‘World-First’ Objective Measures of Self-Esteem (SE) and Emotional Intelligence (EI). Whole of school, by gender and by class.

Sports Challenge currently has the largest objective database for self-esteem (SE) in the world. The database was established in 1992 and contains approximately 132,000 students from all over Australia and Singapore. Likewise, data from the Emotional Intelligence (EI) objective audit has also been collected throughout Australia and Singapore.

Both objective (SE) and (EI) audits follow the same steps. Cost is negotiated with the school based on total numbers tested.

1. Master PDF Questionnaire and Teacher Administration Instructions are sent electronically.
2. Schools photocopy questionnaire for total student population. (N.B. There are questionnaires for both primary- and secondary-aged students.)
3. The pencil and paper questionnaire is administered (takes approximately 20 minutes).
4. Questionnaires are sent to Sports Challenge Head Office for electronic scanning and analysis.
5. Data is generated at whole school, gender, year and class levels.
6. Hardcopy and electronic versions of the generated data are made available.
7. Full diagnostic report is completed and both ‘at-risk’ students and potential leadership students are identified.

Mentoring Experiential Educational Programs of Life Skills for ‘At-Risk’ Students in Metropolitan, Country, Remote and International Locations

Since 1992, Sports Challenge Australia has delivered successful mentoring programs to groups of identified ‘at-risk’ students in metropolitan, country and remote locations throughout Australia and Singapore.

These ‘leading edge’ programs are individually designed for each location based upon objective self-esteem data and teacher input.

The programs cover the following areas:

1. Identified ‘at-risk’ students are seeded into small groups with their mentor (ratio of 1 mentor to 12 students).
2. Each student is provided with a journal to cover all modules delivered.
3. Activities are experiential (‘hands-on’), both indoors and outdoors, and consist of problem-solving and cognitive activities.
4. Key modules covered are: positive communication skills, conflict-resolution skills, teamwork, stress management, realistic goal setting (both personal and academic), developing the values of the school, family and community belonging, developing a basic sense of trust and aspirations for the future.
5. At the conclusion of each lesson, a reflection journal is completed.
6. Lessons vary in duration from 60 minutes to 90 minutes and the frequency is negotiable at every location.
7. Each student is linked to their mentor by ‘e-pals’ email at the Sports Challenge website (www.sportschallenge.com.au) to allow 24×7 ongoing support.
8. Post objective self-esteem testing is completed.
9. Mentors complete a narrative feedback for each participant.
10. Students complete a feedback questionnaire about the program.
11. Sports Challenge provides the school with a full written report along with recommendations.