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.

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 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 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?