Positive Statements Media Release

Barwon Heads Primary School is launching their ‘BHPS Pos. Ed. Statements’ at assembly on the 14th of September.

A year in the making; Barwon Heads Primary School are excited to be launching their Positive Statements. Designed by students and staff, their purpose is to enhance the visibility of Positive Education, create a common language and enhance the wellbeing of those in their school community.

Barwon Heads Primary School are in their third year of practising Positive Education to improve student wellbeing and nurture happy, resilient children. The school has been leading the way for other state schools in the region in practising ‘Pos. Ed.’ which is recognised worldwide as a successful approach to increasing social and emotional learning and development.

Studies have shown that increased positive emotions lead to improved student learning.

The purpose of the statements is to make Pos. Ed. more visible in the school, provide a goal-setting tool for student personal development and identify successful behaviours and ways of thinking in the form of a collective language.

The statements encompass the five pillars of the school’s wellbeing model: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Mindfulness and Accomplishment. Each pillar has a collection of related statements that the community can refer to, enabling them to further reinforce the strengths-based approach to wellbeing.

The statements are taught, referred to in class and in the playground to encourage positive behaviour and assist students to flourish in their lives at school and beyond.

After the launch, the statements will be visible around the school in the form of posters in each classroom, banners and signage. Each family has been given their own copy to use at home.

Humour

Humour
I like to laugh and be funny and I like making others smile or laugh.
Smiling and laughing are not only fun, they’re good for your health—not just physically, but
socially and emotionally, as well.
While there is much evidence that smiling and laughing are beneficial to physical health,
they seem to have an even more powerful effect on mental health. Crawford and Caltabiano
(2011) conducted an experiment that involved the use of a group humor skills program. The
study found that participants who were “trained in humour” by the program showed
increased self-efficacy, positive thinking, optimism and perceptions of control, and
decreased negative thinking anddepression and anxiety symptoms, as compared with
untrained participants. Knowing what to say to make others laugh can actually help protect
you against common mental health problems. Most importantly, knowing your way around
humour helps reinforce a positive state of mind.
So, remember that you can use humour as a tool to get you through feeling good about life!

 

Charlie bit my finger! I felt a bit mean laughing through this but the two brothers do seem to love each other!

What makes you laugh?

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm

I do everything with excitement and energy.

An approach to life –also known as zest and vitality

Motto

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! 🙂

Gratitude

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
elevation.

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.

https://study.com/academy/lesson/japanese-carp-kites-history-meaning.html

Which Character Strengths do the Japanese Carp Kites represent?