The Learning and Wellbeing Framework for all Queensland state schools plays a vital role in supporting student wellbeing within the school context and highlights that schools can influence both learning and wellbeing. At QAHS we declare our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. https://qahs.eq.edu.au/our-academy/health-wellbeing/
Evidence suggests that there is an undisputed scientific link between wellbeing in schools amongst staff and students and increase in academic results. To promote wellbeing in our school, Positive Psychology is used as the research grounding.
Psychology can be considered an umbrella term for the multifaceted disciplines of scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Positive Psychology is a call for psychological science and practice to be as concerned with building the best things in our lives as with repairing what is not working well, and as concerned with strength as with weakness. Positive Psychology is a branch of Psychology that specifically looks at applied approaches to optimal human flourishing, “It includes 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:
1. Rise to life’s challenges, bounce forward through setbacks/ adversity
2. Engage and relate to other people
3. Find fulfilment in creativity and productivity
4. Look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction, and wisdom (Keyes & Haidt, 2004)Further to this, Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. To flourish is a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’ developing student wellbeing and promoting happiness. At QA, our students are learning how to strengthen their relationships, enhance personal resilience and explore what it means to be a global citizen through Positive Education. Growing evidence reveals Positive Education can lower anxiety, boost self-esteem and help young people achieve more at school.
Over the coming weeks, we will showcase our commitment to the Health and Wellbeing of staff and students through campus news articles promoting the culture of gratitude, the importance of recognising our top Character Strengths and cultivating a benefit mindset. http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths
Mrs Alita Blackmur
A/HOD Student Services
Health and Wellbeing Coordinator