Testimonials2019-05-10T19:15:32+11:00

Testimonials

Below are some of the kind words people have shared after attending my workshops and training programs.

Thanks again for a fabulous presentation last Friday. I left feeling challenged, encouraged, uplifted and proud to be a teacher. This was definitely one of the best Professional Development sessions I’ve attended in my teaching career.

Hailey Hoey, Pine Rivers State High School

Chris,

I wanted to wait until I had all the parent comments before I wrote to tell you what a FANTASTIC night we had last Wednesday. As well as the comments in the school newsletter, I have had many parents come and tell me what an impact the night has had on them. Many have asked why it is not a couple of nights? Do you run parent sessions?

Many, many thanks Chris for your time and energy, together with your brilliant knowledge and expertise. (really!!)

Kerri Glowacki Watsonia North PS

Hi Chris,

Ben Vevers here. I was at your workshop yesterday afternoon in Rosebud. I thought it was brilliant. You are such an inspiration with the way you present. Thank you. I have a couple of swamp dwellers I need you to take care of but will save that for a later date!

I have attached a photo of the scene I arrived in this morning. Had to take a shot of it but did not record any of the language used. Lorraine used all her skills and positive self talk to improve the situation.

Thanks again

Ben Vevers Grade 5/6 B Teaching and Learning Mt Eliza, 3930

Hi Chris,

We had some great verbal feedback, and staff here thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and felt they had all come away with some new ways of looking at things. Some that attended felt affirmed, which is also a great thing to hear, and others talked about the workshop helping them to reflect on their own practices. Personally, I liked the humour and anecdotes, and how you scaffolded the points. The presentation made a lot of sense, and challenged a few people I think, particularly in regards to how much they do for their children, and how they try to avoid their children having any failures or learning opportunities.

I have attached a couple of photos from the night.

Thank you once again.
Regards,

Nichole Russell Health Promotion Officer , Moorabool Shire Council

Hi Chris,

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful presentation this afternoon. The time just flew !! As I am a teacher aide at St. Finbars, sometimes the topics are not aimed at us, more so to the teachers. But as teacher aides we work with the children that need building up, working out how to deal with conflicts, being resilient and teaching them independence. Sometimes we have to work with the parents on the last !!!

I just loved your smiley face and positive manner. I’m ready to take on whatever comes my way tomorrow.

Thanks again

Joanne Morgan St Finbar’s PS

Just a quick note to thank you for your delivery and presentation on the last day of term. A number of staff quietly came up and thanked me for organising the day. They were very relieved that we had revisited this topic. Interesting to note that they were surprised that others were surprised about why we needed to run such a session.

Again my thanks for your professionalism and insight into this tricky topic. On a personal note, you have given me much to reflect and work on.

Kindest regards

Steve Cook Principal , Box Hill Senior Secondary College

I very much enjoyed the PD given by Chris Daicos. It has made me reflect on how I often jump to conclusions without being open to considering other possibilities for certain action by others. What Chris has suggested makes complete sense to me and I will try to follow the steps of the approach – it will require practice, but Chris has modelled the approach beautifully during the PD, and I know what to aim for.

Richard Russell (Grade 4 teacher), Kingston Heath Primary school

Hi Chris,

The day was brilliant! Loved it!!! It was really empowering for teachers in understanding that they can make a difference. I really liked the way you explained how resilience and confidence cannot be taught, they are an outcome and that resilience and confidence comes from experiencing success.

Amanda McLean , Brighton Primary School

Hi Chris,

Thanks ever so much for your sessions yesterday. It was excellent and very engaging. I have had so much feedback from the group on how good it was. I am hoping to run another session later in the year, perhaps this time with the whole staff.

Kind Regards,

Wendy Eames Business Manager , Somerville Secondary College

What a great way to spend an evening. Not a lecture, but a light-hearted reflection of why kids play up. I saw so much of myself that I have to question myself before I question my children in the future. Rather confronting, but would suggest that in order for my kids to change their attitude, I need to change mine. Now that’s a tough job, but I hope I can make some positive progress and in turn encourage my kids to do the same. I really appreciate that St Leonard’s arranged this evening and recommend that everybody look out for another session anytime in the future.

Cheers,

Patrick Gibbs SAP Lead Consultant , Project Titan: HRPAY@Telstra Project APEX: People Express@Telstra

I laughed so hard and learnt so much. Christine was a very clever and insightful speaker – with excellent suggestions to help parents gain a deeper understanding of why children behave as they do. I enjoyed her positive message and practical suggestions to help parents keep a step ahead, not just be responsive and keep long term goals in mind which benefit all the family.

Kind regards,

Katrina O’Leary, Parent Forum

The 2019 Foundation parent body, having made it (just!) through drop off Number 1, was fortunate to be introduced that morning to the erudite and ebullient Chris Daicos. Demonstrating with clarity and humour our triumphs and, ahem, possible shortcomings, in the course of readying kids for school, Chris’s presentation on building resilience in children offered a refreshing review on how to frame the future, grasp daily opportunities to foster our kids’ social competence and their capacity to problem solve for themselves. The message of how to trust and partner with our teachers and school to achieve that autonomy was heartening. We left armed with a range of tools with which to successfully navigate parenting a primary student for the next seven years.

Amy & Geoff Cowap Montmorency PS, Your Content Goes Here
What a truly engaging and powerful learning experience you gave us. I was enthralled and really felt reinvigorated to continue my journey as a young leader in education.
You also inspired me to stay focused as a curious learner and continue to explore various learning experiences and pathways in and out of a school setting. I believe it is so important to have a variety of life and career experience to have the biggest impact in education. I actually often think about the political or department level influence I could have and wonder what I might achieve.
What I think I can take from your presentation is to be a confident figure when having difficult conversations. To be myself with people at higher levels and trust my instinct and my ability to get her and use evidence.
Mathew Sortiino, Aspiring Leaders Program _ Challenging Conversations

Thanks for yesterday. Our aspirant team absolutely loved it and gave us great feedback at the end of the day. I hope they have sent the same to you J

We love working with you Chris. Your enthusiasm, passion and engaging facilitation makes your presentations fun and thoughtful.

Chris Beare, Campus Principal – Early Years The Lakes South Morang P-9 School
What a truly engaging and powerful learning experience you gave us. I was enthralled and really felt reinvigorated to continue my journey as a young leader in education.
You also inspired me to stay focused as a curious learner and continue to explore various learning experiences and pathways in and out of a school setting. I believe it is so important to have a variety of life and career experience to have the biggest impact in education. I actually often think about the political or department level influence I could have and wonder what I might achieve.
What I think I can take from your presentation is to be a confident figure when having difficult conversations. To be myself with people at higher levels and trust my instinct and my ability to get her and use evidence.
Mathew Sortino , Aspiriing Leaders Program - Open To learning Conversations

Thank you so much for your amazingly informative and engaging presentation at Camberwell High School on Tuesday. The reaction from all who attended was extremely positive and everyone thought you were absolutely fantas

Chris Jung, Camberwell High School - Parent Forum - Building Resilience in Children
Dear PFA Team,
I felt like I rambled a lot in the previous feedback and while it was good for me personally to make sense fo all that I had learnt, it was not the best in terms of articulating what was good about the workshop and Chris.   So I have revised it and feel free to shorten it further if you need to.  You can omit the entire middle paragraph and just use the last two if thats more appropriate
I write to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Parents and Friends association for inviting Chris Daicos for fantastic workshop on Building Resilience in Children & Adolescents.  I learnt so much from this one workshop, over many others I have attended on resilience, because it was hilarious, heartwarming and very practical.  It gave me hope and made me feel truly empowered.
She talks about Empathy and how to express that to create connection, so that we create Connection before Correction, which was a really poignant take away for me. Often its in this first step of connection that we fail as parents and there is a breakdown, and they shut down.  She also spoke about how failure is an integral part of success.  Bouncing back from each low point is Resilience.    Having low points is not to be avoided, as It is these very low points and struggles, that make us and our children resilient.  The key is in how we handle these low points to encourage building resilience.  
 
Chris is a  wonderful speaker and the workshop was very interactive and fun and we laughed right through it.   I highly encourage every parent to attend Chris’s workshops.  I really loved this workshop and I hope she reaches many many parents and their children with her amazing empathy and clarity.
Kind Regards,
Shalin
Shalini ( parent ), Camberwell High School Parent Forum - Building Resilience in Children

Thank you so much Chris!

Last night was wonderful, I have had lots of positive feedback from staff about how valuable the session was already. (And how “The time flew by as [you] are so engaging as a presenter and easy to listen to!”).
I will be in contact to organise next year’s session with our Prep parents soon.
As a Prep teacher I was so grateful for this year’s presentation and believe it’s a must for the beginning of next year!
Lucy Cardwell - Prep Teacher, Yarraville PS - Parent Forum

I write to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Parents and Friends association for inviting Chris Daicos for fantastic workshop on Building Resilience in Children & Adolescents.  I learnt so much from this one workshop, over many others I have attended on resilience, because it was hilarious, heartwarming and very practical.  It gave me hope and made me feel truly empowered. See, we all know that mindfulness, breathing,  communication, empathy etc etc… are important, but what often comes out when we speak to our kids is fear (ours for their wellbeing), fixing their problems or denial of their feelings and so much difficulty in communication.

Empathy and how to deliver that was a really poignant take away for me.  Failing and how important it is to fail, were great learnings here, because the only way we each learn, is by failing and reworking, failing and reworking our plans or skill, till we learn it.  But the reality is, that most often many of us are striving not to fail, in our pursuit for success and growth.  Funnily enough striving for success actually does require failing several times in order to finally achieve success.  So failure is an integral part of success.  We are always learning and if each time we fail we truly embrace what we learnt from it to rework our next step, instead of labelling ourselves or our kids not good enough, now that would be true resilience in practice.  Practicing problems solving and a variety of other skills without judgement was a wonderful technique she explained.  Creating a toolbox of skills for our kids to learn and practice with us, so they can draw on those was another great learning.

Yesterday after the fabulous workshop, I went up to Chris to ask her about how to deal with something and what I got from her was not that I don’t know what to do, but allowing myself to fail as I learn to do it !! Because I wont get it right the first time and it will take me many practices to get this parenting thing! 😉  But you know what its OK, because as I fail it teaches my kids that they will also fail and its ok to be vulnerable and pick yourself up and try again.  Bouncing back from each low point is Resilience.    Having low points is not to be avoided! It is these very low points and struggles, that make us resilient. Life is a Practice and building Resilience is a Practice, one of great love, trust, grit, sadness, anger, disappointment, triumph etc.  Each of these experiences gives us growth, confidence and deep fulfilment. I highly encourage every parent to attend Chris’s workshops. To Chirs I wish to say a HUGE THANK YOU.  I loved, loved, loved this workshop. You are a wonderful speaker and may you reach many many parents and consequently their children with your amazing empathy and clarity.

Shallini Christodoulou, Camberwell HS - Parent Forum - Building Resilience in Children

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