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Over the past few months, Bacchus Marsh Primary School, in regional Victoria, has been piloting the Institute of Positive Education’s Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum (PEEC). With the Curriculum now available forpre-sale and garnering interest from local and international schools, we caught up with the school to hear about their experiences.

Bacchus Marsh Primary School prides itself on fostering a sense of warmth which makes everyone feel welcome. The school opens up to a friendly and inclusive community that embraces natural greetings with genuinely happy connected staff and students.

Inclusive practices are at the forefront of Bacchus Marsh Primary School, with their specialist Positive Education program providing an opportunity for all students to harness their passion. Focusing heavily on Character Strengths at all levels, students draw upon their own individual strengths which further develops their social and emotional vocabulary and renews their focus and competency.

Principal Melinda Williams first heard about PEEC when one of her staff members attended the Introduction to Positive Education workshop in mid-2018. Following further discussions with Institute of Positive Education staff, she agreed to pilot the explicit curriculum this year.

We chose to pilot PEEC because we felt that explicit curriculum support is extremely important. We highly value the research informed,evidence based explicit teaching that we can undertake in a confident manner.The curriculum is so flexible and provides a wonderful opportunity for responsive teaching on a daily and weekly basis.’

‘What can be cooler than developing emotional and social efficacy?’ she says.

Schools are the centre of communities and the Institute is excited to see Bacchus Marsh Primary School fostering wellbeing through domains such as Character Strengths, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness and Gratitude.

Drawing on a decade of experience of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, the Director of the Institute Justin Robinson, says, ‘It is an absolutely important, invaluable process to teach our students these skills and knowledge for wellbeing. These stand-alone lessons can be tailored to the school's specific needs and can also complement existing curriculum.’

Bacchus Marsh Primary School is passionate and committed to Positive Education as a whole-school approach and have invested in every staff member undertaking Positive Education training. The school started piloting PEEC at the beginning of the year and has already seen a positive impact. Even in the early days of implementing the curriculum, students are more motivated and concentration levels have been enhanced in creative and responsive ways.

The research-based explicit Positive Education curriculum is aimed at students from Early Learning (four years of age) through to Year 12 and offers over 280 developmentally appropriate lesson plans. The curriculum is also built on ten years of practice wisdom at Geelong Grammar School and has been designed in consultation with world-renowned researchers in the field of positive psychology.

PEEC will be available for Australian and international schools in July 2019, and we are inviting teachers to register their interest by completing a pre-order. Those who pre-order will go into the draw to win an advisory service for their school valued a $1000.