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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2018
SCHOLARSHIP Think positively At The Rockhampton Grammar School, we are encouraging the belief that wellbeing should be at the heart of education. As such, we are implementing a whole-school approach to Positive Education by developing our own unique model that will be imbedded into our current pastoral care program. “This means the principles of personal wellbeing will not only be taught to students, but eventually also to parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, and the wider community,” said Mrs Allison Wright, Head of Year 11. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001). Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play (Positive Psychology Centre, 2016). Four of the major aims of Positive Psychology are: • Rise to life’s challenges, make the most of setbacks and adversity • Engage and relate to other people • Find fulfilment in creativity and productivity • Look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction, and wisdom (Keyes & Haidt, 2004) Positive Education brings the science of Positive Psychology together with best teaching practice to support the flourishing of individuals and institutions. Globally there is a growing interest in Positive Education, as educators acknowledge the need for programmes with a greater focus on the well- being of students and teachers in schools. Many components of Positive Education are already addressed in pastoral programmes at RGS, however, in 2018 the School will launch a whole school approach to Positive Education. Among other activities, this will involve a full audit of current well-being/ pastoral programmes, training of selected staff members to lead the programme and the introduction of a professional development programme for all staff members. www.rgs.qld.edu.au/breakfast Action against bullying and violence RGS students recently stopped to reflect on the impacts bullying can have on people. On Friday 16 March, Australian schools stood united in their communities to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. At our School, we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone. Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or carers to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying. You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone. If your child talks to you about bullying: 1. Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child. 2. Reassure your child. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. 3. Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. 4. Visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. 5. Contact the School. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that RGS wants to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s Head of Year. Contact the School immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety. 6. Check in regularly with your child. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings. If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! website for parents. Please contact the School should you wish to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying. Note the School’s Policy on Bullying and related issues may be found in the Parent Handbook (RGS website) and the Student Diary, pages 100-101. CHARACTER Going the distance RGS Primary School teacher Stephanie Ruddick (pictured) welcomes the opportunity to help RGS students from Years 4 to 6 improve their swimming during Term 1 and Term 4. The RGS Stroke Development Lessons are designed to help students with their water confidence and stroke development, mainly focusing on freest yle, backstroke and diving. A goal for all the teachers is for the students to feel comfortable to participate in the RGS Primary School Swimming Carnival in Term 4. “ Bullying no way!” say Year 10 students Jaden Lim and Logan Stumer. 8 Introducing a brand new magazine to help you navigate the digital world! Look out in the mail and on-line for our first sister publication, filled with indispensible information and advice on managing your family’s e-world! Coming soon!
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