Persistence and Growth Mindset

WHAT IS GROWTH MINDSET? (from big life journal)

We all have beliefs about our own abilities and potential. These beliefs are part of our mindset which is so powerful it can fuel our behaviour and predict our success. Mindset shapes our everyday lives, helping us interpret our experiences and future possibilities.

In her research at Stanford University, Dr. Carol Dweck identified two different types of mindsets. Growth mindset occurs when we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved upon with effort and the right strategies.

A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are all characteristics associated with a growth mindset. Not surprisingly, this type of mindset is strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life.

In contrast, those with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence and abilities cannot be altered in a meaningful way. As a result, mistakes are often seen as failures rather than opportunities to grow and learn. When stuck in a fixed mindset, we may fear new experiences, avoid risks, and feel the need to repeatedly prove ourselves over and over.

The best thing about knowing about a growth mindset is knowing that you have the power to change your brain!

Your brain is like a muscle and the connections (neural pathways) between areas of your brain strengthen and grow with practise.

This clip explains the process…

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain….


Fairness – Positive Relationships

This week we will be examining positive and fair relationships between males and females. Research has shown that by modelling and developing empathy is pivotal in preventing discrimination and unfairness in relationships between males and females. People who understand what is right and what is wrong are more likely to treat others with respect and fairness.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch………
Princess Elizabeth is about to marry Prince Roland when a dragon kidnaps the prince and destroys her castle, burning all of her clothes. With nothing to wear but a paper bag, Elizabeth valiantly saves her prince – who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance. But Elizabeth doesn’t care that she doesn’t fit the perfect picture of a princess.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: True princesses are true to themselves.


Friendship and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Although NAIDOC week was last week, this is an opportunity for us to celebrate Aboriginal culture through our character strength; Friendship.

This year’s NAIDOC Week highlighted that Australia is one of the few liberal democracies around the world which still does not have a treaty or treaties or some other kind of formal acknowledgement or arrangement with its Indigenous minorities.

In this film, young Aboriginal people talk about Aboriginal women who have inspired them.