At every stage of the pilot program in Kilmore diocese the feedback of the students was gathered and collated. Below is a selection of their comments.

“Boundaries made me realise that everyone has different boundaries and what I think is okay mightn’t be with others.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“The lesson about God and myself helped me understand more and think that God is not there to be mean. He is there for you. We were shown how God adores us.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“I really liked the teaching about our relationship with God because this helped me to understand that God will always stand by me, no matter what I do and even when I feel like I have nobody, God will always listen to my problems.”         

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“Many of the aspects of the curriculum are things young people are going through”

                                                                                                - 5th Year Girls School Student

“My favourite lesson was I am Imperfect because it helps us stop comparing ourselves to others.”

                                                                                                - TY Co-Ed School Student

“You learn about things that will help you in life. The learning isn’t all books. You use games and things to reinforce the learning.”

                                                                                                - Parish Participant

“I enjoyed the relaxation the most because it made me feel calm and peaceful.”

                                                                                                - TY Co-Ed School Student

“Meditation helped me to relax and think about life.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“I think it is a good thing. I like the relaxation exercise because it helps me to relax. I like the gratitude exercise because it helps me to be thankful for stuff. It’s a good way to spend your Wednesday night!”

                                                                                                - Parish Participant

“Learning about my relationship with God really got me interested to learn more and improve my relationship. Talking about the characteristics of Jesus Christ and learning how to fix or improve your relationship and have a better understanding.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

 “I found lesson seventeen beneficial- healthy relationships as it taught you about your relationships between different people and about all the types of boundaries.”

                                                                                                - Parish Participant

“Do more of this program.”

                                                                                                - Co-Ed School Student

“Learning about my relationship with God really got me interested to learn more and improve my relationship. Talking about the characteristics of Jesus Christ and learning how to fix or improve your relationship and have a better understanding.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“I now know how to become closer in all the relationships I have.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“My favourite video was about God’s love and how Mother Teresa explains God loves us all equally.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“It was good to think about something I am grateful for- usually I take things for granted.”

                                                                                                - Parish Participant

“The learning to walk lesson made you think that you shouldn’t judge someone when it’s their first time doing something or when you’re doing something for the first time and it didn’t go well. You shouldn’t automatically think ‘I’m so bad’”

                                                                                                - Parish Participant

“Lesson sixteen (Bullying) was my favourite because it helped me help my sisters and other people dealing with it.”

                                                                                                - TY Co-Ed School Student

“Teenagers go through a hard time and this helped me to understand and deal with different things.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“Contemplative prayer helped me forget about everything and to just take time for myself.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“So far I think that all the material in this program is essential and beneficial and I really enjoy taking part in it.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“I found doing the meditating helpful because it helped me to relax and to be peaceful.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“I think that it is a really good idea to use the videos that you use because visual aids get the point across of what you are trying to say and it helps us understand what is acceptable in society.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

 “I feel as though all the topics covered were suitable and relevant to teenagers.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“I found the anxiety lesson beneficial as I find it very hard to do things in front of people and I learned how to get up and speak.”

            - TY Co-Ed School Student

“Nothing like this programme is available and I really think it should be.”

                                                                                                - Parish Participant

“Everyday saying what we’re grateful for made me more aware of the things I have to be grateful for.”

                                                                                                - TY Co-Ed Student

“I liked learning how to change the way I think about things…and asking why?”

                                                                                                - TY Co-Ed Student

“Crossing the bridge showing bad situations can be solved.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

 “The lesson about the Act of Reconciliation- I found it most helpful as I had a different perception of what the act of reconciliation was. I always thought that it was because God needed to know our sins and the priest was able to absolve you. But when I found out that God already knows your sins as you commit them but he wants you to say them aloud to benefit yourself, your soul, your conscience and your relationship with God.

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“The undefended/defended life, this showed me how and who doesn’t care about (unimportant) things.”

                                                                                                - Co-Ed School Student

“My favourite lesson was the lesson on the importance of listening as it is very important to listen and pay attention to other people.”

                                                                                                - TY Co-Ed School Student

 “I found meditation helpful as I became very relaxed by doing it.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“Meditation- it helped me to relax and gave me a chance to think about other topics discussed.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“I liked the talks on Psychology and the anecdotes to go with them.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“Understanding why we feel different emotions.”

                                                                                                - TY Boys School Student

“I found learning about my relationship with God helpful today as I got to learn about God’s characteristics. It felt good knowing that he is always there and that he is in everyone. I also really enjoyed learning about the brain. I enjoyed learning about the neocortex and the limbic system and our ability to change our own brains. I don’t think that I would have otherwise ever learned about the brain.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student

“Anxiety: it was helpful because I learned a lot more information about what it is and what it means.”

                                                                                                - Co-Ed School Student

“Learning about my relationship with God really got me interested to learn more and improve my relationship. Talking about the characteristics of Jesus Christ and learning how to fix or improve your relationship and have a better understanding.”

                                                                                                - TY Girls School Student