Positive Education at Mullum Primary School brings together the science of positive psychology and best practice teaching and learning to support students, staff, parents and the community to flourish.
Mullum Primary School has partnered with Maroondah City Council to implement Positive Education to positively impact the wellbeing of young people across Maroondah. We have a focus on teaching specific skills that strengthen relationships, which build positive emotions, enhance resilience and promote mindfulness, all contributing to valuable life long skills.
Our 2021 year of Positive Education has started with a focus on kindness. Kindness is a type of behaviour marked by acts of friendliness, generosity, consideration, or concern for others.
This year in Positive Education, we are building up our friendship skills following the UR Strong Program. This is a whole school strategy that is all about empowering kids with friendship skills while providing the adults in their lives, both parents and teachers, with a common language to support them. Kids learn what’s normal in a friendship, the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships and how to manage conflict with kid-friendly concepts.
Term 2 at Mullum focuses on the character strength Fairness.
"Fair Doesn’t Mean Equal"
“That’s not fair,” has been said by every child sooner or later because everyone does not get the same thing.
Fairness at school and at home
Understanding the concept of fairness is critical in a young person’s life, but is especially important in school where they are amongst peers that they can compare themselves to. In the classroom, some children will receive accommodations to help them meet their academic or behavioural goals.
Some children will inevitably receive more adult attention through special services. As children become more exposed to the concept of fairness or in other words equity, they will grow to be more considerate of others’ needs and more aware of their own.
At home, this is also applicable to sibling relationships. A younger sibling or a baby will need more attention because they are less independent and need more adult care. This is an opportunity to remind the older child that although it feels unfair, you are trying to give everyone what they need to be well.