The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology

December 15, 2017Articles of Interest

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

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Calamvale Community College’s Positive Education Journey – Live it, learn it, teach it, embed it

November 16, 2017Articles of Interest

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.

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Flourishing from the Margins: Living a Good Life and Developing Purpose in Marginalised Young People

November 3, 2017Articles of Interest

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

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PESA National Conference 2017

November 3, 2017Uncategorized

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

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Wellbeing: if you treasure it you will measure it.

November 3, 2017Articles of Interest

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

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Carey Baptist Grammar School’s model for Positive Learning

October 4, 2017PESA Schools

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

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The Gap State High School, Qld, Wellbeing Framework

September 28, 2017PESA Schools

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

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West Moreton Anglican College, Qld, SpiritED Scope & Sequence 2016-17

September 27, 2017PESA Schools

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

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Well-being: ideas for healthier, inclusive and happier schools

September 26, 2017Articles of Interest

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)

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High Performing Schools are Virtuous Schools

August 15, 2017Articles of Interest

In this article, Auburn South Primary School Principal, Marcus Wicher, argues that values have long held centre-stage in schools as the guiding lights that lead towards the development of a positive organisational climate and culture. While these espoused values provide schools and organisations with guidance around the preferred ways to behave and act, they can … Read More

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Positive Psychology: A Pathway to Principal Wellbeing and Resilience

August 15, 2017Articles of Interest

School principals generally experience high levels of stress, burn-out, physical and verbal abuse, and lower levels of wellbeing. In this article, Auburn South Primary School Principal, Marcus Wicher, argues that positive psychology therefore needs to be part of the solution to what is a very serious health and wellbeing issue for school principals and the … Read More

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