YCDI! YCDI-Logo 5 Keys to School Success


You Can Do It! Education’s (YCDI!) main purpose is to support communities, schools, and homes in a collective effort to optimise the social, emotional, and academic outcomes of all young people. Its unique contribution is in identifying the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience wellbeing, and have positive relationships including making contributions to others and the community (good citizenship).

YCDI’s core purpose is the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities, including: Confidence (academic, social), Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along, and Resilience.

Central to the development of these 5 Foundations (Keys) is instilling in young people ‘12 Ways of Thinking’ that support and nourish the 5 Keys, including Accepting Myself, Taking Risks, Being Independent, I Can Do It, Giving Effort, Working Tough, Setting Goals, Planning My Time, Being Tolerant of Others, Thinking First, Playing by the Rules, and Social Responsibility (includes the values of Caring, Doing Your Best, Freedom, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Understanding, Tolerance, and Inclusion).

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School has an academic focus where all children are encouraged and challenged to work hard to achieve their best.We can assist their progress and achievement at school by focusing on development of the following "5 Keys to School Success"



Self Acceptance - making a mistake doesn't make you bad
Risk Taking – it's good to try something new.
Independence – try new activities and don't be afraid to speak up.


Optimism - even when things are hard to do, you can do it.
Giving Effort- the harder you try, the greater your success
Working Tough- to be successful, sometimes you have to do things that are not easy.



Setting Goals - plan the steps to realise your goals
Planning Time – plan enough time to get the task done.


Keeping Perspective - on a scale of 10 is it really that bad.
Staying Calm - maintain your cool in the face of adversity
Bouncing Back – choose to be positive, even when things don't turn out the way you would prefer.

Getting Along

Being Tolerant of Others - accept that all people are different and make mistakes
Playing by the Rules - by following school expectations, school will be a better and safer place in which to live and learn
Thinking First - before reacting, think first of different ways to resolve setbacks or conflicts.



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