MULGRAVE SCHOOL - THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF VANCOUVER, CANADA

Last year, the Institute of Positive Education travelled to Mulgrave School in Vancouver, Canada to host their signature three-day Discovering Positive Education workshop. 

After hosting the course, Mulgrave School decided to purchase the Institute’s Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum (PEEC), joining more than a hundred schools internationally who are using this resource.

Mulgrave School has praised the curriculum for its engaging content, Scope and Sequence (Early Learning through to Upper Secondary), and its evidence-based and age-appropriate strategies.

Head of Mulgrave School, John Wray - a passionate leader in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), believes wellbeing sits at the heart of modern education. Through his leadership, the school adapted a wellbeing programme led by their Head of Character Education & Life Skills, Alison Wall. 

Alison has held various teacher leadership roles around the world and has long admired John’s approach to SEL. When detailing her Positive Education journey she said ‘Wellbeing needs to be at the centre of school culture.

Through my leadership roles, I recognised that in fact everyone’s wellbeing needs to be considered if a school community is to be healthy and thrive,’ she says.

In her role, Alison is responsible in developing and researching Mulgrave School’s wellbeing programme, which supports their students from Grade 6-12.

Our wellbeing course evolved over three years in response to student requests, provincial education mandates and school ideas. What we did not have was a credible scope and sequence from Pre K – Grade 12,’ she says.

Alison says that Positive Education needs to be introduced to all teachers and that PEEC provides teachers with a foundational resource to help students better understand who they are and be more aware of their own wellbeing.  

As a group we have decided that the scope and sequence provided by PEEC is a brilliant foundation for our SEL work, but that teaching the teachers is the primary goal to ensure that they understand the theory and significance of the concepts within PEEC.

While Mulgrave School is still in the early days of using PEEC, Alison has already seen the impact on students. She notes that the lessons on Empathy and Active Constructive Responding (ACR) have taught students strategies to build more positive relationships. Lessons on Curiosity have also inspired students to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

PEEC helps teachers and students regain a sense of balance in their lives, find joy and curiosity in what they are doing. The curriculum provides us with the strategies, skills and knowledge to be well-balanced and active members of society,’ she says.

PEEC is now available for purchase and will be launching on its new website this April. 

The Institute is also offering additional workshops and consulting services to complement the curriculum, providing schools with a sustainable whole-school approach to implement the new resource within their unique setting.

To learn more about PEEC, PEEC Additional Services and Workshops visit the Institute’s website or contact the Institute on:

E: institute@ggs.vic.edu.au 
Ph: +61 3 5273 9312