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A Complete and Interactive Social & Emotional Skills Program

Adelaide Hills   ~   Fleurieu Peninsula   ~   Murray Bridge  ~  Upper South East



What's The Buzz? is an evidence-based social-emotional literacy program written by Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker and used in many schools and youth organisations to develop social skills, confidence and resilience in young people. 

We are excited to be offering What's The Buzz? in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu, Murray Mallee and regional regions! 


What’s the Buzz? is a unique sixteen lesson social skills enrichment program which uses lively stories, role plays and play based programs to teach children how to think and relate to others in social situations. It features everyday themes such as how to greet, make and keep friends, fit in, read one’s own emotions, read the feeling of others, deal with competition and cope with worry, frustration and disappointment more constructively.


For more information or to register for
Mt Barker, Strathalbyn or Murray Bridge:

Please note; do to the nature of the program, we do require 5 year old children to have participated in a minimum of one semester of school. This helps prepare them to have the skills to sit in our circle and participate in the content and activities. You are still welcome to register your interest for your child's participation, please just let us know if your child is yet to complete a full semester at school. 

Thank you for submitting. Lauren will be in touch soon.

We have expanded to the South East!
For more information or to register for
Bordertown, Willalooka or Keith:

Please note; Jess requires children to be a minimum age of 6 years old.

Thank you for submitting. Jess will be in touch soon.


The program is based on an extensive body of research referred to by the acronym S.A.F.E., the principles stimulate social thinking and accomplish powerful outcomes by:

  • Sequenced - shows a logical step-by-step break down of each new skill

  • Active - uses role-plays and rehearsal (kinaesthetic) with feedback

  • Focused - dedicates time solely towards teaching a specific skill

  • Explicit - teaches a specific social/emotional skill each session



The 16 week program is available at the Mount Barker Community Centre all year around for all 3 aged groups and includes:

  • 16  x  What's The Buzz? student sessions

  • 2  x  Unique Social Sessions including our Nature-Based Session for the children/teens to practice their social skills in a different environment. They will participate in nature-based activities while developing their team work skills. 

  • 2  x  Parents/Carer Information Sessions


For more information and to register your interest in your child or teenager participating in "What's The Buzz?" programs please use the contact form at the bottom of this page and we'll be in touch!

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"Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which people acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to:

  • Understand and manage emotions.

  • Listen to others.

  • Set and achieve personal goals.

  • Feel and show empathy for others.

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships.

  • Make empowered and responsible decisions.

It is the foundation for building cohesive workplaces, tolerant communities, connected classrooms, connected families and happy, well-adjusted human beings.

"SEL is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities."

- Committee For Children



SEL is for every student at every age. It is beneficial for young people who:

  • Need help understanding their emotions

  • Struggle to go with the flow 

  • Find it difficult to make friends or relate to others

  • Find it difficult to fit in socially

  • Experience anxiety, worry or shyness

  • Need help developing emotional regulation

  • Children with higher-functioning forms of autism spectrum

  • Children identified with language disorder, specific learning difficulties, ADHD, social phobia etc.

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