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Wellbeing Update March 2012

 Wellbeing & Positive Education

Throughout February, St Peter’s College Adelaide’s Thinker in Residence, Professor Martin Seligman, has been residing at and collaborating with the staff of Saints.

During Professor Seligman’s time at Saints, over 1300 members of the South Australian public attended his Public Lecture at Saints focusing on Positive Psychology and Education. If you were unable to attend the Public Lecture; however, you would like to learn more, please click the following link http://media.stpeters.sa.edu.au/news/martin-seligman-at-st-peters-college/ . Professor Seligman then held a Question and Answer evening with over 400 parents on his final day in South Australia.

The residency enabled St Peter’s College to collaborate with Professor Seligman and provide all Year level coordinators in Junior School, the Heads of Senior and Junior School, our Chaplains, Heads of House to work with Professor Seligman. He also met with students interested in studying in the United States of America, taught a senior class and met with all members of the Senior Leadership Team.

 Three recommendations have emerged during the month of Professor Seligman’s Residency:

–       measure the wellbeing of every child in South Australia

–       provide the opportunity for widespread training in Positive Psychology for educators

–       the creation of Adelaide as a global centre of excellence in wellbeing

During the month of February a number of Schools visited Saints to learn more about our developments including Churchie in Brisbane and visitors from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne including Dean Professor Field Richards and Professor John Hattie.

 Saints’ contribution to the development of Wellbeing & Positive Education

One of the aims from our 2011 Wellbeing Strategic Plan was to build leadership capability in our staff in the area of wellbeing. The outcome of this has resulted in a number of staff being invited to present at Australia’s Leading Positive Biennial Psychology Conference in March 2012. These presentations report on developments across three areas in the English Faculty, Chaplaincy and Sports Coaching.   

This conference will be held at the University of Wollongong this year. St Peter’s College will present along with other schools that have adopted Positive Psychology approach including Knox Grammar School, Geelong Grammar School and The Peninsula School. Copies of the presentations made at the Positive 2012 will be made publically available online after the conference. 

Topic Staff Presenting Type of Presentation
Creating Positive Education Simon Murray, Mathew White and Lea Waters Peer-reviewed invited oral presentation
Positive Psychology and English Literature Walter Barbieri, Darren Pitt, Emily FitzSimons, Mathew White Peer-reviewed poster presentation
Positive Psychology and Religious Education Theo McCall, Lea Waters and Mathew White Peer-reviewed poster presentation
Positive Psychology and Sports Coaching Mathew White Peer-reviewed poster presentation

 University of Pennsylvania Training for Saints Staff

In the July holidays, 100 staff from Saints will complete Positive Psychology and wellbeing training delivered by a team of academics from the University of Pennsylvania. The first stage of this course will focus on staff wellbeing and then focus on applications in the classroom.

 Rex J Lipman Fellows Program

We continue with the Rex J Lipman Fellows program this year. By the conclusion of this year we will have welcomed 17 Fellows to the School. This year we welcome: The Rev’d Dr Andreas Loewe, College Chaplain at Trinity College, University of Melbourne and Gavan Lecturer in Theology and a member of Council of Australia’s newest university, MCD University of Divinity; Professor Peter Singer from Princeton and the University of Melbourne; Associate Professor Jane Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (YAW-CRC); Andrew Shearer, Director of Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy; Brenton Caffin is the founding CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

 We hope that you will be able to join us at these lectures throughout the year.

 Dr Mathew White

Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education

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