Student Wellbeing

PLAY IS THE WAY® is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional skills using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language.
It is a process that gives primary schools a way to develop, improve and entrench the personal and social capabilities of students.
PLAY IS THE WAY® is suitable for primary school children of all ages, abilities and ethnic backgrounds. No particular sporting or athletic ability is required to participate successfully.

How does it work?

The PLAY IS THE WAY® Complete Program uses:
•a unique program of physically interactive games
•key concepts to guide students through life and learning
•a specific and empowering language to help attain self-mastery
•a philosophy of behaviour education and student self-regulation that fosters independent, self-motivated, empathetic, life-long learners.

Requiring a minimum investment in resources and equipment (just one set of manuals for each classroom teacher) PLAY IS THE WAY® gives educators the comfort of guidance with the flexibility to adapt it to the needs and circumstances of their students.

The resources give teachers the necessary information to start and invite them to deepen their knowledge and skills as they progress through the program. It’s a, learn as you go and improve with practise, approach.

The games program is a cross-curricular tool for social and emotional learning. Typically, students participate in 1 x 20 minute game session per week for every week of the school year, for every year of primary school. A 45 minute classroom language specific debrief will then follow up the game session.


Dear Rookie Reporters, Alyssa, Max, Angelique, Anushka, Athan and Konstance,

What a lovely surprise to receive your video today. It was creative, well thought out and genuinely uplifting. Julie and I thought your presentation was informative, precise and confidently delivered.

We hope you enjoyed making the Student Wellbeing and I’m guessing from the energy of your delivery that you certainly did.

You don’t need me to tell you how vitally important it is to be prepared socially and emotionally for all the challenges of life and learning. Equipped with the right skills we can all be fairly sure that our lives will be fulfilling and meaningful.

It gives us great comfort to know that there are young people, like yourselves, walking confidently into the future with the character, confidence and commitment to do what is right and best for themselves, others and the planet. 

You obviously understand the importance of the Life Raft concepts and have the willingness to be the masters of your own behaviour. The world is waiting for people to treat it and all who live on it well, and I suspect that you are ready to do that.

Congratulations on doing yourselves and your school proud.

Warmest wishes,

Wilson & Julie

Wilson & Julie McCaskill
Founder/Directors, Play Is The Way Pty Ltd