Positive Education

POSITIVE EDUCATION

The wellbeing of our children and their families is a priority. Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology, developed by Professor Martin Seligman with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. Flourishing is a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’. Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist children to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

This year we will be focusing on developing the following strategies which, help to build positive emotion:

Bucket Filling — encourages positive behaviour as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness and
gratitude. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and
words on the wellbeing of others and ourselves.

• Specks of Gold — intentionally looking for, noticing and being grateful for the good things that happen in our
day — the ‘specks of gold’. We will encourage children to look for at least three specks of gold each day.

• Mindfulness — being aware of the present and acknowledging our surroundings, thoughts and feelings. We
will develop mindfulness through daily practice including guided meditations, mindful walks and other exercises
that involve focusing on the different senses.

• Mindsets — refers to our own views about our ability to learn. We will be encouraging children to develop a
growth mindset by understanding that their brain is like a muscle that can grow, change and get stronger
through persevering, putting in effort, not giving up and giving things a try.

• Character Strengths – are the positive parts of our personality that impact how we think, feel and behave and
are the keys to us being our best self. Character strengths reflect the “real” us – who we are at our core.
Every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. We will be learning about each of the character strengths (e.g. hope, zest, perseverance, kindness, love, etc.) and will encourage children to identify the character strengths in themselves and others and use them to reflect on their learning.