Fostering friendships at Eastland
Nov 23, 2021

QICGRE and Eastland have partnered with the Maroondah Positive Education Network (MPEN), Communities of Wellbeing (COWB) and URSTRONG to facilitate the delivery of a social wellbeing program at participating schools in the local area, empowering children with the skills, language and self-confidence to develop healthier relationships with their friends.


The Friendology 101 curriculum, delivered by URSTRONG, equips students, parents and teachers with the tools to foster supportive and transparent friendships that are rooted in integrity.

As part of the program, Eastland collaborated with MPEN, COWB and URSTRONG to develop a Friendship Journal, a daily planner that gives students the tools to reflect and build upon their growing friendship skills.

To ensure that students in the surrounding Maroondah area have equal access to the Friendship Journals, Eastland 50 per cent of the cost of each journal.

In addition to collaborating with MPEN, COWB and URSTRONG to bring the Friendship Journals to life, Eastland also donated space in the Centre to host the Friendship Ninja Zone. The Friendship Ninja Zone provides a place for young people to come together to reflect on the skills they have learnt as part of the URSTRONG program. It also serves as a space for the wider community to visit and participate, and hopefully take something away to apply in their own lives.

ESG 2021