Oak pro­gram brings re­ward

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Education Week 2019 -


pro­gram in­tro­duced to year-seven stu­dents at Mar­ian Col­lege in Ararat last year has been ex­panded.

The school im­ple­mented the Oak Pro­gram at all lev­els this year based on the suc­cess of the 2018 pro­gram.

Prin­ci­pal Carmel Baker said the pro­gram was named in recog­ni­tion of the col­leges’ strong Brigi­dine tra­di­tion and of the orig­i­nal oak trees planted by the pi­o­neer­ing sis­ters more than 130 years ago.

“Tai­lored to the dif­fer­ent age groups and their needs in 2019, this com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram pro­vides stu­dents with an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tant link be­tween pos­i­tive think­ing about them­selves, their world and oth­ers, and their ap­proach to learn­ing,” she said.

“We know happy, pos­i­tive stu­dents learn best. Some­times we can be so fo­cused on the fu­ture that we for­get to en­joy the present and the great achieve­ments along the way.”

Mrs Barker said teenagers ex­pe­ri­enced chal­lenges at dif­fer­ent times in their life and some­times needed ex­tra sup­port to find the pos­i­tives ‘in the now’ to help them ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess as mo­ti­va­tion to reach higher.

“Many skills can be taught in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of per­sonal char­ac­ter strengths,” she said.

“Older stu­dents learn how to fo­cus on more com­plex is­sues im­pact­ing their life and how they can learn re­silience, per­se­ver­ance, pa­tience and good study habits.”

The pos­i­tive-ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram is de­signed to teach stu­dents ways to recog­nise and de­velop char­ac­ter strengths such as ap­pre­ci­a­tion of beauty, ex­cel­lence, love, kind­ness, cu­rios­ity, hu­mil­ity, hu­mour, brav­ery, teamwork, so­cial in­tel­li­gence, self-reg­u­la­tion, hon­esty and hope.

Stu­dents com­plete a weekly grat­i­tude jour­nal to re­flect on all they have to be grate­ful for: friends, fam­ily, kind­ness and strangers who en­ter their life to teach them some­thing.

“This sits so well with our Brigi­dine val­ues,” Mrs Barker said.

“The Oak Pro­gram at Mar­ian Col­lege pro­vides stu­dents with an in­creased ca­pac­ity to learn ef­fec­tively.”

– Carmel Baker

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