Felicitous Life – Year Level Themes
Year 7 – What is a Loreto Girl? Our best qualities! (Character Strengths and Positive Emotions)
This program introduces new Loreto students to learning with an emphasis on understanding their emotions and a focus on their individual strengths. Learning about emotions and character strengths ties in with understanding of new environment, how to process change in our lives and how to flourish during it.
Year 7 students participate in one Positive Education Class every week. The focus of these lessons looks at explicitly learning about Character Strengths, Strength spotting in others, using our strengths to improve resilience, understanding our emotions, the concepts of broaden and build theory, the negative bias, as well as Savouring and Gratitude as methods to increase our positive to negative emotion ratios. The year is concluded with an art project by each student highlighting their character strengths and emotions.
Year 8 – Development of Group working skills and Relationships (Positive Relationships)
Year 8 students are entering a time of changing social relationships in their lives and need to explicitly learn the appropriate skills in order to understand each other and optimise how to work and get along with others. One of the top skills sought after by current employers is the ability to work as an effective team member. A year focusing on relationships skills, and projects that foster these skills, will enable Loreto students to gain the social understanding necessary to have successful interactions with others in both their studies and future employment prospects.
Year 8 students participate in one Positive Education Class every week. The focus of these lessons looks at explicitly learning about developing skills that foster emotional and social competencies around relationship building. Ideas of self-management, empathy, listening skills, conflict resolution skills, responsible decision making, active-constructive responding, development of self-compassion and the understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationships are all explored. The year is concluded with class video project created to demonstrate a summary of their positive relationship ideas they learnt through the year.
Year 9 – Development of Self through experiential learning (Positive Health)
The Year 9 program is developed to allow students to gain a better understanding of themselves and their “Brand.” Positive Health fits into current structures already in place and is explored through the various Active Learning program, concluding with LC Talks.
All student in Year 9 will finish the year with a reflective “TED talk” that we have adjusted into what we call LC Talks. Each student will have to do a presentation about a message they have heard this year that has resonated with them. They listen to each other’s talk in their class groups and the top ones are then selected to be presented in our theatre to all the Year 8 and 9 students.
Year 10 – Understanding how we are part of a greater community (Positive Purpose)
Year 10 students will take the year to enhance their connection to the community through work placements and current community service programs. The expectation is that
Year 10 students will finding meaning of being connected and contributing to something bigger than ourselves in activities throughout the year. The ideas of purpose and meaning also lends itself to connecting more with the Church finding meaning and spirituality in what we do. Our aim is for students to find a greater sense of purpose in their lives resulting in greater contributions to our community and motivation to be a positive citizen of not just Loreto but our Ballarat Community.
Year 11 – Development of Study Habits (Positive Achievement)
As VCE becomes the main focus, Year 11 activities should promote practices that allow for greater achievements. Developing goal setting, revision methods and pathway thinking should benefit students trying to narrow in on their studies and thinking of future goals.
Year 12 – Living a life high on interest and absorption/intrinsic motivation and mastery of goals (Positive Engagement)
With VCE and future pathways a prime focus of Year 12, the focus will be to help students find intrinsic motivation in what they are doing and develop flow in their working to fully immerse themselves in their studies.