By Marcus Wicher, Principal, Auburn South Primary School With reference to Dr Phil Riley’s recent Principal Occupational Health and Wellbeing Survey (2011-2017) which highlights the declining trends in principal and school leader wellbeing, this article suggests a positive systems framework which embeds a number of fundamental tenets of Positive Psychology that may assist principals and … Read More
2018 Annual General Meeting The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Positive Education Schools Association Ltd (ACN 168 259 096) (PESA) was held on Saturday, 14 April 2018 at Geelong Grammar School, Biddlecombe Ave, Corio, Vic, Australia. The agenda is set out below. Agenda 1. Welcome Simon Murray, Chairman welcomed members. 2. Acceptance of Minutes … Read More
An insightful article exploring the role of positive education within an early education environment. Lisa Baker, Suzi Green, Daniela Falecki
Barbara Fredrickson In this article, the author describes a new theoretical perspective on positive emotions and situates this new perspective within the emerging field of positive psychology. The “broaden-and-build theory” posits that experiences of positive emotions broaden people’s momentary thought-action repertoires, which in turn serves to build their enduring personal resources, ranging from physical and … Read More
Click here to read about this Queensland school’s commitment to a Positive Education approach, focussing initially on teacher training, allowing teachers to learn about Positive Psychology and live the strategies, before rolling out the program at the student level.
University of Birmingham – The Jubilee Centre There is a long-standing educational interest in the development of character in young people from ‘marginalised’, or deprived, backgrounds. Working with 3,250 young people, this fascinating report makes three key recommendations pertaining to non-mainstream education providers and the development of their learners’ character. It is recommended that: non-mainstream … Read More
PESA National Conference 2017 Thank you to all delegates for your wonderful support of our 2017 National Conference – Building Positive Communities: Design, Implement, Embed, hosted by Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney, on 17 and 18 March 2017. We are grateful to the following presenters for their outstanding contributions to the success of the conference: … Read More
White, M. & Kern. M. L. (2017). Independence Journal of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, Vol 42, No 2, pp. 50-54. In this fascinating article, the authors consider the impact incorporating a whole school wellbeing approach had on year 5-12 students at St Peter’s College Adelaide from 2011 – 2016. The … Read More
Learn more about Positive Education at King’s College NZ, where Student wellbeing underpins all education. King’s College pastoral care aims to enhance well-being, and lead to better academic achievement, reduced anxiety and more engaged and meaningful lives for students.
An overview of the Carey Baptist Grammar School’s model for Positive Learning. This model for teaching and learning, relying upon PERMA as an overarching guide, led to the establishment of 10 attributes under the banners of Thinking, Self-Management and Relational skills, considered to be indicative of a positive learner regardless of age. This is represented … Read More
At The Gap State High School, wellbeing is recognised as being more than health or wellness programs. The schools has developed a holistic approach to wellbeing that encompasses the notions of welfare, health and wellness and which goes beyond helping people achieve ‘normalcy’, but rather seeks to move towards flourishing. This comprehensive framework may be … Read More
This document sets out WMAC’s “SpiritED” model for wellbeing, focussing on S – Academic Success; P – Physical Health; I – Immersion; R – Responding Positively; I – Interconnectedness; T – Transcendence, in Education. The College opted not to rely just on one textbook, but rather used a range of resources in conjunction with the … Read More
Well-being: ideas for healthier, inclusive and happier schools School Education Gateway (EU) This article discusses European and UK initiatives that promote the importance of well-being in schools. In particular: The European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments (ENABLE) Schools for Health in Europe – SHE Network MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project)