Curriculum & Programs - You Can Do it! Program

In 2016, BHPS began implementing You Can Do It! (YCDI), which is a program that aims to develop resilient, confident, persistent, organised young people who get along with others.

The program is the work of Professor Michael Bernard from Melbourne University and is found in more than 6000 schools world-wide.


In implementing YCDI, staff members explicitly teach positive habits of the mind, replacing the negative thinking of students. Positive or negative thinking powers the way we feel and consequently, the way we behave – towards others and towards our own learning and engagement.

As staff, our aim is to foster the power of positive thinking. In bringing YCDI to our school, we are focusing on developing balanced, independent learners with the social and emotional strength to be successful in an increasingly busy, demanding and changing world.

The below triangle illustrates the main focus of YCDI’s educational programs; namely the social and emotional characteristics of students (The Five Foundations or Keys) and supporting ‘Habits of the Mind’ (ways of thinking) that all young people need to achieve the objectives which appear at the top of the triangle.

In Term 1 we focussed on the skills required for:

Getting Along: means being friendly and kind to others, including people who come from different backgrounds and cultures. It involves working well in groups, solving problems productively and collaboratively, following rules, helping others in need and protecting the rights of others, looking after the environment, and making positive contributions to school, home and the community.

What are the Getting Along habits of the mind?

Playing By the Rules: Thinking that by following important school and home rules, we will live in a better world where everyone’s rights are protected.

Thinking First: Thinking that when someone treats you badly, you need to consider different ways you can react, the consequences of each and the impact of your actions on the other person’s feelings.

Being Tolerant of Others: Accepting that everyone acts unfairly towards other people some of the time and not making overall judgements of people’s character (“good person” / “bad person”) based on their differences or behaviours.

Social Responsibility: Thinking that it is important to be a good citizen and to help build a world with fairness and justice for all, where everyone feels safe and secure. eg: caring for others, doing your best, giving everyone a fair go, believing in freedom for everyone, honesty, doing the right thing, respect, responsibility and accepting/including others.