We have a strong belief that if we can nurture our staff and students’ personal wellbeing there will be a flow on effect in the classroom performance. Martin Seligman’s book, Flourish (2011), has been the catalyst for a staff wellbeing project based on the PERMA principles (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment). The success of this project has ensured a comprehensive implementation of Positive Education in every classroom.
Each of these elements is essential to our wellbeing and satisfaction with life. Together, they form the foundation upon which we can build a happy and flourishing life.
Training your mind to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.
Positive Emotions are an essential part of our wellbeing. Happy people look back on the past with gladness; look into the future with hope; and enjoy and cherish the present.
Using and improving your personal strengths to carry out each task to the best of your ability.
When we focus on doing the things we truly enjoy and care about, we can begin to engage completely with the present moment and enter the state of being known as ‘flow’. In Positive Psychology, ‘flow’ describes a state of utter, blissful immersion in the present moment.
Creating and maintaining harmonious, fulfilling relationships.
Everyone needs someone. We enhance our wellbeing and share it with others by building strong relationships with the people around us – family, friends, classmates and neighbours.
Belonging to and serving something bigger than one’s self.
We are at our best when we dedicate our time to something greater than ourselves. This could be religious faith, community work, family, a political cause, a charity, a professional or creative goal.
Striving for and achieving success.
Everyone needs to win or achieve sometimes. To achieve wellbeing and happiness we must be able to look back on our lives with a sense of accomplishment: ‘I did it, and I did it well’.
Interesting articles that may be of interest to families (click on links)
Anxious parents are ruining childhood for their little over-achievers. It’s time to slow down theage.com.au http://m.theage.com.au/comment/comment-tosca-looby–on-slow-parenting-20150810-givjzv.html
BUILD SELF-RESPECT, NOT SELF-ESTEEM
Were you to ask a random selection of individuals whether young people with high self-esteem perform better academically than young people with low self-esteem, the majority would probably respond in the affirmative. But they’d be wrong.
Oakleigh Primary School Choir
Children from Years 3-6 are encouraged to join the School Choir. Our choir has performed at a range of venues, from the OPS Community Market, our school Christmas Carols and the Annual Oakleigh Carols in the Park.