On Friday, the teaching staff and Mr. Lowney presented Character Strength Certificates during an Assembly to the Middle School students at St. John’s. Over the past term, the Middle School teaching staff were intentional in observing and recognizing specific positive character strengths in their students.
Your character is what makes you the person you are. It is about how you relate to other people and the world around you. In Advisory the discussion of character strengths are being explored. Character strengths are different from talents or skills or knowledge. Character strengths include curiosity, bravery, kindness, humor, hope and modesty, and many more. We began this road of discovering our character strengths, knowing that the goal is to see how they will develop over the years. Some of the teaching staff have also explored their own character strengths and how they bring more meaning into the classroom setting. At this point, we are looking at introducing the concept in a more personal and meaningful way by building up how we use character strengths.
Recent evidence suggests that recognising our own strengths and using them in our daily lives can help us build happier, more meaningful lives. http://www.handsonscotland.co.uk/flourishing_and_wellbeing_in_children_and_young_people/character_strengths/character_strengths.html
By Pam Mobley, MS counselor