Positive Education

Positive Outcomes

Positive Education Positive Outcomes

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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2018 School Captains Address

As this year’s School Captains, we are honoured and privileged to be a part of the student leadership team during the year of the School’s centenary celebrations.  We are grateful for this opportunity and seek to fulfil our duty by giving back to the community that has helped shape us during our school journey.  We look forward to 2018 with great anticipation, embracing the responsibility of our role.

As we look toward the last year of our high school journey, we hope to model a strong desire for learning in younger students whilst encouraging students to rejoice in their youth, to embrace their strengths and to truly believe the sky is the limit.

Newcastle Grammar School’s history is rich with leaders who have left an inspiring and lasting legacy.  We hope to continue this tradition to the best of our ability.

With 2018, being Newcastle Grammar School’s Centenary year, it holds many challenges and opportunities for all.  Whether you are a new student starting at the school, moving into another grade or even from Park Campus up to the Hill Campus, moving from Year 6 into Year 7 or into the Senior School years, there will be exciting and rewarding challenges for everyone both individually and collectively.  We have all of these momentous memories and now we, along with our Year 12 cohort, have all of the excitement and nerves associated with our final year at school.  This year, we seek to inspire each and every student to embrace all opportunities with open minds.  As the future generation, we hope to encourage others to continue to create their own unique path by utilising the resources that Newcastle Grammar School offers each and every one of us.  We hope that everyone has had time to re-charge during the Christmas and New Year break so that as we enter 2018 we hit the ground running and are ready to make the most out of what is surely going to be a memorable year.

It is our hope that with everything that unfolds it will be a positive, collaborative, eventful and exciting year for everyone to enjoy creating the next chapter of Newcastle Grammar School’s unique history.


Alexander Oakley and Matilda Dickinson

School Captains

Park Campus
Hill Campus
Academic Success
Student Wellbeing
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.