If you’re happy and you know it…
Something which attracted me to Investigator College is its genuine commitment to wellbeing – student, staff and community. It gives me pleasure to announce that we are introducing Positive Education programs across the College. These are robust wellbeing initiatives, backed up by scientific evidence and we will all gain from developing skills in a variety of areas, including resilience, expressing gratitude, friendship building, mindsets, strengths awareness and experiencing positive emotions.
I have been lucky enough to have presented at a number of National Positive Education conferences and, last year when presenting in Queensland, was able to hear from prominent researchers from around the world. One I found particularly interesting was Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at The University of California, who has conducted scientific studies into what she describes as “The How, What and Why of Happiness”. Lyubomirsky defines happiness as “Experience of frequent positive emotions and a sense that one’s life is good” and her work is particularly relevant, given the strong evidence which suggests that happy people:
- are more productive, creative and financially successful at work
- demonstrate greater resilience when dealing with stress and trauma
- have stronger immune systems, are physically healthier and even live longer
- are more likely to have fulfilling marriages and friendships
- are more effective leaders and negotiators.
The big question is what can we do to lift our level of happiness? Listed below are 12 tips from Lyubomirsky and her fellow researchers.
1. Do more activities that truly engage you.
Researchers call this experiencing ‘flow’. When did you last ‘lose yourself’ in an area of passion? For some it might be gardening, for others cycling or completing a jigsaw
2. Savour life’s joys.
Replay a good day by talking about it with your family or a friend, or writing about it.
3. Learn to forgive.
Bearing a grudge is a burden on you. Let go of anger and resentment towards someone who has hurt you.
4. Engage in acts of kindness.
It feels good to be kind and both the giver and receiver experience positive emotions. This is great role-modelling for your children too, and kind people are more likely to experience reciprocal friendships.
5. Nurture relationships.
Invest time and energy into cultivating, healing, affirming and enjoying relationships.
6. Cultivate optimism.
Consider keeping a journal in which you visualise, plan and write about the best possible future for yourself.
7. Avoid over-thinking situations and comparing yourself to others.
Try not to dwell on your problems, nor engage in unhealthy self-talk. A strategy might be to ask yourself, “What would I say to a friend who is thinking like that?” Chances are you would advise them to chill out. Apply that advice to yourself as well.
8. Develop strategies for coping.
Learning to view mishaps as set-backs, from which through effort and time you can recover, is a good place to start.
9. Count your blessings.
You would have heard your children talk about the gratitude journals they write in and talk about at school. Consider doing the same yourself. I write down the good things about my day before I leave work each night and we begin every staff meeting with “What Went Well’ and votes of gratitude. I am delighted to hear that many Investigator College families are doing the same.
10. Strengthen your spiritual connections.
Research shows that religious and/or spiritual people are happier than those who neglect this area.
11. Commit to your goals.
Set yourself some meaningful goals (not too many) and devote some time to working to achieve these. Celebrate your successes along the way and when your goal is finally achieved.
12. Take care of your body.
This could mean exercise (and joining the growing number of people aiming for 10,000 steps per day), but this could also mean engaging in mindfulness practices, having regular medical check-ups, smiling, laughing, getting plenty of sleep and eating healthy food.
If you are happy and you know it, take a bow. You are a terrific role model and I thank you in anticipation of your support of our Positive Education programs.
Exciting Key Appointments in 2021
A world-class College must never rest on its laurels, and we continue to remain agile and open to innovation and best practice in all areas. To ensure that Investigator College continues to deliver exceptional educational outcomes, I am delighted to announce that we are now seeking outstanding educators to begin in 2021.
Head of Junior School
As a member of the Executive Team, this is a golden opportunity for a high-flyer to lead a passionate team focused on ensuring that every student achieves personal best outcomes, and to engage a supportive community.
Head of Middle School
Also a member of the Executive Team, the College seeks an outstanding educator and proven leader with superior communication skills to ensure the delivery of a world-class education.
Learning Strategies Coordinator
A rare part-time opportunity to ensure that learning needs are met, including those of gifted students.
Investigator College is focused on assisting students to flourish, and this role is focused on supporting their wellbeing.
2021 Term Dates *Note extended mid-year break
Term 1: Wednesday 27 January – Friday 9 April
Term 2: Tuesday 27 April – Friday 25 June
Term 3: Tuesday 20 July – Friday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 12 October – Thursday 9 December
Thank you for your ongoing support and for continuing to recommend Investigator College to your friends. Places are filling fast as more and more people seek a sea change and an education at the only Anglican College on the South Coast.
Term 3 Uniform Shop Hours: Wednesday 2:00 – 4:00pm
The Uniform Shop will operate using social distancing, which will mean that only one adult and one child can be in the shop at a time. Hand sanitiser will be available and extra cleaning will take place on surfaces. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Please be aware that extra time may be required at this time.
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* Please do not come to the Uniform Shop if you or your child is unwell with Cold or Flu symptoms; Order online or over the phone instead.
Uniform orders placed online before midnight on a Tuesday will be ready for collection the following day between 2:00pm and 4:00pm from the Uniform Shop, and any orders not collected by close of trade will be taken to Administration for collection from Thursday onwards. Please note that Administration hours are 8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday during term time only.