“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” (Aristotle)
In schools we value teaching students mainstream curriculum subjects which include Reading, Writing, Maths and ICT (Information Computer Technology), to name a few. We teach children these subjects to enable them to be “literate” in a range of subject matters.
More recently, many schools, including Barwon Heads Primary School teach wellbeing literacy explicitly during Positive Education sessions. Wellbeing literacy is the language that we use around wellbeing. It encompasses words and how we communicate wellbeing as individuals and within organisations.
By understanding the language of wellbeing we are enabled to interpret our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. To intentionally improve our wellbeing, it helps to have a level of wellbeing literacy. Knowing what words such as empathy, resilience, kindness, mindfulness, persistence and growth mindset mean gives us the ability to identify these states in ourselves and understand them in others.
Many schools encourage students to set goals in the main areas of the curriculum and to set these, it is necessary to have a level of literacy or understanding of those subject areas. At Barwon Heads Primary School, our set of positive statements are a tool from which students select their own, personalised, wellbeing goals to stand alongside their reading, writing and maths goals.