Student Wellbeing through Positive Psychology

Our Positive Education Model is characterised by 5 elements – Engagement, Connection, Accomplishment, Emotional Intelligence and health. These areas are brought to life through the programs, curriculum and culture of our school.

Engagement –A focus on Engagement encourages curiosity, pursuing interests, developing mindfulness and experiencing flow. Concentrating on Character Strengths assists in developing higher levels of student wellbeing.

Connection – Connections are developed by fostering positive relationships and the development of strong friendships. Connections are strengthened by the creation of an environment that places cohesion and inclusion

Accomplishment – A focus on Accomplishment is brought about through opportunities for goal setting and experiencing success. Having ambition and self determination boosts accomplishment.

Emotional Intelligence – A focus on Emotional Intelligence enhances self awareness, empathy, self regulation and motivation. The development of resilience, optimism and a growth mindset assists in the development of Emotional Intelligence.

Health – A focus on Health is centred around students having well-balanced nutrition, positive sleep patterns and engaging in regular physical activity. Exhibiting a strong sense of safety, positive mental health possessing high levels of digital awareness contributes to overall health.

Over the past three years, our school has developed a comprehensive Student Wellbeing Framework. This framework serves as a guiding principle for promoting and enhancing the overall wellbeing of students. In the process of its development, we have incorporated the findings of Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck, Dr Helen Street, Vygotsky and Piaget from the field of Positive Psychology and child development, ensuring that our approach is grounded in evidence-based research.

Further detail can be found in our comprehensive Student Wellbeing Framework which outlines our holistic approach to wellbeing and managing student behaviour:

“Contextual wellbeing in school is a state of health, happiness and positive engagement in learning that arises from membership of an equitable, inclusive and cohesive school environment.” Helen Street



St Francis of Assisi Primary School Wodonga was previously known as Frayne College. This name change took place at the end of 2015.



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