HARNESSING POSITIVE EDUCATION IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT

Students at the Hamilton and Alexandra College Middle Years Positive Education Centre

Students at The Hamilton and Alexandra College Middle Years Positive Education Centre.

The Hamilton and Alexandra College is hosting a Discovering Positive Education course, an initiative funded by Dr. Geoff Handbury PhD AO and his family to support the wellbeing of staff and students across the Western District region. This two-year funded project called ‘Harnessing Positive Education in the Western District’ is open to all schools in the region and is being delivered through the Institute of Positive Education, which is a Geelong Grammar School initiative focused on enhancing the wellbeing of students, staff and school communities.

The Institute of Positive Education aims to teach students valuable life skills which will increase their learning capacity and help them to build a successful and happy life. The project consists of three phases and the first is taking place at The Hamilton and Alexandra College Middle Years Positive Education Centre on 28, 29 and 30 April.

There are 23 schools attending (60 staff members) from as far as Camperdown, Warrnambool, Portland and Horsham.

This multi-day course focuses on the fundamentals of Positive Education, and participants will experience the key concepts taught in Positive Education classes to gain a range of practical skills and strategies to apply in their school. The course covers eight wellbeing science topics in-depth: Character Strengths; Mindset; Positivity; Flow; Resilience; Gratitude; Relationships; and Purpose.

Julia Winter Cooke, Head of Middle Years at The Hamilton and Alexandra College has been teaching for over 20 years and is passionate about educating young people. She is thrilled to be working with the Institute of Positive Education to nurture positive relationships and build resilience in local students.

“At Hamilton College, our vision is simple – to increase the wellbeing of our students and enable them to flourish as capable and confident young people. In this world where technology invades our daily routines and students are busier than ever, it is important to teach Positive Education techniques that emphasise individual strengths, personal motivations and resilience”.

“I am thrilled to be working with staff from schools across the Western District, both primary and senior schools, and hope to see a wave of positive, caring and confident students across the region in the near future. Thank you to the Handbury family for making this possible and the Geelong Grammar Institute of Positive Education for delivering the Discovering Positive Education Course to local educators,” said Mrs Winter Cooke.

The Institute’s training model is designed to empower educators by introducing the principles of Positive Education and assist schools to implement Positive Education in their own unique settings.

The aim of this initiative is to establish a Western District Positive Education Hub over the next two years.