How Do We Apply Positive Education in Schools?

How Do We Apply Positive Education in Schools?

July 29, 2021

The following key principles shared by Westwood Primary School undergird our focus for a school to flourish, that is, to strive for both excellence, and for wellbeing, leveraging on character strengths of resilience, gratitude, community-spiritedness and future-ready confidence for the 21st century school.  It serves to guide the translation of school policies into effective programmes that promote the competence and wellness of all. Furthermore, it provides a roadmap for school envisioning and direction-setting, to create a sustainable culture to bring about a new prosperity that combines positive outcomes in lives within the school and the community at large.


  • We want every child to be responsible for his/her own learning. Our goal is to enable every child to be involved actively in intellectual and academic pursuits, and come to an understanding of himself/herself, the community and the world.
  • We focus on developing a growth-mindset in each child, with the belief that he/she is capable of academic success. Children understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.
  • We help our children find the connections across different experiences and subjects, so that they can find purpose and meaning in every task they undertake, and can make connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they experience in life.

Character and Values

  • We believe that for children to reach their full potential, they must first master themselves, and learn to manage their own thoughts and emotions.  After they become leaders of self, they can then build on their strengths to lead others.
  • We teach our children that every gesture, whether big or small, can make a difference. To lead a meaningful and purposeful life, they learn to appreciate the contributions of others and to find ways to help others.
  • We provide opportunities for children to develop their character strengths, to enable them to appreciate their unique abilities and capacities to flourish and perform at their best.


  • We put in place school-wide processes to engender a culture of well-being within the school community.
  • We inspire our children to pursue happiness by engaging in meaningful endeavours. Stories from inspirational people who exemplify meaning in life are used to stimulate them to think about their own purpose and what makes them happy.
  • We inspire our parents and partners to live, teach and embed well-being in their lives, as well as to act as authentic role models for our children.

Here is a roadmap of the Positive Education (designed by Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)):

Positive Education Roadmap Part 1
Positive Education Roadmap Part 2
Positive Education Roadmap Part 3

The content above is summarized from some of the feature articles on this website.

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