The Rites of Passage Institute understands that schools need to be much more than a place where the overarching goal is a final academic outcome. Research conducted by MMG Education showed that a focus on student wellbeing was just as important as the quality of teaching when it came to the reason why parents chose a particular school. We are watching an unfolding tragedy as record numbers of young people globally are struggling with mental health issues and feelings of hopelessness about the future. This affliction affects those from all demographics and has immeasurable long term consequences at all levels.

Research from the National University of Singapore shows that final academic outcomes are not the sole major determinant of a student’s future success. 21st Century Life skills including resilience, a growth mindset and having a purpose beyond self are increasingly relevant. With the rapidly increasing impact of technology and artificial intelligence, human qualities are what will differentiate those who can truly thrive in the future.

We have created Transformational Education to support students’ wellbeing throughout their educational journey. By threading the Rites of Passage framework into the Wellbeing Curriculum, and designing Rites of Passage camps at key milestone moments in the students’ experience, we are able to support your students to strengthen their sense of self, discover their potential, build resilience and create healthy relationships.

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By integrating and applying the framework, it has been proven to assist teens navigate their changing identities and understand the physical and psychological transitions they are experiencing. All of this happens while also learning constructive ways to manage emotions such as anger, frustration, jealousy and disappointment, and that it is ok to show emotions and seek help when needed.

With the safety created through a Rites of Passage, students can develop positive connections with peers, parents and staff and gain essential life skills for adulthood such as emotional communication, setting boundaries, developing healthy coping skills, reflecting on their own experiences, and cognitive and spiritual development.

The greatest impact comes when we work closely with schools to create a Continuum of Care specific to their community that involves the entire community of students, parents and staff.



We offer a range of options throughout the consultation process, to educate and empower the whole school community of staff, teachers and parents, in understanding how to play their vital and important role in safeguarding the wellbeing of our youth.


Implementing Rites of Passage (ROP) in your School will help students to thrive by creating a sense of community where they feel safe and enabled to grow and develop.

I have gained a better idea of adulthood and formed greater friendships in my unit.

Yr 9 Student

Geelong Grammar Timbertop Campus, Merrijig
As a father and a headmaster, Arne’s work in adolescent development has informed both my parenting style and my attitude to teaching and learning. I was thrilled to be able to engage Arne to deliver workshops and seminars to BGS staff, parents and boys as part of the School’s wider commitment to student wellbeing.

Ross Featherston

Headmaster, Brighton Grammar School, Melbourne
Keep doing this amazing work you do because I know you change lives every day and it is truly extraordinary I cannot express how much I needed this.

Yr 11 Student

A.B Paterson College, Gold Coast
The Rites of Passage Institute have developed and operated stimulating workshops for staff and students at Penola Catholic College throughout 2018. Their intimate understanding of adolescents in the contemporary world shapes their programs to cultivate strategies for student self-management and genuine personal growth. We have seen improved self-awareness and levels of maturity in our students, supporting them to navigate through a challenging world.

Ernie Pisani

Deputy Principal (Student Wellbeing), Penola Catholic College, Melbourne
I learnt a lot about others and the people who took it made everyone feel safe and secure.

Yr 10 Student

Penola Catholic College, Melbourne