Wellbeing at Blackwood High School is focused on striving to create a school community that is ‘feeling good and functioning well’. This means building on our strengths and cultivating the best parts of ourselves. We are investigating how we can best achieve this.
Wellbeing at Blackwood High School is defined by the acronym ‘PERMA + ‘. The PERMA criteria developed by Professor Martin Seligman incorporates Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment with the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre adding the ‘plusness’ of Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Optimism.
Blackwood High School leaders and teachers are trained in the language and fundamental principles of Positive Education and have commenced implementing programs for Middle School students. Ongoing staff professional development is a priority as research continues to evolve in this area of psychology and education.
Blackwood High School uses its reciprocal relationships with researchers at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University as well as associations with the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre and the resources of DECD Business Intelligence to ensure that the Wellbeing initiatives implemented at our site are able to be effectively analysed to determine effectiveness and ensure they are tailored specifically for our school community. With the support of University of Adelaide School of Psychology we have also been measuring and tracking the wellbeing of our students across the whole school since 2014.
Any queries about wellbeing research or Positive Education at Blackwood High School should be directed to Jason Loke, Deputy Principal or Shauna Thompson, Assistant Principal, Whole School Wellbeing.