I accept, understand and empathise with others.

  • show respect to teachers and classmates
  • be a positive bystander
  • be a bucket filler
  • be open minded towards others and their ideas.
  • take responsibility when I make a mistake
  • forgive others
  • be kind to everyone
  • work to fix relationships
  • make sure that everyone feels included

Stop, pause and discuss what each of these stories in this animation represents in terms of relationships. (Grades 3-6)


What makes a good friend (Grades F-2)


Reading of the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”


What do you do to build strong friendships?




I make the most of my learning opportunities

  • be enthusiastic towards my learning
  • tune in to instruction and tasks
  • use the Learning Focus and Success Criteria
  • make the most of conferencing time with my teacher
  • do my best to achieve flow when doing activities I enjoy most
  • focus on my school work


Ho can you be more engaged with you learning?

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?

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.




I do everything with excitement and energy.

An approach to life –also known as zest and vitality


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! 🙂

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.

Which Character Strengths do the Japanese Carp Kites represent?