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Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community

With guidance from La Trobe University, a primary prevention education program titled Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community; which seeks to increase the health and wellbeing of young people has been developed. We are extremely proud to have partnered with La Trobe University, to deliver the program; focusing on prevention and potential indicators of poor mental health, using football as the platform. The program is currently delivered to grade five and six students in schools across Melbourne’s Northern Corridor

What teachers and students are saying about SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY and SOUND COMMUNITY


“I think that the learning was well thought out and really relates to core things that students can and should be doing to lead positive and healthy lives.”
“I now look to set goals for myself to achieve in the future.”


of Classroom teachers considered Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community’s classroom section as very effective.


of teachers deemed Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community’s playground section as very effective.


of teachers regarded Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community as a great adjunct to the school’s curriculum.


of teachers considered Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community as very effective in achieving its overall goal of increasing health and wellbeing of young people.


The Carlton “Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community” program was a powerful way to transfer classroom learning to real life as it supported our student inquiry into the question, “How can we be happy, healthy and safe?” The program leader was a great communicator and worked closely with us in the planning stages. She was responsive to student and curriculum needs which was great as this was not a “one off” or “add on”. We had seamless learning across the student inquiry and the visits.

Meeting both male and female footballers was invaluable for the students who could see how these role models persist, set goals, deal with disappointment and look after the health of their bodies. Our students went on to develop growth mindset mantras, set their own goals and articulate ways that they could achieve them. The program brings together the key elements of how to live a happy and productive life which is what we want our students to understand and live every day.

I highly recommend working with the Blues Foundation and in particular the “Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community” program. This is valuable work that the community needs.

Deputy Principal, Sacred Heart School


Sound Mind, Sound Body and Sound Community is made possible by the generosity from LaTrobe University.

If you or your business would like to contribute or partner with the Blues Foundation please contact us here.


Carlton Rise High


Target audience

  • Families of the Carlton High Rise flats
  • Predominately from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds


  • Utilising sport as a vehicle to assist young participants in advancing their education and holistic health and wellbeing


  • To build a rapport with students and families
  • To assist students in increasing their literacy skills
  • To increase the knowledge of students in improving their holistic health and wellbeing


  • Students and families increase feeling of social inclusion
  • Participants increase literacy skills
  • Participants have a greater understanding on how to increase holistic health and wellbeing

The Blues Foundation acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.