You Can Do It

The YCDI program is a capability-building framework that aims to help ALL children to achieve to the best of their ability and to develop social-emotional-behaviour wellbeing that will set them up for life.


The YCDI program is based around 5 keys to success: Getting Along, Organisation, Persistence, Confidence and Resilience and the 12 Positive Habits of the Mind and how these work together to help students gain success academically, socially and emotionally. 


The 5 Keys to Success


Getting Along

Getting Along means working well with teachers and classmates, resolving disagreements peacefully, following the rules of the classroom and making positive contributions to school, home and the community including protecting the rights of others and looking after the environment. Some examples of how students can use the Getting Along key include: 

  • Being helpful when working in a group
  • Listening and not interrupting in class when someone else is talking
  • Sharing materials
  • Following important classroom and school rules
  • Talking rather than arguing if someone acts unfairly

In relation to the key Getting Along, students use the following Habits of the Mind:

  • Being Tolerant of Others
  • Thinking First
  • Playing By the Rules



Organisation means setting a goal to do your best in your school work, listening carefully to your teachers instructions and planning your time so that you are not rushed. Some examples of how students can use the Organisation key include:

  • Having a goal to do your very best in school
  • Recording homework and nightly reading
  • Handing homework in on time
  • Making sure you understand the teachers instructions before beginning work
  • Bringing to school important materials
  • Having a neat desk


Students use the following Habits of the Mind.

  • Setting Goals
  • Planning My Time



Confidence means knowing that you will likely be successful. It means not being afraid to make mistakes or to try something new.  It means looking and sounding confident. Some examples of how students can use the Confidence key include: 

  •  Trying something new
  • Talking with a strong voice
  • Trying to do something hard without asking the teacher for help
  •  Asking to play with others
  • Expressing an opinion that might not be popular


Students use use the following Habits of the Mind:

  • I Can Do It
  • Accepting Myself
  • Taking Risks
  • Being Independent



Persistence means trying hard to do your best and not giving up when something feels like it’s too difficult or boring. Some examples of how students can use the Persistence key include:

  • Learning spelling words
  • Trying your best even when your work is challenging
  • Not getting distracted when doing work
  • Checking written work for errors in punctuation
  • Not giving up when doing a complicated project
  • Being patient when learning new skills


Students use the following Habits of the Mind:

  • I Can Do It
  • Giving Effort
  • Working Tough



Resilience means knowing how to stay calm and being able to stop yourself from getting extremely angry, down or worried when something “bad” happens.  It means being able to calm down and feel better when you get upset and being able to control your behaviour when you are upset so that you bounce back quicker. Some examples of how students can use the Resilience key include: 

  • Not getting extremely angry and fighting when someone is mean or acts unfairly
  • Not worrying a lot about having to take a test or meeting someone new
  • Not getting very down or staying away from people when you do not understand something or get a bad mark
  • Calming down within a reasonable amount of the time after being extremely angry, down or worried
  • Bouncing back to work or play after being upset.


Students use the following Habits of the Mind:

  • Bouncing Back

© Copyright 2023 Montrose Primary School