In a school community with such a significant history of enduring relationships diverse achievements and pride, could things be any more positive? We believe that they can be, as we work towards our vision of creating a community of flourishing individuals.
The personal academic and social successes of our students over the years provide clear evidence of the nurturing learning that takes place both at Loreto Kirribilli and of course within our families. Research indicates that young people need more explicit personal knowledge and skills in order to equip them to grow and indeed to flourish as capable and resilient individuals.
In response to needs of our students and society generally, and in recognition of the proven effectiveness of positive psychology in many other educational institutions, work places and research studies, our wellbeing framework at Loreto Kirribilli is underpinned by Positive Education.
Positive Education has its roots in the discipline of positive psychology, which is; “the scientific study of the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people” (Gable Haidt, 2005). Positive psychology provides a rigorous scientific underpinning for the notion of ‘well-being’ which is a frequently used concept in contemporary Western culture. A positive education framework provides opportunities for students and staff to increase both their well-being and performance through specific learning experiences and the development of a shared language and understanding.
The concepts and practices of Positive Education include among many others: the understanding, appreciation and use of character strengths, and the practices of gratitude and mindfulness. These practices are but a small example of the aspects of Positive Education which support Loreto’s Ignatian spirituality, and which enables us to integrate Positive Education, wellbeing and our school’s spiritual life.