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Positive Education - Discovering our Character Strengths (Issue 4 2018)

Written on the 22 March 2018

This year has seen the introduction of Positive Education as a stand-alone lesson within the health curriculum. Further to this Positive Education will be a feature of various year level focus days.

Knowing your character strengths is an integral part of Positive Education. It is not just interesting information, when applied character strengths can have a significant positive impact on your life.

Every individual possesses twenty four character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. Students and staff from across the Middle School have discovered their character strengths through an online VIA Character Strengths questionnaire. This questionnaire assisted students and adults to rank twenty four character traits in order of strength. Individual character strength profiles and class profiles are on display in many off the classrooms.

Students and staff have learnt, that just like super heroes, each one of us possess character strengths in varying degrees that make us who we are. The VIA Classification of Character Strengths is comprised of twenty four character strengths that fall under six broad virtue categories: wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence.

Classification of strengths

  • Wisdom and Knowledge: creativity, curiosity, judgment, love of learning, perspective.
  • Courage: bravery, perseverance, honesty, zest.
  • Humanity: love, kindness, social intelligence.
  • Justice: teamwork, fairness, leadership.
  • Temperance: forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation.

Identifying and using our character strength can help us and others produce positive effects when we express or strengths. Knowing the makeup of our character strengths is the first step towards living a successful and happier life. Are you interested in knowing your character strengths? If so you can discover your personalised Character Strengths Profile by taking a personality test through the VIA Survey. I invite parents to visit the questionnaire that can be found on this link and compare your character strength with your child and other members of the family and even to produce your own family profile. If you do, let me know how you went!

Joe Millemaci
Director of Students


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