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Senior Phase

The Senior Phase COOL TO BE ME curriculum addresses the age-appropriate themes of identity and leadership. In order to build a positive self-image founded in resilient self- esteem, self-worth and self-respect, a child must explore and appreciate their unique character, passions and beliefs and build a meaningful value system.

Experiential learning

The COOL TO BE ME: IDENTITY Grade 6 programme guides them on this journey through fun, experiential learning that not only brings about this critical self-discovery, but also a deeper sense of mutual respect within the peer group.

Peer group leadership

We build on this in Grade 7 with our COOL TO LEAD Fluid Leadership workshop that empowers these young leaders to create an environment of individuality, mutual respect and collaboration that allows for the fluid movement between individual members of the group stepping up to lead, or using their power to follow, depending on what type of characteristics and intelligence each situation requires. This allows the peer group to create an environment that is supportive, fun, creative and effective.

Teaching Resources



Grade 6:


The COOL TO BE ME programme explores the crucial developmental challenge of this age group: identity. Understanding and accepting one’s identity is essential for the healthy development of resilient self-esteem, self-worth and the fostering of mutual respect within the peer group that encourages good decision making skills and positive attitudes.

COOL TO BE ME is made up of fun, experiential exercises, games and discussions. It can be taught as SEL content for Life-Skills, Personal and Social Well-being (PSW).

1 x Educator manual required per educator
1 x Journal required per learner
Free classroom accessories and educator resources are available from COOL TO BE ME.


Educator Manual
Learner Journal

FREE Teaching Resources
Grade 6: COOL TO BE ME Teaching Resources

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To set up an appointment, receive more detailed information about the course content and costs, or to sign up for this programme at your school, please click here.

Our Programme

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the feedback to the COOL TO BE ME sessions at Springfield last night. It is a fabulous course and my daughter enjoyed it tremendously. Also from the response of the parents I think they felt the same way.” – Springfield parent
"CTBM is a great programme. It changed my life and helped me feel great about myself." - Grade 6 student
“I would just like to say thank you so much for all you have done for the grade 6 girls through COOL TO BE ME. They are so lucky to have had experienced such profound self-analysis and self-discovery at their age. I think that the work you are doing is so important and the core philosophy of resilient self-esteem is brilliant.” – Springfield parent
CTBM helped me so that if someone says you are ugly, don’t listen to him and in your mind say “I am beautiful and I know who I am.” - Grade 6 student
“I just wanted to let you know that I've been reading Bouncing Back and the Telling Truth stories to my kids this past week. We've been reading a few chapters each night before going to bed. My son is four and a half and my daughter six and a half and in Grade 1. They have both absolutely LOVED them! We have had very late bedtimes as they've insisted that I keep reading! Even though they are both so young (and I thought too young which is why I hadn't read them the stories until now), they were completely compelled and fascinated! At the end of the each book, they both without any initiation started discussing some of the themes. After the bouncing back story, they both started to talk about some of things they had learnt in the day. From the 'learn the lesson and move on' refrain, my daughter told me that she had learnt that she can tell her friend NO if she doesn't want to do something! What an important thing to learn!” – Nicole, Cape Town
"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great." - Grade 6 student
“My daughter spoke of the programme so much and I know it has had a profound effect on her confidence and acceptance of others.” – Springfield parent

"I now have confidence to say stuff even if people laugh at me." - Grade 6 student

"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student 

"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student
"CTBM has helped me believe in myself and take the pressure off." - Grade 6 student

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