Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Positive Education applies this evidence-based knowledge in practical and relevant ways within a school environment, enabling our students to learn, grow and flourish.

In 2017, our Positive Psychology theme at Peninsula Grammar is Perspective.

Perspective is the lens with which we view the world. A person with perspective is able to consider different viewpoints, see the big picture, and make informed decisions. Being able to appreciate another person’s point of view is very important in developing empathy and good relationships. When we understand issues or events through different perspectives, we build and strengthen the neural networks in our brain that enable us to reason (and think) before we take action.

Our whole school approach includes embedding best practice across the school, as well as explicit teaching of important skills such as curiosity, emotion regulation, resilience, critical thinking and communication. Our goal is to equip students with a range of strategies they can use in their daily life at school, as well as beyond the gates. The scope and sequence of positive education across Peninsula Grammar ensures age appropriate learning for every student, and ongoing development with relevant life skills.  

Our Positive Education department has a library of books available for loan, from experts such as Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (Strictly Parenting; Surviving Adolescents; Surviving Year 12; Surviving Step-Families), Steve Biddulph (Raising Real People; Raising Boys), Kaz Cooke (Girls’ Stuff), Dr Andrew Wake (The ‘Good Enough’ Parent), Dr Justin Coulson (21 Days to a Happier Family), and Eline Snel (Breathe through this – Mindfulness for Parents of Teenagers). 

For any further information on Positive Psychology and Positive Education at Peninsula Grammar, please contact our Director of Positive Education, Ms Therese Joyce.