Click to read positive parenting tips about how to support and encourage children to do their best in school
Read this fascinating Cadet blog posted by Christen Jacobs, 18 March 2013
|We recently hosted highly acclaimed Youth Resilience presenter Sam
Cawthorn whose presentation on overcoming adversity by adopting a
positive mindset was widely acclaimed by the students and staff across
Sam spoke of how he has overcome the horrific consequences of a near fatal road accident by drawing on his strengths of resilience and optimism.
We have received the great news that ECC teacher Jenny McKellar, has been selected by the organisers to present on the topic “Positive Psychology in the Early Years” at the International Positive Psychology Conference to be held soon in Sydney. This achievement is a great compliment to Jenny whom we know to be one of the leading lights in this area.
Read the report from two Peninsula School teachers who attended Martin Seligman's talk at the Sydney Opera House in February 2013. Click here to hear him speak at the Wellbeing and Happiness lecture in Sydney.
When asked what parents want for their children, not surprisingly, the answer almost always indicates that they want their children to be happy, healthy and successful.
The Peninsula School is very committed to the development of the whole person. The well being of our students and staff and the provision of a leading edge education for all underpin all that we do at the School. Optimism, resilience, confidence, creativity and leadership are some of the many strengths that we look to engender in our students, in addition to fostering a love of lifelong learning.
In a nutshell, we aim to produce well educated and well rounded, resilient individuals who are capable of flourishing personally and professionally, and who are well equipped to contribute to society in a satisfying and meaningful way.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Positive Psychology focuses on cultivating increased levels of happiness and fulfilment regardless of one’s circumstances. Simply put, it is the study of ‘what is right with life’. Click here to view the 24 character strengths chart.
This excellent article from Time magazine explains the origins and science of Positive Psychology.
The Peninsula School places a huge emphasis on building mutually respectful relationships and connectedness within our community. We understand that positive teacher-student relationships are a key factor in student achievement and enhanced academic performance.
Throughout 2011, all Peninsula School Staff are undergoing an intensive training course in the principles of Positive Psychology. To promote positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment the School, from ELC to Year 12, has adopted a whole school positive psychology approach to teaching and learning.
Whilst there are numerous examples of implicit and explicit positive psychology teaching and learning activities already occurring throughout the School, the formal introduction of this program is set to be fully operational from the beginning of 2012.
The Peninsula School is informed, and staff are trained, by a prominent Australian expert in this field, Associate Professor Lea Waters from The University of Melbourne. The scientific evidence-based approach to positive psychology training draws on empirical research findings of psychology, neuroscience and education. This research suggests that when applied in schools, student engagement, wellbeing and academic performance are greatly enhanced.
The encouragement that Positive Psychology gives to us to dwell on the things that are going well in our lives, rather than on the negatives, is well encapsulated in our school motto 'Hold fast to that which is good'
Community Relations & Positive Psychology
Read Positive Psychology articles from previous editions of The Peninsula School Newsletter.
Suggested reading for parents
The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman
Open this webpage for more evidence for the benefits of mindfulness and meditation in schools!
Parent Nights Positive Psychology
Associate Professor Lea Water's presentation to Peninsula parents and friends on 7 May 2013
TPS presentation (pdf, 1mb)
Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email email@example.com.
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