I do everything with excitement and energy.

An approach to life –also known as zest and vitality


When in doubt, take action!


Exhibiting enthusiasm could involve:

-Actively participating by asking questions or listening closely

-Showing enthusiasm through smiles or excited comments

-Invigorating others around you

-Exercise is a great way to use the strength of zest.

I love the enthusiasm of Matt in this clip! 🙂


Today our class farewelled a very special person. Miss Dix has been our student teacher for the past three weeks and we loved having the opportunity to express our gratitude towards her. We were all able to thank her for the different impacts she has had. Gratitude was expressed to Miss Dix  for many different things, but the ones that shone through included her kindness, helpfulness, clear explanations and her humour.

We made a card and had a group hug. The best thing about Miss Dix leaving is we know that she will be coming back in Term 4 and that she is going to come on camp with us!

What are you grateful for?

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

I notice and enjoy the beauty, skill and excellence involved in
things around me.

Motto: Find beauty in nature, art, ideas, and people.
Key Concepts
There are three types of goodness for which individuals high in Appreciation
of Beauty and Excellence are responsive to:
-Physical beauty. This may be visual, auditory, tactile, or abstract. This type
of goodness produces awe and wonder in the individual experiencing it.
-Skill or talent (excellence). This is often energizing, and makes the
individual want to pursue their own goals. It produces admiration.
-Virtue or moral goodness (moral beauty). Virtual goodness makes the
individual want to be better, more loving, and produces feelings of

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is about the physical beauty that abounds in nature.

Japanese Carp Kites

In cultural studies the grade 3s made Carp Kites.

Kites have a long history in Japan, where they’ve been used for thousands of years.

Row of colorful carp kites flying in the breeze
image of carp kites

One special Japanese kite is the koinobori or carp kite. A carp is a fish, and the koinobori kite represents a colorful, ornamental freshwater carp called a koi. The flag is shaped like a fish with its open mouth attached to a pole and its tail fluttering free in the wind. The koi is revered in Japanese culture, where it’s regarded as a symbol of strength, energy, and courage and you’re likely to see them on display swimming in ponds in Japanese gardens. You may wonder how a fish can represent courage. Well, koi are vigorous and powerful. They can swim upstream in rivers, which isn’t east to do because it requires the fish to fight the current.


Which Character Strengths do the Japanese Carp Kites represent?



I treat everyone equally. I give everyone a fair chance.

Treat people the way you want to be treated.
How to behave in a fair way:

Take Turns.
Tell the truth.
Play by the rules.
Think about how your actions will affect others.
Listen to people with an open mind.
Don’t blame others for your mistakes.
Don’t take advantage of other people.
Don’t play favourites.


I really enjoyed watching this animation about treating every equally.

Self Control – Positive Coping

Helping students to learn a range of positive coping skills will allow them to develop and practise
these skills and enable them to cope with future changes and challenges.

Positive self-talk is a key strategy for coping with negative thoughts, emotions, and events. Resilience research shows that use of positive self-talk is associated with greater persistence in the face of challenge, whereas negative self-talk is associated with higher levels of distress, depression and anxiety. Positive self-talk can be learnt or strengthened through practise.


“The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires is a great example of a person using positive self talk to persist in the face of challenge. Have a look at this stop motion animation put together by Elmwood School in Ottawa (Canada).


Friendship means being a good friend to others and understanding that your friends have thoughts and feelings.

Within the VIA Character Strengths this is listed as “Social Intelligence” and falls under the category of humanity; strengths that manifest in caring relationship with others. Social awareness is about what we sense about others and what we do with our awareness.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a heartwarming book that encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show us how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by “filling buckets.”


There are many books that emphasise the concept of friendship. Which one is your favourite?