At St Philip’s our Christian vision of Wellbeing is to empower ALL members of the College community to flourish. This is achieved through aligning our Christian faith with empirically based Wellbeing science. At its foundation our approach is based on our desire to love God and love others. Our motivation comes from Jesus’ words to the religious leaders of the day.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
The direction from Jesus to love others is at the core of our approach to Wellbeing at St Philips, where our aim is to provide a positive environment in which our community can Explore Faith, Be Positive, Connect, Bounce Back, Get Involved and Aspire.
The wellbeing research is in and it shows that learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked and so our aim is to authentically integrate wellbeing into each student’s academic journey in a proactive manner (Australian Catholic University and Erebus International, 2008). With high levels of wellbeing leading to academic success, the completion of Year 12, better mental health and a pro-social and responsible lifestyle (Australian Catholic University and Erebus International, 2008). The Wellbeing of our community is essential and so we are committed to ensuring that students experience evidence based initiatives that support the development and growth of their Wellbeing.
6 Habits of Wellbeing – The Art of Living Well
Wellbeing is defined at St Phillip’s through the 6 Habits of Wellbeing. These Habits form practical pathways that promote the art of living well and lead towards the forming of a flourishing life. Their purpose is to translate our wellbeing vision into the real world for our students and IS derived from contemporary research in Positive Education. The 6 habits are: Explore Faith, Be Positive, Connect, Bounce back, Get involved and Aspire. The following provides an overview of what each habit entails.
Meaning in life comes from serving something that is larger than self. Our hope is that our community would find ultimate meaning and acceptance in Christ. Finding purpose in life is essential to developing a healthy sense of well-being. To this purpose faith, altruism and philanthropy are proven methods of establishing a meaningful life.
- Trust in God
- Connect to God
- Consider the big questions
- Listen and respect other’s views
- Give your time and words
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 - 10
Positive Emotion is one of the proven keys to developing a life of healthy well-being. Kindness, gratitude, hope and contentment are all practices that contribute to the development of positive emotions.
- Be grateful
- Be optimistic
- Be mindful
- Use your strengths
- Be kind
- Live healthy
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
We were made for relationship with God and others. Relationships are an essential part of our personal well-being. People who maintain strong positive relationships are generally happier in life. We are social beings who need to connect with one another in a meaningful and positive way.
- Belong to a group
- Listen actively
- Speak positively
- Recognise others strengthsAsk, r u ok?
- Ask for help
Love each other in the same way that I have loved you. John 13:34
Resilience is the ability to cope and ‘bounce back’ after encountering negative events, difficult situations, failure or adversity and to return to almost the same level of emotional wellbeing. Young people who encounter difficult or challenging situations can learn to grow through them and become more resilient.
- Look on the bright side
- Control your emotions
- Be Elastic
- Fail well
- Have courage
- Growth Mindset
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5:3
Engagement is about being totally absorbed (in the flow) by a task where time and self-consciousness seem to cease. Creating more opportunities to work in your flow everyday will significantly increase individuals’ sense of well-being. An important opportunity to increase flow in student’s lives stems from being invested and committed to extracurricular activities.
- Find your flow- Join in
- Develop a skill
- Be present
- Be active
Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23
Accomplishment is experienced through setting goals to achieve your preferred future. Having goals and meeting those goals, improves your well-being and allows you to flourish. Being specific and using the S.M.A.R.T system will set you up so you can go further faster.
- Get S.M.A.R.T
- Have a plan
- Strive for excellence
- Be hopeful
- Be self-motivated
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11