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Life Skills Program

 

Confident, Well-Educated Young Women, Boys and Girls

At Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School we aim to equip students with life skills to succeed, not just within the classroom but in the real world outside of school.

We instil confidence and worth in our students, to ensure they are well-rounded, resilient young women.

We have qualified staff who understand the cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns of children and young women. 

Life Skills and other personal development programs benefit from the up-to-date research and best practices our psychologists and counsellors provide to teaching staff. 

Parents can be confident that their children’s individual needs are being carefully considered by professional people who understand the various stages of young people’s development.

We teach students the power of positive and optimistic thinking, which is important in coping with difficult life events. This aims to instil high self-esteem and worth in each of our students, in general helping our students to be confident, well-educated young women.

Professor Martin Seligman founded the seven steps of positive psychology, which are designed to encourage positivity and optimism in students, to combat depression before it is experienced. The research shows that if a person is positive, regardless of their circumstances, they will less often experience depression.

There are seven steps to the framework of positive psychology:

Relationships
Having close friends that are trustworthy and reliable.

Caring
Putting others first, to increase feelings of self-worth and decrease the chance of experiencing depression.

Exercise
Increasing mental well-being through regular exercise to lower the risk of suffering from depression.

Flow
Working towards important goals and being highly focused on the end result. This gives purpose and increases self-esteem, in essence creating essential goals and responsibilities each day.

Strengths and Virtues
Showing girls’ what their key strengths and virtues are, leading to a happier mindset. Teenagers who know themselves, and have self-belief are again less likely to experience depression.

Positive Thinking: Optimism and Gratitude
Bouncing back after a negative test result, or a loss in a sporting event through positive thinking, means girls are able to naturally protect themselves from falling into depression and self-blame. Looking at a negative occurrence and being able to either improve on it or accept it and move on, shows strength of character necessary in life after school.

The School is currently reviewing its programs with the aim of aligning them to the principles of Positive Psychology.