A Decade of Positive Education  

2018 marks a decade of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School

Inspired by the work of the ‘founding father’ of Positive Psychology, Dr Martin Seligman, GGS Vice Principal Charlie Scudamore and Director of Learning, Debbie Clingeleffer-Woodford flew to the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 to find out more about this scientific exploration of human wellness and optimal functioning. 

In 2008 Dr Martin Seligman and his team at the University of Pennsylvania were then invited out to Geelong Grammar School to implement the evidence-based foundations of Positive Psychology into the Geelong Grammar School way of life. It was at this point that Positive Education began. To quote Martin Seligman, “we spent our sabbatical at Geelong Grammar School in 2008, and Positive Education was founded then and there.” 

10 years on, Positive Education has grown immensely. Not only has it been successfully implemented throughout Geelong Grammar School, but by establishing the Institute of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar School has not only contributed significantly to the ongoing research related to the field of Positive Education, we have also helped numerous other schools and organisations worldwide implement Positive Education. 

We are so grateful that we have been able to successfully implement such a progressive and proactive approach to wellbeing in our community. It is our mission to continue to improve student and staff wellbeing through research, development, and training in Positive Education, both within our community and worldwide. 

To celebrate this important part of our history we will be hosting the Positive Education Schools Association National Conference in April 2018. We will also be hosting numerous research fellows to speak to our community among other exciting developments. Watch this space to stay updated. 

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