Wellbeing and Positive Education at Tenison Woods College

What skills would you want your children to have most as they greet the opportunities and challenges of life?

Studies have shown that curiosity and grit are the two personal characteristics which are the most significant predictors of success in life; two critical traits that will make us grow into the people God is calling us to be.

In partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, Tenison Woods College is developing a whole school community way of talking about measuring and critiquing the resilience and wellbeing of our members. The partnership complements our current strong commitment to wellbeing and resilience through the variety of programs offered to students, families and staff, by giving us a common language and frame of reference through which to view the associated issues across our school community.

Our endeavours are characterised by deliberate training for all staff through our partnership with the SAHMRI. Likewise, an increasing number of parents are completing the training offered throughout the year, with the understanding that there is no better way to assist your children develop wellbeing and resilience skills than to learn, practise and reinforce them at home. 

Our partnership with SAHMRI is also assisting us to implement the PERMA+ model and age appropriate experiences with all students from early years to year 12 in our College community.  Informed by the insights of Dr Martin Seligman, we endeavour to implement the right programs, deployed at the developmentally appropriate stage, to have significant impact on both the prevention of negative mental health experiences and also the promotion of core life-long skills.  We are seeing how our wellbeing initiatives are supporting our students to develop healthy minds, heathy bodies and healthy attitudes towards themselves and others.

For further information or to express interest in one of the upcoming parent courses please contact our Director of Wellbeing, Jennie Sanderson via email sandj@tenison.catholic.edu.au or telephone 08 8725 5455.