Fairness and Positive Relationships

People who are fair treat everyone equally and give everyone a fair chance. Fairness is also about working cooperatively and applying rules fairly. People who are equitable treat males and females equally and have respect for all regardless of their gender. Another aspect of fairness is being a positive bystander.

This clip is about respecting others…

The above clip is about equal pay for men and women, but it is also about gender equity.

Please share your views below!

Hope and setting goals

Hope means looking forward to the future and believing that good things will happen.

It also means that you expect the best in the future, and you work hard to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

We can combine hope with Goal Setting. As students, setting and achieving goals is an important part of learning and feeling a sense of worth.

Kid President’s message of hope 🙂

What are your goals? What are you doing to achieve your goals?

Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships at Barwon Heads PS

Barwon Heads PS is a school that prides itself on the respect that we show for others.  We are supported by the Respectful Relationships initiative, driven by “Our Watch” which was established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that can lead to injustices against women and children. Respectful Relationships work will complement and enhance our Positive Education program, increase the student’s and school community’s perceptions of what it means to be a truly accepting society.

Research shows that children become aware of gender norms at an early age so it is important to commence work on building positive gender relationships within these early years. The program is in direct response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which recommended Respectful Relationships, be introduced to all schools to change attitudes and reduce the prevalence of family violence in future generations.

Classroom activities are used to help children explore gender identity, challenge stereotypes and to learn to value and show respect for diversity and difference. We can examine gender stereotypes through literature and we can model respect for everyone, regardless of their differences or gender.

We are also aiming to promote respectful relationships in our community by organising a community forum to discuss how other organisations in the community address the subject of respectful relationships.

WE ARE A RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS SCHOOL

We value and respect others for who they are regardless of gender.

We build respectful relationships with all members of our school and community.

We are helping create a world where everyone feels safe, respected and included. 

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness means letting go of hard feelings like anger, sadness and frustration that can happen when you or someone else makes a mistake. It is a form of compassion.

To focus on forgiveness rather finding a solution can enhance positive coping skills. An example of an excellent coping mechanism is exercising while reframing negative thought patterns into positive ones. Getting social support from others and practicing mindfulness are also good coping strategies.

Why do you think it’s important to forgive others?

Persistence – Growth Mindset and Grit

This week we will be focussing on having a Growth Mindset. I have written about the concept of Growth Mindset on this blog before, but in order to grow and succeed, it is important to keep working on things, to keep trying, to try new things and literally grow your brain. Having a growth mindset is about attitude too and not giving up when something seems too hard.

Grit is about having the courage and strength to keep trying, even when things are challenging. I guess you could think of grit as being like stamina.

 

 

Can you think of an example of when you have used Grit and/or a growth mindset?

Self Belief

Self-Belief and Gender Equity.

This topic is an important component of  Respectful Relationships teaching because research shows that children become aware of gender norms at an early age and as they learn about gender they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes such as insisting that some games are for boys and some for girls. This means it is important to commence work on building positive gender relationships within these early years.

Classroom activities can be used to help children explore gender identity, challenge stereotypes and to learn to value and show respect for diversity and difference. We can examine gender stereotypes through literature and we can model respect for everyone, regardless of their differences or gender.

People who show respect for others have self belief and they give others the opportunity to have self belief.

 

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.