At this time of the year at school “Leadership” is on everyone’s minds as the process to choose Captains for the next year is in full swing.

People who are good leaders are able to organise their group and make sure that everyone feels included.

We can all think of people we admire who are great leaders such as our parents, family members, teachers and public figures. Nelson Mandela is one who springs to mind for me.

“The Lorax” is a great example of leadership. The main character is upstanding, inspiring and brave enough to do what’s right.

Positive bystanders are also good leaders as they stand up for what they know to be right.


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Young Leaders Clip on BTN





People who are modest let their accomplishments or positive attributes speak for themselves, whilst also recognising the work of others. It is also about realising you are just one member of a team.

Ideas to practice modesty include:

Identify a friend or family member who is humble. Consider the ways they achieve this.

Notice if you speak more than others when in a group.

Admit your mistakes, be honest.

Celebrate someone else’s success.

I’m not sure that the characters in these books demonstrate modesty – what do you think?


Creativity means thinking of new ways to do things. When faced with a problem, creative people define the issue clearly and then come up with multiple solutions.

There are so many different ways in which you can be creative. These include writing (developing ideas), art, music, craft and even using an everyday household object in a new way. The girl who thought in pictures is about Temple Grandin, a scientist who used her ability to think differently to solve some important problems. 

Kid President gets Creative!

Caine’s Arcade


Open-mindedness is thinking things through and examining them from all sides. It means being open to different people and ideas and changing your own beliefs if necessary.

Open minded people treat others fairly, they are empathetic and are good at looking at both sides of the story. They are unbiased and good at considering the views of others.

In the following stories, talk about your bias as a reader towards a tough looking pirate and how this bias changes as you get to know the character. Then, think about the bias of the mother towards the bikies.



People with wisdom are wise and understand what is important in life. Having wisdom means being able to give advice and recognising different sides before making decisions.

People with wisdom are often understanding and have a bank of knowledge or learning from the past that they use to choose from. They think before they speak or offer advice.





Persistence means I work hard to finish what I start. I don’t give up.

“If Perseverance (persistence) is your top strength, you work hard to
finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in
timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take
satisfaction in completing tasks”.

According to Angela Duckworth it is “grit” that makes people
successful. Grit is a combination of passion and persistence
(perseverance) and can grow. Grit is a bit like drive and is the secret to
outstanding achievement.


Gratitude & Mindfulness

Gratitude means being thankful for the good things that happen to you and thanking others often.

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you’re doing and taking your time.

This week why don’t you have a go at paying attention to all the things that you’re grateful for? (i.e. being mindfully thankful?) This will be sure to boost your wellbeing.

My Gratitude Jar

This is a 5 minute guided meditation for gratitude.


Problem Solving

Having a range of problem-solving skills on board enable us to cope with challenges we may fact in the future. The World Health Organisation identifies problem-solving as a key skill for health. Problem solving is about being able to think critically and evaluate the consequences of various actions.









Love as a character strength refers to the way we approach or value close loving relationships with others. Love is reciprocal which means the willingness to love others and accept love from others.

The four types of love are:

  • Attachment love: parent for child; child for parent
  • Compassionate/altruistic love: kindness
  • Companionate love: friendship
  • Romantic love: spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend  https://www.viacharacter.org/character-strengths/love



Three steps to self compassion

  1. Talk to yourself as you would your best friend (i.e. make sure your self talk is kind)
  2. Be kind to others and think kindly about others – (remember that we are all in this together)
  3. Take some time out and take three or more deep breaths (practice mindfulness)

Write a letter to yourself OR write a poster of things you can say to yourself

SF 5

Loving Kindness Meditation