Professor Felicia Huppert (centre) with Dr Suzy Green (left) and Ms Paula Robinson of the Positive Psychology Institute at the recent Knox Parent Breakfast Seminar
How can we assist our students to thrive, not simply survive and thus live more productive, meaningful and creative lives?
Knox Grammar School parents were fortunate to be able to hear answers to both these questions, from one of the world’s leading experts in Positive Psychology, Professor Felicia Huppert, at the School’s regular Parent Breakfast Seminar recently. Huppert is Professor of Psychology at Cambridge University and Director of the University’s Well-Being Institute, and was lead expert on well-being for the UK Government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Well-Being. She has developed the well-being module for the European Social Survey.
In speaking of the great differences in well-being across countries in Europe, Felicia talked about the responses of various countries, such as Denmark, France and the United Kingdom, to the research in positive psychology, and its impact on public policy. In the light of events and economic conditions across the world, it seems crucial that the next generation reach its potential, and live a fruitful life. Indeed, one of the growing fields for applying the principles of positive psychology is in the field of education, and Knox is working very closely with the Positive Psychology Institute (PPI), run by Dr Suzy Green and Ms Paula Robinson, to embed the principle of positive psychology and coaching psychology in every aspect of Knox life, and the life of its community. With on-going staff training and assistance from the PPI, Knox expects to see the benefits behind the science for Knox students as they develop, from Kindergarten through to Year 12 and then beyond - better learning, better relationships, better health, and better connectivity with others and society. These are the proven results of well-being, and the keys to thriving, not just surviving.
Mr Scott James, Deputy Headmaster and leader of the team implementing the programs at Knox, said , “How we function is crucial to how we live purposeful lives, and our aim is for every boy at Knox to develop his strengths, to connect with others round him, and in so doing be a creative, thoughtful, and contributing member of society”.