From the Deputy Head of Junior School

10 Attributes of a Positive Learner at Carey
Our Assembly on Monday 1 August proved to be an informative and festive occasion when we launched our ‘10 Attributes of a Positive Learner at Carey’. Peter Robson, our Direction of Positive Education and Wellbeing, introduced those present at the Assembly to the list of attributes that have taken over two years to refine. It was then the student leaders who introduced each individual attribute, explaining what it meant, and providing an example from their own lives that demonstrated this attribute. So what are these positive learner attributes?

Connects
The learner forms positive relationships in the school and broader community.

Communicates
The learner understands and expresses information confidently in a variety of modes. They work effectively in collaboration with others.

Inquires
The learner develops their natural curiosity to become a natural inquirer.

Demonstrates Principles
The learner acts with integrity and honesty, and with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of individuals, groups and communities.

Expresses Imagination
The learner is able to form mental images of what is not actually presented to the senses. The learner uses these images to mould ideas.

Seeks Knowledge
The learner pursues and understands facts, concepts, and the issues of significance across multiple disciplines.

Reflects
The learner reflects on the learning experience, and their strengths and opportunities for growth to decide the next step or goal.

Future Thinks
The learner uses a system of checks and balances to make conscious and positive choices that will support their  future learning and personal development.

Displays Courage
The learner approaches uncertainty with a preparedness and courage to explore new roles, ideas and strategies, within a safe environment.

Perseveres
The learner is able to sustain interest, effort and commitment, and show resilience when experiencing a setback.

These attributes ‘stem’ from and are developed within a safe and healthy environment where sleep, exercise and nutrition are essential elements.

The students will be learning more about these concepts over the next few months, becoming familiar with the attributes and their meanings. These qualities could be brought into focus at home, with the same language being used and highlighted, when you observe your children demonstrating any of these attributes. As a Positive Learning Community we all have a responsibility to foster these characteristics in our children and ensure the development of the whole child into a caring, responsible global citizen.

Margaret Adams
Deputy Head of Junior School Donvale
margaret.adams@carey.com.au