Character Strengths

At Holy Family both staff and students are encouraged to identify, reflect upon and develop their character strengths as part of our focus on positive psychology. All staff and upper primary students (survey is available for 10+ years and adults) take the VIA Character Strengths Survey. The survey  produces an individualised report listing one’s character strengths in order of strength.

Research shows that VIA character strengths can be used to address a variety of life challenges and achieve positive personal and professional outcomes:

  • be happier
  • strengthen relationships
  • manage relationships
  • boost confidence
  • reduce stress
  • accomplish goals

Parents interested in taking the free survey should click here. The survey is available in a wide variety of languages.

In Year 3, we use simplified descriptions of the character strengths as follows:



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