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10 March 2017

posted 9 Mar 2017, 13:01 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 9 Mar 2017, 15:37 ]
Last Friday I had a self appointed deputisation arrive in my office at lunchtime. They were unhappy about a game of 'tag gone bad'. Rightly so too! In light of all of our focus on 'filling buckets', using character strengths and being 'powerful', I decided to use these as a basis for the discussion.

What was very interesting was that the entire conversation was turned on its head. The children involved discussed the strengths they and others could engage when a situation like this arises again, what was possibly being underused and or overused and how they and others could address things differently another time. In the end, the group talked of a greater need for fairness, honesty and self control. I was impressed.

Over the last 2 years or so, we have had a big emphasis on building strengths and using these to support the areas children find more challenging. You will have also seen this in action at the recent Goal Setting Meetings. This emphasis on wellbeing or what is also known as Positive Education is part of developing 'the whole child'.

This week I will be presenting our work at a Conference in Christchurch. The intention is for us to have another Positive Education Day per term as a whole school, to accompany what is happening regularly within the class programmes. I would love to share more about my study and the work we are doing at this time too...... it's a fascinating field! This short article will give more insight and here's a great one for parents about developing children's strengths.

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