Positive psychology

building resilience


Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. It builds strengths to enable people to achieve the best things in life.

Positive psychology focuses on building resilience and increasing well-being in the hope of fighting incidents of anxiety and depression.

Martin Seligman, author of Flourish and the world’s leading advocate of positive psychology says that “education is most positive and successful when children learn both the skills of well-being and achievement: where students are prepared to lead successful lives, when teachers design challenging activities, when learning is relevant and meaningful and where the goal of education is for children to flourish.” 

We believe as Seligman does, that we can teach our girls skills that build resilience, optimism and well-being.

Based on Seligman’s PERMA framework, our Academic care program teaches skills in three key areas
• Building mental toughness
• Building strong relationships
• Building character

Teaching for the future


St Catherine's is a foundation member of the Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA) an association that aims to work together with schools from across Australia to lead and promote the science of wellbeing and positive psychology, enabling all students, schools and communities to flourish.

Penn Positive Psychology Program for Educators conference
Gratitude helps develop positive emotions, improve health, build resilience and build strong relationships.”