Five to Thive

The wellbeing of our boys is an important issue for both parents and the College. The concept of wellbeing comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life.

Equally important for wellbeing is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all essential attributes of wellbeing.

When it comes to mental health issues, Moreton Bay Boys’ Colleges’ preferred approach is always to be proactive rather than reactive. The implementation of a wellbeing framework means that students and staff have access to a shared language and strategies to promote wellbeing. In this way, we can buffer students with the skills of wellbeing before they need them.

Two key criteria were used to decide on a wellbeing framework for MBBC. Firstly, the framework needed to be evidenced-based, such that our approach to pastoral care is grounded in research. Secondly, the framework needed to align with MBBC's values and mission to ensure that it was suited to our context.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing was one framework that met both of these criteria. This wellbeing framework was developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), which was commissioned by the British government to establish a set of evidence-based actions that would improve personal wellbeing. The NEF’s research found that there were five everyday actions, which when embedded into everyday life, will enhance wellbeing.

The five actions in the Five to Thrive framework follow the suggestions from NEF’s research.

Connect

Connect

With the people around you; with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active

Be active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice

Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning

Keep learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Give

Give

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.