Centre for Wellbeing & Positive Education
At Christ’s College we aim to create an environment where boys flourish.
Good mental health is a prerequisite for effective learning, and the Centre aims to bring positive psychology and best teaching practice together to promote good relationships, foster resilience and encourage positive lifestyle choices.
It will be embedded within the curriculum this year and taught through Year 9, 10 and 11 health programmes and through the Year 12 and Year 13 MANifesto programme.
It is a means of helping students devise their own unique GPS system or personalised road map to assist them to flourish.
“The commitment is to work with our students, engage in all aspects of their education, encourage, motivate, and support them as they develop the skills and attributes they need to thrive.”
The focus will be on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness, (being present), and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
The three focuses going into 2018 will be:
Character strengths – understanding their character strengths and how they can use them daily.
Growth mindset - having a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset! Having the will and courage to try new things, embracing failure and reinforcing the process, not the outcome.
Mindfulness – focusing on the moment and being able to express compassion and gratitude.
How will the Positive Education programme play out in 2018?
All students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will experience it directly within their health classes. Staff will lead a subtle shift in philosophy, so that implicitly through the subjects they teach, they will reflect the training they’ve already received.
Where to from here?
Already we see ourselves as a trail blazer, and in the future want to be a training centre for New Zealand, a scientific research ‘hub’ for those from diverse institutions and backgrounds, and a training facility for other schools.