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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2019 School Captains Address

It has been another fantastic start to the school year and so far, our leadership journey has been very rewarding. We feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve the school, giving back to the community that has helped shape us throughout our school life.Over the past term we have taken enormous pride in being able to represent the school, building connections across year groups and with the local community, working closely with both students and staff to facilitate new opportunities and uphold the school values. It has been both an enjoyable and challenging experience so far and we can’t wait to see what is yet to come! 

With the year 12 leadership team, we have implemented new projects which have engaged with the school community, encouraging students to explore topical issues such as pollution and student wellbeing. 

Clean up Australia day was a huge success, involving students across the school, encouraging a greater awareness of our impact on the environment therein highlighting the significance of each individual’s contribution. It was a great opportunity to serve the community with the overall rubbish collected amounting to 9 bags, an amazing achievement reflecting the power of doing good, while feeling good. 

Additionally, Bullying No Way day at Hill Campus and Flag of Friendship day at Park Campus, united the school in a common goal, reinforcing the importance of kindness and consideration of others. Furthermore, the Year 12 visit to Park Campus was enjoyed by all, encouraging cross campus unification and a building of new relationships, enhancing the inclusive school atmosphere we aspire to uphold.

Progressing forward, we believe it is important as a school to give back to the community and help those in difficult circumstances, hence, we are working towards organising a food drive with OzHarvest. 

Climate change and sustainability are key global issues that will affect current and future societies; therefore, in the terms to come we would like to encourage students to participate in sustainable initiatives such as a single use plastic free day.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our responsibilities as school captains so far and are eager for the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 

Emily Prickett and Nicholas McGrath

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.