SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

21st Century Positive Education

24-Oct-2011

Australia leads the way ……

The Positive Psychology Institute is proud to announce, in conjunction with Knox
Grammar School and the University of Wollongong, the launch of a
world-first scientifically evaluated, Positive Education Program. The design and
delivery of the Knox Positive Education Program will be the most comprehensive of its
kind combining the science of Positive Psychology, Positive Organisational
Scholarship and Appreciative Inquiry, supported by the methodology of evidence
based coaching for sustainability.

The Knox Positive Education Program provides a proactive, multi-level approach to
creating a positive school climate to support academic performance, mental fitness
and the well-being of staff and students. The 3-year Program includes the
development of explicit and implicit integrated components (including curriculum)
aimed at teaching staff, students and key stakeholders specific strengths-based,
solution focused knowledge and skills to apply in their school work and life.

The Positive Psychology Institute is excited to be working with Knox Grammar School,
leaders in education, having just launched their innovative 21st Century Boarding
Program. Whilst “Positive Education” may be an innovative approach, Knox
recognizes the historic school ethos of “creating purposeful lives” articulated by the
founding Headmaster, Neil McNeil in 1924. More than eighty years later, scientific
research from the field of Positive Psychology supports McNeil with a growing body of
research providing evidence that those living with meaning and purpose in their lives
report higher levels of well-being.

In the words of John W Weeks, Headmaster, Knox Grammar School, “While all
schools will have ‘pastoral care’ systems, the question for all of us is to determine if
they are appropriate for the needs of our students in the 21st Century. For me, the
well-being of our young people is essential for an active and optimistic future.
Schools must decide how to do this but at the heart of any effective pastoral care
program are the teachers who deliver it. There needs to be focus in training and
up-skilling teachers as mentor coaches of this nation’s most precious asset….its
youth”.

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