← From the Director of Student Wellbeing
Empowering THEM to grow
Human happiness and flourishing is the core business of the BCC approach to Positive Psychology. Indeed, the field has been defined as “the study of the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of peoples, groups, and institutions” (Gable & Haidt, 2005, p. 103). This begs the question as to what flourishing is and what it means to function optimally. We use the terms flourishing, thriving, happiness, and wellbeing interchangeably, but what does this look like at BCC?
We believe that the core of having happiness and to be in a flourishing situation is to have a heart that is God-centred. This may not mean that bad situations don’t happen, moreover, the way we deal with the situation and the support and comfort that we have during tough times make it possible to have happiness and to flourish. Along with directing students towards the Lord, we accept the task of upskilling and empowering them to be able to handle the situations that they will face.
If we have positive habits of the mind, we can have success. We are on a journey to strengthen positive habits of the mind. Deliberately teaching, showing and supporting these habits of mind to empower THEM to grow. The Habits of Mind are a set of 16 dispositions and behaviours (identified by Art Costa and Bena Kallick), that help students successfully approach problems and challenges they encounter in the classroom and in everyday life. The aim is to ensure that these dispositions are developed so that when students are faced with an answer that they do not immediately know, they display these characteristics in order to manage the situation ‘intelligently’.
Bundaberg Christian College has 4 core values by which the entire College breaths. Respect, Integrity, Servanthood and Excellence are constantly referred to throughout the day. Each of the 16 Habits of Mind have been carefully placed inside one of our core BCC RISE (Respect, Integrity, Servanthood, Excellence).
Christ has asked all, whom are His children, to follow him in our love for Him, our thoughts and actions. The Habits of Mind are a direct reflection of the way Christ wants us to grow and live for Him.