part was getting to talk about my problems or issues and not being judged, and making craft that helps me with my problems. It was amazing, fun and helpful, and loved the advice!

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program helped me get through my parent’s divorce. It was really encouraging and gave me skills to deal with what I was going through and felt closer to my friends.

 

Year 8 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz Program because it makes me believe in myself and others. It made all the girls better friends. And it is very fun doing craft together that is really helpful.

 

Year 6 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz Program because it helped us alot with self confidence and was very fun! I loved EVERYTHING about the program!

 

Year 7 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz Program because I learnt a lot and it helped me so much. I love doing all the crafts and getting along with the other girls in my grade.

 

Year 6 Participant

I was always really excited about Tuesdays and couldn’t wait to do Esteem Designz Program. I loved being creative. We learnt new stuff about each other and ourselves and we had so much fun.

 

Year 8 Participant

I love Esteem Designz Program because we had so much fun, the craft was so helpful and full of positive comments. It helped me enjoy life more.

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program made me feel really good about myself and I really needed that. It was really helpful and I got heaps of really good advice and it was so much fun.

Year 10 Participant

I am a lot more confident with myself and my body image. I learnt to reject the negative comments people make. My favourite part was talking about my problems and about life.

Year 6 Participant

I loved it because it taught us to be ourselves and let our inner-self shine.

Zoe, Grade 8 Participant

I thought Esteem Designz was amazing! I had a really fun time, and made some cool designs, and learnt lots of positive things that I can use throughout life. I learnt lots about myself, through the journal activities and I feel different because I now know how to handle some situations better and how to work better in a group.

 

Year 9 Participant

I feel I can now be myself around people I don’t know. I really loved all the projects. I wasn’t going to do it, but I am so glad I did!

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program really changed my life. I felt isolated and excluded from the other girls in my grade, but through this program and the lessons we learnt about friendships and encouragement, the other girls included me more and became my friends. The whole grade became closer as we shared our troubles and gave advice to each other. It was really fun and I loved creating all the cool projects that helped us heaps.

 

Year 10 Participant

I learnt to believe in myself, that anyone can follow the crowd but it takes courage to try new things. It really helped me with my problems, and I’m now confident in myself.

 

Parent of year 8 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was so great for my daughter. She really enjoyed it and didn’t want it to end. She came home raving about the course every week. Thank you for really impacting my daughter.

 

Parent of year 7 Participant

It is such a valuable and needed program, thank you. My daughter really loved making all the designs and doing all the fun activities. I love that she learnt more about herself and can use the skills throughout life.

 

Year 8 Participant

I learnt to be who you are, not someone else. It wasn’t always easy to do, but I did it and it turned out to be a good project. I am now much more confident.

 

Teacher of a Public Primary School

I want to thank you again for providing this program at our school. My girls have really come out of their shells and I can see it more and more as time goes on. Brooke has made more friends and Kaitlin is actively participating in all class experiences.

 

Year 10 Participant

I feel more confident in handling situations now. I really enjoyed hanging out with similar people to me and working to find out what makes us all unique. It was fun and such a worthwhile experience.

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was so much fun! It was so good because it taught us to encourage others and believe in yourself. I loved learning new things.

 

Primary School Chaplain

For 6 weeks I was meeting with a girl in Year 3 one on one to explore why she was having such a hard time maintaining friendships. I knew she came from a broken home, but that was never something she brought up and when asked about her home life she would indicate that everything was fine. It wasn’t until she was a participant in Esteem Designz and we were making our “hearts” that she revealed openly that “I still find it hard that my parents got divorced” The peer nature of this program really allows the girls to speak and support each other, rather than this always coming from the adult in their lives.

 

Year 6 Participant

It really helped me develop into a High School student. I loved all the activities and games.

 

Year 9 Participant

I feel much more confident. I learnt to be nice to people, forgive people and not be so stubborn. I loved the creativity and being able to talk while doing other things. Esteem Designz was great and good way to talk to others to get advice.

Year 8 Participant

I feel happier. I learnt it’s not about making others accept you but it’s about learning to accept myself. Esteem Designz was really good and helpful.

 

Year 6 Participant

I loved how Esteem Designz Program was a girly group which felt like one big happy family. Every girl got to have a say and express themselves, and I believe this program was the highlight of our year.

 

Year 9 Participant

I learnt that I’m important, and that I don’t need to care about what others are thinking. I am more confident and really enjoyed everything we did.

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz was a wonderful and creative program.  It was really fun and I loved sitting and making things with my friends. I learnt so much.

 

Year 8 Participant

I learnt to believe in myself and through Esteem Designz feel much more confident. Its very creative and I loved everything.

 

Year 9 Participant

I am more excited to try new things now. The projects really helped me and gave me the motivation to keep pushing through. It was very fun.

 

Year 6 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz Program because it brought all the year 6 girls together. It showed us a fun and cute way to express our feelings.

 

Year 9 Participant

I learnt how to be self confident, and now I feel like I have more adults around the school that I can talk to. I loved the motivational speaking, and learnt to just have fun.

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was the best! It was amazing and so much fun! I loved spending time with my friends and learning new things.

 

Year 7 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was soo beautiful and I love all of it. It has encouraged me to be me! And helped me with my self-esteem. I also loved how its ALL girl one on one time with each other, just us girls.

 

Year 9 Participant

I feel different, I feel more confident dealing with my problems such as friends and family. I now know it does not matter if things are messy because everything doesn’t have to be perfect. It was so much fun and helpful.

 

Year 8 Participant

I loved Esteem Designz Program! It was really fun and a great experience. It got all us girls closer to each other and I didn’t want it to end.

 

Year 6 Participant

Esteem Designz Program was the best! It was amazing and so much fun! I loved spending time with my friends and learning new things.

 

Year 8 Participant

I love how we did really fun craft and we all enjoyed it and had so much fun. It brought all the year 6 girls together and kept us smiling through the hard times. I love Esteem Designz Program!

 

Year 6 Participant

I loved learning heaps. It was really inspiring and I loved writing the encouragement boards and our worries and discussing them.

 

Year 8 Participant

I feel confident being me now. I learnt not to let anyone put down who I am. I really enjoyed making everything and love it all.

 

Year 9 Participant

I feel a lot luckier and happier about how my life is. I loved creating things that were actually useful in how you feel about yourself. It was fun and you get a lot out of it!

 

Year 9 Participant

Through Esteem Designz, I now like who I am. I discovered I can do anything! I loved how we could make our own designs and how we chose to do things was up to us we have choice in life. It was amazing, really fun and good to be with people and have support.

 

Year 7 Participant

I loved all the craft and being around friends. There were many funny moments we shared, as well as we opened up about what was going on in our lives. I was really fun and creative.

 

Year 9 Participant

I learnt how to be self confident, and now I feel like I have more adults around the school that I can talk to. I loved the motivational speaking, and learnt to just have fun.

 

Year 6 Participant

I love Esteem Designz Program because it brought all the year 6 girls closer together. I learnt more things about life and it made me feel more appreciative.

 

Year 7 Participant

Esteem Designz Program is amazing because it taught us that we are all beautiful and was very useful and helped us a lot and really fun.

 

Year 6 Participant

It was really helpful and fun and I loved it!

 

Year 7 Participant

I really enjoyed creating because I love craft. I also really like when we talked about problems because it help me to handle friendships more. It helped us all.

Year 6 Participant

I loved learning how to respect people and doing all the fun activities.