Developing true friendships takes kindness, courage and a willingness to grow

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Throughout this term, Peninsula Grammar students in the Junior Years have been learning how to navigate the “bumps that appear in the road”. While it may seem like a mature concept, the Kinder to Year 4 students have immersed themselves in Peninsula’s Positive Education program that focuses on developing healthy relationships and navigating disagreements when they happen.  

“It’s important that our students know that despite wanting to be happy all the time, it is a normal part of life that we sometimes feel lonely, or find it difficult to make new friends,” explains Peninsula Grammar’s Director of Positive Education, Ms Therese Joyce.  “Our students learn that friendships can change, and they may feel hurt if they argue with friends, or feel left out but they’re learning that these ups and downs are all part of being human.” 

Within the Positive Education program, student leaders in the Middle Years have been reflecting on the skills that make a good friend and leader. “Students learn about what friendship means and how to be a good friend,” Ms Joyce said. “Good friends are kind, they consider others and act in a way that is fair and honest. Good friends stand up for each other, listen to any concerns and look for the good in others.”

Peninsula’s Positive Education framework reflects the work of many psychological wellbeing experts who focus on the value of positive healthy relationships.  

“Our relationships with other people have a huge impact on our sense of self and our level of wellbeing and it is important for children to learn how to deal with challenges in their relationships and to develop good social skills.” 

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Across the school, Peninsula Grammar has invited staff, students and the community to take an active part in a kindness initiative and to consider ways they can each bring a little more kindness to the world around them. 

For more information about Peninsula’s Positive Education program, contact 9788777 or visit www.peninsulagrammar.vic.edu.au

PENINSULA GRAMMAR
A: 20 Wooralla Drive, Mount Eliza
T: 9788 7777
W: www.peninsulagrammar.vic.edu.au