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Meaning
One aspect of Dr Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model, the framework
that the College has adopted for Positive Education, is the concept
of ‘Meaning’. It is about finding purpose in the things we do by
serving a bigger cause than ourselves. The College provides many
opportunities for staff, students and parents to be involved in a range
of outreach and volunteer experiences. Throughout 2015, students
have been involved in various service learning programs including
regular homework tutoring for refugee children, mentoring of St
Edmund’s students, a learning exchange program with Year 10 St
Edmund’s classes, visits to provide friendship for elderly residents
at Jamieson House and the monthly Vinnies Van run to assist the
homeless of Sydney. The College has also had staff and students
involved in a range of Good Samaritan Education Mission Programs
including the Year 10 Central Australia Santa Teresa Immersion,
Year 11 Ministry Outreach Week in Sydney, Year 11 Philippines
Immersion Trip and the Staff Kirabati Immersion Trip.
Our Journey so far
Mount St Benedict College has adopted a whole school approach
to Positive Education. In 2014 all staff at the College were engaged
in teams to explore the different aspects of positive education and
were all encouraged to apply them within their lives. Lyn Worsley,
a clinical psychologist from the Resilience Centre at Epping
partnered with the College to create these opportunities.
Positive Education utilises the core principles of positive
psychology combined with best practice teaching methods to
encourage growth and learning, for the individual and for the
whole community. It is a strength based approach centred on the
belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to
cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their
experiences in all areas.
Year 10 Outreach
Earlier in 2015, all Year 10
students participated in the
Community Outreach program.
After staff members had visited
the students, they were asked
to relay some of the positive
messages of affirmation that
the organisations had said
about MSB girls. What evolved
was a “what went well” wall of
quotes and photos. More proof
of the power MSB girls can
have to make positive changes
in their community for the
betterment of others.
Gratitude
The MSB gratitude box and wall have been a fixture in the
MSB staff room and Monday morning briefing for many years
now. It began with the notion that it isn’t happiness that brings
us gratitude, it’s gratitude that brings us happiness. The
simple act of expressing gratitude to those who have made
a small or large difference in our everyday activities here at
the College, gives not just the receiver of the gratitude a good
feeling, but also the person expressing their gratitude. The
ritual of reading out the weekly contributions and leaving
them on the wall for other staff to read, spreads the sense of
gratitude throughout the community. In our pastoral care and
mission programs and in the classroom, there is chance for
our girls to express gratitude to their family, friends, teachers,
and members of their communities. When the girls have
participated in these activities, they often report an increase in
their well-being; as do the staff.
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Bennies Buzz
November 2015
Positive Education
at Mount St Benedict College
Learning exchange program with
Year 10 St Edmund’s classes
MSB support Vinnies Van
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