Wellbeing Programme

& Positive Education

Wellbeing Programme & Positive Education

Utilising the Wellbeing Programme and Positive Education, the School seeks to enhance student outcomes and achievement through the development of essential 21st century skills.

These include the experience of positive emotions and strengthened relationships, mindfulness and resilience.

The programme is designed to enhance the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of each student through the application of positive education interventions, supported through rigorous research in the field of positive psychology.

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Park Campus

Years K-4

Park Campus Years K-4

Based on the theories of positive education, the Wellbeing programme at Park Campus focuses on teaching students to develop the attitudes, values and behaviours that assist in their development.

‘Professor Empowerment’ is used to encourage children to engage with positive education in a format they understand.

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Hill Campus

Years 5 to 12

Hill Campus Years 5 to 12

Student Wellbeing is centred within the vertical House system. On enrolment, each student is allocated to one of four Houses; Tyrrell, Macquarie, Shortland or Hunter. At the Hill Campus, each House is led by two Heads of House; one for Years 5 to 8 and one for Years 9 to 12. These Heads of House work with teams of Mentor Teachers, nine for each House, to ensure a strong and positive relationship is formed with each student, their family and the House and School.

Students check in with their Mentor Teacher each morning before lessons commence to ensure a positive start to each day. Each Monday and every second Thursday, students meet again with their Mentor Teacher or Head of House for Mentor Periods, during which the Wellbeing Programme is delivered.

In addition to these wellbeing sessions, students in Years 5 to 9 have regular Positive Education (PosEd) time-tabled lessons. PosEd at Newcastle Grammar School is based in the research that seeks to define authentic happiness as the outcome of feeling good within ourselves while doing good for others.

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Welcome to 2017 at Newcastle Grammar School. We, Charlotte and Zac, are very excited for what this year will entail. We feel very honoured to have been chosen for this opportunity as School Captains and see the role as a privilege and responsibility to serve the Newcastle Grammar School community and uphold its values and commitments.

As Captains, we hope to lead by example and demonstrate how approaching school with an open-mind and participating in as much as possible will really benefit everybody’s NGS experience. Newcastle Grammar School has so many opportunities on offer for every student, it is simply crazy not to make the most of them.

Throughout our time in this position, we aim to be respectful and diligent leaders who lead by example and are able to provide support to all students whenever needed. We intend to raise funds for various charities throughout the year, play an active role in engaging the students with the wider community and helping to encourage them to become active global citizens.

We thank you for the valuable contributions every member of the NGS community makes and we hope you are looking forward to 2017 as much as we are.

— Charlotte Thomas and Zachary Perry (School Captains)

Park Campus
Hill Campus
Academic Success
Student Wellbeing
Before & After School
Service Learning
Student Centred Learning
P: Positive Emotions
Habits of Mind
Habits of Wellbeing
E: Engagement
Habits of Mind
Habits of Wellbeing
R: Relationships
Habits of Mind
Habits of Wellbeing
M: Meaning & Purpose
Habits of Mind
Habits of Wellbeing
A: Accomplishment
Habits of Mind
Habits of Wellbeing
R: Resilience
Habits of Mind
Habits of Wellbeing
P: Positive Emotions — Habits of Mind

Finding humour.

Responding with awe and wonderment.

P: Positive Emotions — Habits of Wellbeing

Broaden and Build.

Positivity (Losada) ratio.

Expressing joy, gratitude, hope and inspiration.

E: Engagement — Habits of Mind

Applying past knowledge to new situations.

Gathering data through all the senses.

Thinking and communicating with precision and purpose.

E: Engagement — Habits of Wellbeing

Deliberate Practice.


Experiences of interest, curiosity, absorption and passion.


R: Relationships — Habits of Mind

Listening to others with Understanding and Empathy.

Thinking interdependently.

R: Relationships — Habits of Wellbeing

Active-constructive responding.

Building and maintaining positive and productive relationships.

Embracing diversity.

M: Meaning & Purpose — Habits of Mind

Metacognition - Thinking about my thinking.

Questioning and posing problems.

Creating, Imagining and Innovating.

M: Meaning & Purpose — Habits of Wellbeing

Character Strengths and Signature Strengths.

Goal setting - WOOP.

Feeling Good and Doing Good.

A: Accomplishment — Habits of Mind


Thinking Flexibly

Striving for Accuracy

A: Accomplishment — Habits of Wellbeing

Grit - Passion and Perseverance for long term goals.

Deliberate Practice.

Developing a Growth Mindset.

R: Resilience — Habits of Mind

Taking responsible risks.

Managing impulsivity.

R: Resilience — Habits of Wellbeing

Developing an Optimistic Explanatory Style.

Developing and experiencing mindfulness.