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further validates groups, activities and
events already offered by the school.
With each domain of Act-Belong-Commit
heavily underpinned by research, the
framework contributes another layer of
meaning and purpose to the activities that
many individuals intuitively engage in.
Just a few examples of initiatives
Toorak College has engaged in under
the Act-Belong-Commit framework are:
involvement in assisting an Indigenous
community preschool in Robinvale;
networking with other schools and local
council on the Mornington Peninsula to
address the behaviours and attitudes of
young people towards drug and alcohol
use; and establishing a Community
Kitchen and Parent Book Club to
strengthen parent connectedness to the
A very powerful example of the
connection and belonging students are
experiencing is the video our 2009 Year
12 students made to mark the end of their
time at Toorak College. Ninety-six of our
A Year 5 student at Toorak College participates in an Act-Belong-Commit classroom activity.
98 Year 12 students (two students were
reluctantly absent due to severe illness)
arranged to be at school at 7.00am on
a bleak Thursday morning and created
a superb ‘real time’ celebration of their
schooling years that inspired the whole
school community. The video can be
viewed at http://www.youtube.com/
The Act-Belong-Commit framework
has fitted wonderfully with the culture
at Toorak College. It has helped create
a greater sense of community, provided
opportunities for parents to engage
meaningfully within the school and
addressed the increased prevalence of
mental health concerns in young people.
It has facilitated connections between
the school and the wider community and
increased the participation of parents,
staff and students with groups therein.
Kelly O’Brien is a registered Psychologist
at Toorak College. Further information
about the Act-Belong-Commit framework at
Toorak College can be found at http://www.
ActBelongCommit.aspx or by emailing kellyo@
toorakc.vic.edu.au . Further information
about Act-Belong-Commit is found at www.
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