Character strengths

The things we do well are often called our ‘strengths’ and can include things like displaying kindness, courage, leadership and creativity. Evidence shows that when we are using our strengths, we are happier, more energised, and feel that what we are doing is purposeful and meaningful. When students know their strengths, they can use them to help them achieve their goals and to approach tasks with a sense of purpose and confidence.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

Students learn about character strengths and how to apply them to activities, goals and tasks.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify their personal strengths
  • identify how to use them in their life
  • understand the role of their strengths in completing tasks and activities. 
activity 01

VIA Character strengths 15 min

1. Organise students into pairs.

2. Ask students to read 24 VIA Character Strengths and to circle/write down any that they identify with. Alternatively, students can complete the VIA Youth Character Strengths Survey.

3. Ask students to choose THREE strengths that they feel relate MOST closely to them, and to discuss these with their partner.

4. Students discuss with their partner a time when they have used the skills (e.g. they won an award at school; they were nice to a sibling at home).