Saturday, 26 May 2018

Whanau Day--Character Strength Exploration

We had a hugely successful Whanau Day on Friday and a big part of that was the fantastic parent involvement on the day! Thanks so much to everyone who came, got involved and helped out! 

A core tenant of the Positive Education Model is learning about your character strengths.  On Friday, we spent the whole day in whanau groups working across the school unpacking 4 -5 strengths.
The VIA Institute explains the proven benefits of knowing your strengths:
Children worked in mixed groups with parents and teachers and senior students unpacking strengths through literacy, role play, art, music, PE, dance, science and more.
We explored fairness through playing some games where random people had certain advantages, while others had disadvantages.  This sparked some interesting conversations and ideas.
During our whanau day we explored the character strength of curiosity. We are exploring different objects and thinking about what they could be used for.

During our whanau day we explored the character strength of leadership. We are discussing the qualities of a leader.....what a good leader is and what a good leader isn’t.

We explored Prudence and created a movie script and a film illustrating what it is to be prudent.  

We talked about what kinds of things are zest builders and busters.
We explored Love of Learning by doing science experiments and trying to make slime!

We explored Creativity by learning how to weave flax birds!

We explored Forgiveness by thinking of things that make us angry ....
  .... and then practising letting them go and physically throwing them away.  We then followed this up with some "Let it Go," meditation. 

This is just a snip-it of the many different activities and strengths that were explored on Friday.  But ultimately after the exploration each group created artworks to visually represent 1 of the strengths they had learned about all day.  These will be collated to create our own WBS Character Strength Poster similar to this:

Here are some of the works in progress:

Stay tuned for the final product!

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