Principals Desk

Developing Optimistic Students

Optimistic students look at the world as glass half full. They ride the ups and downs of life in their stride. They realise that things are not always good but they also know that good times always follow bad. Teachers and parents need to work together to develop resilience and optimistic students. Martin Seligman, a leading world renowned psychologist, believes parents can improve the optimism levels of their children by asking the following three questions to the children when they get home from school.

What did you do really well today?
What did you really enjoy today?
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

These are much better questions than

Did anyone bully you today?

Did you get into trouble today?

Did anyone play with you today?
Over time, Seligman observed and increase in the levels of optimism in these students who were asked the positive questions.

Reporting Student Absences

If students are not sick or unwell, they need to be at school. The Department of Education has mandated that all schools must report to parents when their child has not attended school on the day of an unexplained absence. From Week 6, parents will receive an SMS on their phone to indicate if a student is not present at school on that day. There is a clear link between high number school absences and low academic performance. Student absences are monitored monthly by Mrs Chalmers and myself and we are contacting parents to discuss unexplained student absences.