Emotional Intelligence & Resilience

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Daniel Goleman, author and science journalist.

The development of emotional intelligence has been recognised as a key set of skills every universally required for success in virtually every field. Often labelled “soft skills”, these emotional competencies have become the characteristics that are looked for by employees.

They include:

  • Emotional awareness of self and others
  • The ability to regulate or control your own emotions
  • The ability to help others regulate or control their emotions
  • Understanding how emotions influence decision making

Together these emotional competencies allow us to grow and understand ourselves and those around us. The development of these takes place in both informal and formal ways, including wellbeing classes, feedback across curricular and cocurricular activities, and self-reflection and mindfulness practises.

Canterbury is committed to the development of a student’s emotional intelligence across every aspect of their schooling.  Coupled with formal learning, the development of emotional intelligence is woven throughout the fabric of their daily schooling experience.

The Resilience Project provides the framework of Canterbury’s social and emotional development curriculum from Prep to Year 10.