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Growing with Gratitude Program

Ashley Manuel, creator of the Growing with Gratitude program, talks about how the Adelaide Crows are helping to develop positivity in young school children.

June 20, 2016  12:59 PM

Growing with Gratitude (GWG) is back in 2018 with a brand-new program!

The Adelaide Football Club (AFC), in conjunction with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), successfully launched the Growing with Gratitude program in 2015.

Nearly 400 South Australian schools have participated in the program since its inception.

The club is proud to announce that this partnership will continue in 2018 through the new GWG Program, Positive Reflection.

Positive Reflection has been developed using research undertaken by Growing with Gratitude and the University of South Australia’s Professor Debbie Price and Professor Deborah Green.

The program is also connected with the Australian Curriculum (ACARA) & DECD’s Wellbeing for Learning and Life framework for building resilience and wellbeing in children and young people.

The Positive Reflection program is based on positive education and follows Dr. Martin Seligman’s ‘PERMA’ model, which focuses on promoting psychological well-being and happiness through the development of healthy habits.


The program opens with an assembly-style presentation conducted by the AFC Community Development staff for all students from reception to year seven.

The presentation will focus on the program’s ‘5 Positive Places’ and will be accompanied by videos featuring Crows players. The presentation will also include giveaways and a surprise visit from our club mascot Claude the Crow.

Following the presentation, reception and year one students will be invited to participate in a football-based skills session.  This crucial age group has proven to benefit the most from the activities.

A maximum of two 30-minute sessions (60 minutes in total) will be conducted, catering for up to three classes at a time (six classes in total).

For further information or to register your interest in the AFC’s Growing with Gratitude Programs, please contact Brayden Kirk on (08) 8440 6502 or via email:

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