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Positive Education

What is Positive Education?

Positive Education is a whole school community initiative that promotes:

  • Positive Relationships
  • Positive Emotion
  • Positive Health
  • Positive Engagement
  • Positive Accomplishment
  • Positive Purpose

Positive Education is directly linked to the outcomes and benefits of Positive Psychology.

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a research and evidence-based branch of human psychology that focuses on an individual’s character development that enhances social, emotional, academic, professional and civic growth to enable a person to thrive.

Why introduce Positive Education?

Psychological studies have demonstrated that an optimistic outlook can be taught to school students. By encouraging our School community to focus on “what is going well” in life, enhances social and emotional growth, academic outcomes and, above all, allows all students to thrive.

What are the benefits of Positive Education?

What does the Positive Education program aim to achieve?

Positive Education aims to produce well-rounded and resilient individuals who possess a unique capability to thrive personally, academically and professionally and who are well-equipped to contribute to society in a satisfying and meaningful way. Positive Education is not a solution to every problem but helps to develop life skills for positive living beyond the classroom.

What are the benefits of Positive Education?

Positive Education is the foundation that enables every student to become a gracious, thoughtful, productive and meaningful citizen who will continue to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

How is Positive Education incorporated into the School Day?

Positive Education is the framework that supports our Pre-Prep to Year 12 Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Program. The program focuses on providing students and staff with the skills needed to manage and cope with everyday opportunities and challenges in our ever-changing world.

All staff and students participate in a range of explicit and implicit programs, initiatives and activities that focus on mindfulness, journaling, gratitude and optimism to promote an innate understanding, acknowledgement and appreciation of their personal character strengths.

Our strengths-based approach focuses on six Educational Domains and 24 universally and morally accepted character strengths.

Six Educational Domains:

  1. Positive Relationships
    The Positive Relationships domain recognises the importance of connectedness and thriving relationships. It helps students to develop social and emotional skills that nourish relationships with self and others.
  2. Positive Emotion
    The Positive Emotion domain focuses on the importance of helping students to anticipate, initiate, experience, prolong and build positive emotional experiences as well as how to respond to negative emotions in a healthy way.
  3. Positive Health
    The Positive Health domain focuses on helping students develop sustainable habits for optimal physical and psychological health that are developed from a sound knowledge base.
  4. Positive Engagement
    The Positive Engagement domain focuses on helping students understand and experience complete immersion in activities as peak experiences through understanding the nature of engagement, the pathways to it and the function it has in individual wellbeing.
  5. Positive Accomplishment
    The Positive Accomplishment domain aims to develop individual potential through striving for and achieving meaningful outcomes.
  6. Positive Purpose
    The Positive Purpose domain involves understanding, believing in and serving something greater than yourself and deliberately engaging in activities for the benefit of others.