Another integral influence at Holy Family Catholic School is something called Character Strengths.
Every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile.
In 2IB and 2TD the children will undertake the VIA Character Strength Survey early in the year. The results of the survey will be critically dissected as students continue to investigate and understand the different Character Strengths. They will be invited to engage in learning, provocations and challenges surrounding each Strength. In turn, they will have the skills, confidence and language to identify their strengths as learners, manage challenges, improve relationships and enhance well-being.
The 24 Character Strengths are as follows;
- Creativity: Thinking of productive ways to understand and do things
- Curiosity: Finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering
- Judgment: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly
- Love of Learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, independently or collaboratively
- Perspective: Being able to provide wise advice to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people
- Bravery: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it
- Perseverance: Finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles; “getting it out the door”; taking pleasure in completing tasks
- Honesty: Speaking the truth but presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way;=, responsibility for one’s feelings and actions
- Zest: Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated
- Love: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated; being close to people
- Kindness: Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them
- Social Intelligence: Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself; knowing what to do to fit into different social situations; knowing what makes other people tick
- Teamwork: Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group; doing one’s share
- Fairness: Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.
- Leadership: Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the time maintain time good relations within the group; organizing group activities and seeing that they happen.
- Forgiveness: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting the shortcomings of others; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful
- Humility: Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is
- Prudence: Being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted
- Self-Regulation: Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one’s appetites and emotions
- Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience
- Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks
- Hope: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it; believing that a good future is something that can be brought about
- Humor: Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes
- Spirituality: Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort
You can discover your personal character strengths profile by taking the scientifically validated VIA Survey. Undertaking the survey can support you in understanding the language we use in the classroom which can then be used at home to further understanding.
How amazing would it be to able to talk to your child about their day/learning/challenges/goals using a new and exciting language!