PESA 2018 NATIONAL POSITIVE EDUCATION CONFERENCE

April 11 (4pm) - April 14 (4pm) • Geelong Grammar School, Corio, Vic
The Positive Education Schools Association and Geelong Grammar School have collaborated to bring you a retreat style conference unlike any other. Delegates of the PESA 2018 National Conference will have the opportunity to connect with thought-leaders and educators from around the world to learn about Positive Education, collaborate and share their experience, enhance their own wellbeing and work together to create flourishing schools and communities. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an extraordinary event! This website and conference app (download below) will be updated as we continue to partner with keynotes, finalise our masterclasses and workshops, confirm our panel presentations and complete our schedule. Presenters include: - Dr. Martin Seligman - Prof. Lea Waters - Anh Do - Georgie Harman - Dr. Tony Fernando - Mark Collard - Dr. Lucy Hone - Dr Helen Street Scroll down to view more information on Keynote Speakers and Masterclass presenters. If you wish to support our conference through taking up a sponsorship opportunity, please contact us for details.
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Schedule

  • 11 April
  • 12 April
  • 13 April
  • 14 April

Registration

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Optional tour of campus

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Conference Welcome Dinner - All delegates staying on campus welcome

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Wellbeing Adventure Race!

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Supper - Retire to Boarding Houses

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Handbury Centre for Wellbeing open

06:00 AM 08:30 AM

Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Breakfast - All Delegates Staying On Campus Welcome

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Traditional Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony

08:30 AM 08:50 AM

Address by Mayor Bruce Harwood, City of Greater Geelong

08:50 AM 08:55 AM

Official Welcome - PESA Chairman, Simon Murray

08:55 AM 09:05 AM

Keynote - Dr Martin EP Seligman

09:15 AM 09:55 AM

Dr Martin  Seligman

Keynote - Dr Helen Street

10:00 AM 10:20 AM

Dr Helen  Street

Keynote - Dr Lucy Hone

10:20 AM 10:40 AM

Dr Lucy  Hone

Keynote - Patrick Dangerfield & Brian Cook

10:40 AM 11:00 AM

Brian  Cook

Patrick  Dangerfield

Morning Tea

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Masterclasses - 6 Streams

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

Janet  Etty-Leal

Dan  Haesler

Therese  Joyce

Michelle  McQuaid

Toni  Powell

Dr Arne  Rubinstein

Lunch - All Delegates Welcome

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Optional School Tour. Wellbeing Centre open.

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Workshops

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

Afternoon Tea - All Delegates Welcome

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Keynote - Georgie Harman

03:35 PM 04:05 PM

Georgie  Harman

Keynote - Anh Do

04:05 PM 04:35 PM

Anh Do

Reflection and Close of Day One

04:55 PM 05:00 PM

Wellbeing Centre Open

05:00 PM 06:30 PM

Video Welcome - The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health

05:00 PM 05:05 PM

Campbell Remess - The 'Teddy Bear Boy'

05:05 PM 05:35 PM

GGS Campus Tour

05:30 PM 06:30 PM

CONNECT Gathering - Pre-dinner drinks

06:30 PM 07:00 PM

Conference Gala Dinner and Entertainment

07:00 PM 11:00 PM

Evening Concludes

11:00 PM 12:00 AM

Handbury Centre for Wellbeing open

06:00 AM 08:30 AM

Breakfast - All Delegates Staying On Campus Welcome

07:00 AM 08:30 AM

Marita Hayes-Brown, PESA CEO, Welcome to Day 2

08:30 AM 08:40 AM

Keynote - Dr Lea Waters

08:40 AM 09:20 AM

Dr Lea  Waters

Keynote - Dr Tony Fernando

09:25 AM 09:55 AM

Dr Tony Fernando

Mindfulness in Schools - Panel Discussion

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Morning Tea- All Delegates Welcome

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - 6 Streams Available

11:00 AM 12:15 PM

Dr Mathew A. White

Bruce  Armstrong

David Bott

Mark  Collard

Dr Lindsay Oades 

Dr Lucy  Hone

Rhiannon  McGee

Dr Denise  Quinlan

Lunch - All Delegates Welcome

12:15 PM 01:30 PM

Wellbeing Centre open

12:15 PM 01:30 PM

GGS Campus Tour

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:30 PM

Afternoon tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Keynote - Dr Kerry Howells

03:00 PM 03:20 PM

Keynote - Dr Toni Noble

03:20 PM 03:40 PM

Dr Toni  Noble

Brain Break

03:40 PM 03:45 PM

Keynote - Collete Bos

03:45 PM 04:05 PM

Colette Bos

Keynote - Anne Johnstone

04:05 PM 04:25 PM

Anne Johnstone

Keynote - Cam Greenwood

04:30 PM 04:50 PM

Cam Greenwood

Day 2 Reflections & Announcements

04:50 PM 05:00 PM

Wellbeing Centre Open

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

CONNECT Cocktail Gathering

06:30 PM 07:00 PM

Dinner - A Touch of Mexico! All delegates staying on campus welcome.

07:00 PM 10:00 PM

Various Connection and/or Reflection Activities - options weather dependent

08:00 PM 10:00 PM

Supper - Retire to Boarding Houses

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Handbury Centre for Wellbeing open

06:00 AM 08:25 AM

Breakfast - All delegates staying on campus welcome

07:00 AM 08:25 AM

PESA Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr Martin EP Seligman

08:25 AM 08:40 AM

Keynote - Emily Larson & Dr Alejandro Adler

08:40 AM 09:10 AM

Dr Alejandro  Adler

Emily Larson

Video Presentation - Positive Education at Westwood Primary School

09:20 AM 09:40 AM

Anna Han - Positive Education China Academy

09:50 AM 09:55 AM

PESA 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - All delegates requested to attend

10:00 AM 10:40 AM

Morning Tea - all welcome

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - 6 Streams

11:00 AM 12:15 PM

Tom Brunzell

Dr Andrew  Fuller

John  Hendry OAM

Matthew  Johnstone

Sue  Langley

Dr Lea  Waters

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:15 PM

Wellbeing Centre Open

12:15 PM 01:15 PM

GGS Campus Tour

12:15 PM 01:15 PM

Workshops

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:15 PM 02:30 PM

Keynote - Dr Abdullah Al Karam

02:30 PM 02:45 PM

Dr Abdulla  Al Karam

Girls Rock!

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

Q & A Session with Dr Martin EP Seligman

03:00 PM 03:40 PM

Dr Martin  Seligman

Conference Reflection - Rebecca Cody, Principal, Geelong Grammar School

03:40 PM 03:50 PM

Conference Official Close - PESA Chairman, Simon Murray

03:50 PM 04:00 PM

Conference Concludes

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Workshops

Gold Sponsor

Sponsors

Exhibitors

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Keynotes

Masterclasses

Dr Martin Seligman

University of Pennsylvania
Psychologist, educator, and author.
Martin Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, and optimism. He is also Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP).

He is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 275 scholarly publications and 20 books.

Dr. Seligman's books have been translated into more than 45 languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are Flourish, Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, What You Can Change & What You Can’t and The Optimistic Child. His book Character Strengths and Virtues: A handbook and classification, was co-authored with Christopher Peterson (Oxford, 2004) and led to the establishment of the VIA Institute on Character and the VIA Survey.

His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Reader's Digest, USA Today and many other popular magazines. He has been a spokesman for the science and practice of psychology on numerous television and radio shows. He has written columns on such far-flung topics as education, violence, happiness, and therapy. He has lectured around the world to educators, industry, parents, and mental health professionals.

He received the American Psychological Society’s William James Fellow Award for basic science and the Cattell Award for the application of science, and two Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association.

In 1998, Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His current mission is the attempt to transform social science to work on the best things in life – strengths, positive emotion, good relationships, meaning and human flourishing.

Website.

12 April

14 April

Dr Lea Waters

IPPA & The University of Melbourne
Lea Waters PhD is an Australian academic, researcher, psychologist, author and speaker who specializes in positive education, parenting and organizations. 

Professor Waters is the Founding Director and Inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne where she has held an academic position for 22 years. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University’s Well-Being Institute and the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. As a researcher, she has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters.

Lea is the 2017-2019 President of the International Positive Psychology Association and serves on the Council of Happiness and Education for the World Happiness Council.

Her book, The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish, was the top release on Amazon in the parenting category and was listed in Top reads for 2017 by Berkley University’s Greater Good Centre. It is being translated Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Arabic and French.

Lea was featured in the ABC TV documentary Revolution School andis frequently featured in print and on the radio, including USA based outlet such as Wall Street Journal, TIME.com Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Live Happy Magazine, Success Magazine as well as outlets in other countries such as The Globe (Toronto), The Guardian (UK), and The Age (Australia).
Lea’s TEDx talk, Warning: Being positive is not for the faint hearted!,explores how, with small positive steps, we can make a huge impact on our wellbeing.
In 2015, Professor Waters was listed as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Financial Review and Westpac Bank. She has been listed in the Marques ‘Who’s Who in the World’ since 2009 and has been included in the 2017 edition of Who's Who of Australian Women.

Lea is the Director/Co-Director of four education programs and projects. Her positive education program, Positive Detective, is being used in schools in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Finland, Ghana, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. Her Visible Wellbeing initiative is being used in schools across Australia, Asia and Canada. The Strengths Exchange brings together stories of character strengths from children, teenagers and parents across different countries to encourage families to start conversations about the strengths within them. Her newest program, The Strengths Switch (available at the PESA Book Stall in the SPACE) offers parents and educators free resources to better build the strengths of young people as well as a five-week online course for parents.

13 April

14 April

Anh Do

Author, artist, entertainer, media presenter
Anh Do arrived in Australia aged two, on a small fishing boat heaving with 47 other Vietnamese refugees, dehydrated and starving, terrified by pirate attacks, and grieving, having lost one young man at sea.

Many of you will be familiar with his story, having read his award-winning autobiography, The Happiest Refugee.

Despite a challenging start, by the time he was 30 years old, Anh Do held a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws, and was voted Australian Comedian of the Year.

Anh has hosted numerous television shows including Anh Does Vietnam, Anh's Brush with Fame, and his Olympic special, Made in China with Anh Do. He has made regular appearances on Thank God You're Here, Spicks and Specks, Rove, Dancing With The Stars and The Footy Show.

An extraordinary author, artist, comedian, film-producer and speaker, Anh has entertained, motivated and impacted the lives of thousands, young and old, at community and corporate events in Australia and abroad.

Anh will share with us his life story, with all its trials and tribulations.

His lived experience is truly a story of resilience, grit and optimism - from language difficulties to an absent father, from being broke to being bullied, from starting life as a refugee to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved personalities.

For further information, please click here.

12 April

Georgie Harman

CEO
Beyond Blue
Georgie Harman was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014. She has significant and broad-ranging policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

From 2006-2012, Ms Harman worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health where she had national responsibility for Australian mental health, suicide prevention and substance misuse policy and programs, including those targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She was one of the architects of the 2011 cross-portfolio National Mental Health Reform Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the early strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.

Ms Harman has also worked in the community sector and in private enterprise. She came to Australia in 1999 to be the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney – Australia's first and largest independent HIV/AIDS charity. She has also worked extensively overseas, particularly in non-government organisations in London. 

12 April

Emily Larson

Director
International Positive Education Network (IPEN)
Emily Larson is a researcher, instructor, and practitioner in the fields of education and public policy. She serves as the Director for the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), an organization formed by Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth and Sir Anthony Seldon. For the past three years she has been an assistant instructor to Dr. Martin Seligman’s course in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Emily has published author and has has also worked on various positive education projects in Nepal, India, the Philippines, the UK and USA. Her expertise is turning academic research into practical lesson plans and interventions for educators and students.. Emily completed her MAPP degree in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania.

14 April

Dr Alejandro Adler

Wellbeing Scientist & Postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania
Alejandro Adler is a well-being scientist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and practice focus on well-being, education, skills, and public policy. Currently, Alejandro is working with the governments of various countries to infuse curricula across schools with Positive Psychology skills and to measure the impact of these Positive Education interventions on youth well-being. He derives meaning from empowering individuals and communities to become their best possible selves using evidence-based well-being skills. Originally from Mexico, Alejandro has a B.A. in psychology, a B.Sc. in economics, an M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

14 April

Dr Abdulla Al Karam

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General
Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai
Some people see Dr Abdulla Al Karam as a visionary leader.

“Those are just words on a CV,” he says. “I’m happy to be part of something bigger than myself; to think about things that are bigger than myself.”

Since he helped to establish KHDA in 2007, private education in Dubai - including early learning centres, schools, universities and training institutes - has not only improved, but thrived. The culture of the education sector has come to be characterised by its diversity, collaboration and strength-based approaches. “Our role as a government regulator is to bring our community together and focus on what’s working,” he says.

“We all have something to contribute to education, and the more we give, the happier we are.”

For more information on KHDA please click here.

14 April

Dr Tony Fernando

Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer
University of Auckland
Tony is a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his psychiatry and sleep training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education. In 2015, he received the Chair’s award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician wellbeing. In January of 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying compassion in medicine. More recently, he started a weekly mindfulness and emotional balance programme for inmates at Mt Eden Correctional Facility in Auckland.

13 April

Dr Lucy Hone

Director
NZ Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and AUT University
Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today. On Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2014, the sudden death of her 12 year old daughter, Abi, (along with Lucy and Abi’s friends Ella and Sally Summerfield in a tragic road accident) forced Lucy to turn her substantial academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances. The blog she wrote in the aftermath of Abi’s death attracted international attention and resulted in the best-selling non-fiction title, What Abi Taught Us, Strategies for Resilient Grieving (Allen & Unwin, 2016), now available as Resilient Grieving in the US, UK and NZ.
Having been trained by the thought-leaders in the field – Marty Seligman, Chris Peterson, Barb Fredrickson, Karen Reivich and Angela Duckworth among others – at the University of Pennsylvania, she went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organisations – from leading law firms to primary schools – to design and implement wellbeing initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change.
The widespread respect for Lucy’s work is demonstrated by two large-scale pilot projects she is currently running involving dozens of NZ schools, backed by Ministry of Education funding. A member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, the All Right? advisory board, the conference convenor for Positive Education NZ, and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal ofPositive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the
International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.


12 April

Dr Helen Street

Education Consultant and Applied Social Psychologist
Applied social psychologist and education consultant, Dr Helen Street, founded and developed the Positive Schools movement in 2008 with her partner, Neil Porter. Over the past ten years, the Positive Schools Conferences, and online magazine ‘The Positive Times’, have grown from strength to strength in Australia and more recently in Asia and Europe. As such, Helen has become known as a creative advocate for a more supportive and equitable approach to education across the developed world. When not at the helm of Positive Schools, Helen presents her research and ideas in schools, colleges and at educational events on a global stage. She is an honorary fellow at The University of Western Australia and a research consultant for the WA Healthy Department’s Centre for Clinical Interventions and for the WA Association for Mental Health. She also writes regularly for educational magazines and has authored three books on mental health and wellbeing in addition to many academic chapters and papers. Helen lives in Western Australia with Neil, their three daughters and two vegetarian cats, commonly known as rabbits.
Contact Helen via Positive Schools or at The University of Western Australia on helen.street@uwa.edu.au

12 April

Cam Greenwood

Founder
Monsta Surf
Young, spirited and adventurous, 25 year old Cam Greenwood is the founder of the world’s first socially conscious surf brand, ‘Monsta Surf’ - a business borne from a spirit of adventure and a global vision to inspire and empower people to ‘live passionately’ and launch fearlessly into a life of deep & purposeful adventure.

Discovering a love of surfing at age 16, Cam Greenwood decided to try his hand at shaping his first surfboard in the backyard of his parents Melbourne home. The passionate hobby soon sparked something far more purposeful - a socially minded vision which he explored on a life changing trip to Kenya, before returning to Australia to catapult his dream into a reality.

As a result, in late 2013 at only 20 years of age, Cam Greenwood launched the world’s first socially conscious surf brand ‘Monsta Surf’ from the backyard of his parents home in Melbourne. Five years later the ‘Monsta Surf Tribe’ has expanded to over 40 countries across the world and has been able to find its own unique voice in an incredibly competitive and saturated marketplace with the brand now being recognised as the surf industry’s first ‘social enterprise’.
Now a Brand Ambassador for The Bank of Melbourne and The Reach Foundation, Cam is regularly invited to share his story, unique view of leadership and socially minded business approach to a range of leading platforms.

13 April

Anne Johnstone

Principal
Ravenswood School for Girls
Anne Johnstone is an educational leader whose passion is to help people fulfill their potential, flourish and live purposeful lives. Anne is the Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, a leader in positive education, and Deputy Chair and a founding board member of PESA (Positive Education Schools Association). Anne is currently undertaking a PhD in Education at the University of Melbourne, focusing in building PERMA / well-being through the application of high quality connections (HQCs) in schools, extending the approach she piloted in her Masters capstone. Her advisers are Professor Lea Waters and Dr Margaret (Peggy) Kern. Anne recently completed the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed an empirical capstone thesis on building PERMA / well-being in schools with HQCs. Her capstone adviser was Professor Martin Seligman. Anne has been the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research developing student resilience in the United Kingdom. She is a winner of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Award for Excellence in the Early  Years of Teaching. Prior to Ravenswood, Anne was Principal of Seymour College in Adelaide; and Deputy Headmistress, Head of Senior School, Head of Junior School, and English teacher at St Catherine’s, Waverley, in Sydney.Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practiced as a lawyer, and undertook teaching blocks as course convenor and lecturer in law at Macquarie University. Anne holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degrees, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania.

13 April

Brian Cook

CEO
Geelong Football Club
Brian Cook has long been recognised as one of Australia’s leading sports administrators. As CEO of the Geelong Football Club since 1999, Cook has led the Cats from a near bankrupt regional club to one of the country’s leading sports brands, enjoying unprecedented success both on and off the field. Known for his strong values based leadership style, Cook has overseen the rebirth of the Cats. The club broke a 44 year premiership drought in 2007, winning the grand final by a record margin. Further premierships followed in 2009 and 2011, and the club has continued to challenge for further success while undergoing a complete transformation of its playing list. Cook has led a four stage redevelopment of the Cats home ground, GMHBA Stadium, resulting in $200 million in investment to turn to the stadium and the club’s training facilities into best in the country. Under Cook’s stewardship, the Cats have implemented a strong community outreach, featuring 10 flagship programs that look to improve the lives and decision making among young people. Cook currently serves as a director of the Geelong Football Club and the Slade Group, is Chair of the Geelong Cats foundation and Barwon Health, is patron of Wombat’s wish and is an advisory member of Geelong major events

12 April

Patrick Dangerfield

Captain, 2016 AFL Brownlow medallist
Geelong Football Club
5x All Australian
2015 Malcolm Blight Medallist
2x Carji Greeves Medallist
Represented Australia 4 times in the International Rules
2016 Brownlow Medallist

Outside of Football, Patrick thoroughly enjoys fishing, surfing and being around his family, in particular wife Mardi and new son George..Patrick Dangerfield was drafted to the Adelaide Crows with pick 10 in the 2007 National Draft, he went on to play 154 games for the Crows until he then returned home to Moggs Creek to play for the Geelong Football Club. His list of honours includes the following: 5 times All Australian, 2015 Malcolm Blight Medallist, 2 times Carji Greeves Medallist, Represented Australia 4 times in International Rules, 2016 Brownlow Medallist. Outside of Football, Patrick thoroughly enjoys fishing, surfing and being around his family, in particular wife Mardi and new son George.



12 April

Ruby Watson

Girls Rock! Melbourne
Ruby Watson is Head of Media and Promotions at Girls Rock! Melbourne as well as one of the founders of the organisation. Ruby is a multi-instrumentalist who plays synth and vocals in her band, Typical. As a sociology student at Monash University, Ruby is passionate about social change and building up future generations.

Dr Toni Noble

Adjunct Professor
Australian Catholic University
Toni Noble PhD is the co-author (with Helen McGrath) of the multiple award-winning Bounce Back Wellbeing & Resilience program. Bounce Back draws on her knowledge and experience as a teacher, teacher educator, author, consultant, researcher and psychologist. Toni is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. Her other highly acclaimed teacher resource books include The PROSPER School Pathways for Student Wellbeing. Policy and Practices, Eight Ways At Once (Books 1 & 2) and Different Kids, Same Classroom on curriculum differentiation and HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills on student engagement. Her Government projects include the National Safe Schools Framework, the Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing and resourcing the Safe Schools Hub (now Student Wellbeing Hub).

13 April

Colette Bos

Principal
Salisbury North R-7 School, Adelaide
Colette Bos is the Principal of Salisbury North R-7 School and was instrumental in leading and implementing positive education throughout Mark Oliphant B-12 College.
Colette is passionate about embedding positive education throughout
all curriculum areas and ensuring it is not seen as an add-on. As Salisbury North R-7 School principal, she has been using research and evidence to enable her to ‘think outside the square’ to embed Positive Education in education for refugee children with limited English and those experiencing trauma. She has previous experience as a School Counsellor R-12 and a Youth Development Coordinator across the Northern Adelaide Region where she focused on a strengths-based approach and the importance of the student voice.
In 2016, Colette worked in the Department of Education and Chid Development’s Student Engagement and Wellbeing Unit to focus on pedagogy and wellbeing and the balance between wellbeing for learning and learning for wellbeing. She is a facilitator with the Institute of Positive Education and recently has been writing education and wellbeing articles for KiddoMag, a new free Adelaide magazine for the modern family.

13 April

Campbell Remess

Founder
Project 365
Campbell is a Year 8 student at Friends school in Hobart, he is one of 9 children (3rd eldest) Campbell has won many local awards including Clarence young Citizen of the year, Pride of Australia was a finalist in Tasmanian Young achiever awards, won people's choice in the Tasmanian Community achievement awards and most recently he was the very first Australian to be awarded the CNN Heroes Young Wonder award and travelled to New York City to represent our country on the red carpet and in a room filled with stars and amazing people Campbell and his story shone the brightest and he captured every beating heart like I can't even describe. Campbell is a regular average cheeky 13 year old boy but he holds this magic in his heart that's changing this world and showing people hope and the power that hope has in our darkest days. Without even knowing his power this child has reached out and held the weakest hands through the toughest days - it really is a special kind of magic. Campbell (in his spare time) is a junior Volunteer Firefigter and trains each Tuesday, in February 2018 he proudly represented our state as a Queens Baton Bearer.

Dr Kelly Howells

Senior Lecturer
University of Tasmania
Dr Kerry Howells is an academic, teacher educator, and thought leader. Her decades of research on the role of gratitude in education, has demonstrated that students’ learning is influenced both by their own practices of gratitude and by the gratitude expressed and modelled by their teachers and school leaders. Dr Howells’ book, Gratitude in Education: A Radical View, has been used to guide educational programs and theory globally. In this text Kerry has drawn upon case studies from many of the educational contexts where she offers professional development for teachers and leaders, aiming for sustainability of the practice of gratitude through action learning. Kerry has developed a Graduate Certificate in Gratitude in Education that is being offered at the University of Tasmania and also teaches a unit on Gratitude in Education in the Master of Teaching degree. Kerry has recently undertaken research projects in the role of gratitude in indigenous cultures, early childhood leadership, and in elite sport.

Dan Haesler

Director
Cut Through Coaching & Consulting
Dan Haesler works with individuals and organisations around issues of leadership, engagement, mindset and wellbeing. As Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consultinghe consults to publicly listed companies, government education projects, schools, professional associations and not-for-profit organisations.

Dan is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside well-known thought leaders and industry experts, as well as Olympians and even the occasional Oscar winner.

He regularly features in the media and is passionate about equity and social justice. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is now available with all profits donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Thursday April 12th
The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)

12 April

Dr Denise Quinlan

New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
Director
Dr Denise Quinlan contributes to the development of wellbeing in education and the workplace through her research, programme development and face-to-face consulting and training. She founded the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience with fellow academics to ensure thepromotion of wellbeing was backed by rigorous scientific evidence. In addition to wellbeing work in New Zealand and Australia, Denise teaches strengths-based team development to senior managers from the USA, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa on IE University’s Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy programme in Madrid, Spain. As a Research Fellow at the University of Otago she developed measures of cultural responsiveness at the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (successor study to NEMP) and currently leads intervention delivery in a study to support university student wellbeing.

Collaboration with a cluster of six schools for almost a decade has given Denise a deep understanding of the challenges faced by school in building wellbeing and the approaches required to transform wellbeing in schools. Denise has worked extensively in wellbeing development in state and private education in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK. NZIWR’s strengths programmes draw on Denise’s
validated strengths programme, demonstrated to enhance wellbeing, engagement and relatedness.

She is currently collaborating on a project to develop a culturally responsive strengths classification for Aotearoa/New Zealand. Dr Quinlan is acknowledged nationally and internationally as an outstanding facilitator. Her humour and honesty allow her to create environments where participants fully engage and safely contribute. As a senior trainer for the University of Pennsylvania’s ground-breaking positive psychology and resilience programmes, she has worked alongside Prof. Martin Seligman and Dr. Karen Reivich training educators at leading schools in Australia and the UK (Geelong Grammar School, St Peter’s Adelaide, and Wellington College) as well as training educators, social workers and psychologists in a large-scale plan to embed resilience within UK local authority areas.
Dr Quinlan studied on the world leading Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme at the University of Pennsylvania (the international home of wellbeing and resilience science), before developing NZ-focused wellbeing research in her PhD in Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago. She has served on Committee for the International Positive Psychology Association, is an
NZAPP Executive Committee Member and speaks at national and international wellbeing conferences. Her work has been published in international academic journals and edited volumes.

Friday April 13th
Darling Quad – Darling Hall



13 April

Tom Brunzell

Senior Advisor Education
Berry Street Childhood Institute
Tom Brunzell (MS, EdM, PhD candidate) has experience as a teacher, school leader, researcher and education advisor in New York City and Melbourne. Currently he is the Senior Advisor, Education and the Leader of the Berry Street Education Model at the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Victoria. Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership. He is also a PhD candidate at the Centre of Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and their impacts on workplace meaning.

Saturday, April 14th
Music School (H01)

14 April

Therese Joyce

Director of Positive Education
Peninsula Grammar
Therese Joyce B.A. MAPP (MSc. Applied Positive Psychology) is the Director of Positive Education at Peninsula Grammar, Senior Associate at the Positivity Institute, and a consultant to schools and organisations. She has worked with Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions including Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Her areas of expertise include Positive Education, Resilience, Mindfulness, and Social and Emotional Learning. Therese spent two years as Associate Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne, has studied Comedy and Performance at the London International School of Performing Arts, and appeared on CBC News Canada, Bupa Blueroom, the Positive Psychology Podcast, and ABC Radio National as an expert on playfulness.

Thursday April 12th
Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)

12 April

Mark Collard

Experiential Trainer & Author
Playmeo
Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author, and director of a small professional development business called ‘playmeo.' He is an expert at helping teachers and experiential educators learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate students to participate and get along.
He has written three top-selling activity publications including 'No Props,' 'Count Me In' and 'Serious Fun', which are sold worldwide. As the founder of playmeo.com, Mark has developed the largest online resource of 330+ group games and activities, which are specifically designed to invite students to have fun, share, trust and build other critical interpersonal skills.

Friday April 13th
Music School (H01)

13 April

Janet Etty-Leal

Meditation Capsules
Janet is an author, speaker and Mindfulness Educator. Her consultancy, ‘Meditation Capsules’ has provided Mindful life-skill programs for organizations in Victoria, interstate and overseas. She has worked across a diverse range of sectors; including education, health, the corporate sector, sport and community wellbeing.

Janet’s key focus is to bring Mindfulness to life in Education, with heart, mind and hands-on practices! Her creative Mindful Meditation programs have enhanced curriculum for thousands of students from ELC to Year 12. She has facilitated staff training and courses for Government, Private and Special Schools, and educational organizations.

In 2010 she published ‘Meditation Capsules: A Mindfulness Program for Children’. Studies based on this Program have been undertaken by Masters/PhD candidates in Universities in W.A., S.A., Victoria, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the US and Puerto Rico. In 2015 Janet developed Primary and Secondary nature based Mindfulness curriculum for ‘Cool Australia’/ ‘Planet Ark’.

Janet is Secretary of the Board of the Meditation Association of Australia and a member of the ‘Confluence’ Committee with the University of Divinity, which aims to promote dialogue between Meditation traditions.

Thursday, April 12th
Darling Quad – Darling Hall

12 April

Toni Powell

Author, Speaker, Wake Up Artist, Educator
Toni is a passionate enquirer about what makes people tick, why good relationships work and how to maintain happiness. Her interest and extensive research into these areas form the basis of her memorable and practical workshops and keynotes.

Toni is the author of two books: ‘What A Feeling’ – a surprising and eye-opening book on relationships and The Yellow Car, a short picture book on the subject of worry.

Her varied background includes parenting 5 children and 3 small businesses; designing and managing large events; award winning filmmaking; and volunteer work with youth.

In 2006 Toni was the subject of a feel-good episode of ABC’s Australian Story called ‘Let There Be Light'

Thursday, April 12th
The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)

12 April

Dr Andrew Fuller

Clinical Psychologist, author and Family Therapist
As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many organisations, schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of people, teams and families. Andrew has helped to increase resilience in over 600 communities and 190,000 young people in Australia as well as in Bhutan and the UK. He is a Fellow of the Dept of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is the originator of “Three Men and a Feeling” radio series one of the most downloaded shows from Radio National.

Andrew is the MC of Generation Next a not for profit organisation who train over 6,000 people annually in mental health. He has also been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and has been an advisor to many organisations on the creation of respectful relationships and the reduction of bullying.
The concept of "resilience" offers a coherent framework for the creation of schools that are sensitive to the developmental needs of young people and their teachers. As Andrew describes, resilience is "the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life - to rise above adversity and obstacles."
Andrew’s most recent books are “Unlocking Your Child’s Genius” published in ten languages and “Lovelife CPR”. He is the author of TRICKY KIDS which has been now published in twenty languages, Tricky Teens “Life: A Guide” TRICKY PEOPLE, GUERILLA TACTICS FOR TEACHERS, RAISING REAL PEOPLE (ACER), FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING (ACER), THE BRAIN BASED LEARNING e-MANUAL and BEATING BULLIES. Andrew has also co-authored a series of programs for the promotion of resilience and emotional intelligence used in over 3500 schools in Britain and Australia called THE HEART MASTERS.

Andrew has established programs for the promotion of mental health in schools, substance abuse prevention, and the reduction of violence and bullying, suicide prevention programs and for assisting homeless young people. Andrew continues to counsel young people.

Saturday April 14th
The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)

14 April

Dr Lindsay Oades

Director
Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Lindsay G Oades (MBA with Distinction, PhD) is Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Lindsay’s formal training is in psychology and business. Lindsay’s PhD was in Clinical Psychology and he was previously a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists and College of Health Psychologists.

In March 2015 Lindsay was invited to move from his position (School of Psychology and Sydney Business School) of over 15 years at the University of Wollongong to work at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Friday April 13th
Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)


13 April

Dr Mathew A. White

Associate Professor, Director for the Master of Education Degree,
The University of Adelaide
Mathew A. White PhD is an Associate Professor of education in the School of Education at The University of Adelaide. His research interests include character education, leadership, wellbeing and strategy. Mathew lectures on Educational Leadership, Policy and Reflective Practice.

Mathew has co-edited three ground-breaking books on wellbeing. His most recent book is Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. His research has been featured in top journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, a Principal Fellow and Associate Professor in Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne and an Affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge.

Mathew serves on the Education Committee of St Mark’s College, Adelaide’s oldest university residential college. He is an Australian representative for the International Positive Education Network, current Chair and past Secretary of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter.

Before his appointment at The University of Adelaide, Mathew was Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education and served on the school's Senior Leadership Team at St Peter's College – Adelaide, was the founding Director of Leadership at the social enterprise Teach for Australia and taught at Geelong Grammar School.


In 2016, Mathew was awarded Fellowship in the Australian College of Educators, one of the College’s highest honours, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. In 2017, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders conferred two awards on Mathew; a National Leadership Award, and a South Australian Leadership Medal in recognition of his exceptional scholarship and leadership.

Friday April 13th
The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)

13 April

Dr Moya O'Brien

Founding Director
The Institute of Child Education & Psychology Europe
Moya is a clinical psychologist who trained both in Ireland and in the USA. With almost twenty years experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr. O'Brien has worked for many years in the area of special needs and continues to provide consultation to schools. She has taught on the MSC in Education and on the Career Guidance and Counselling course in the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Her experience includes working in the May Institute Cape Cod and working in the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in Los Angeles. She was employed in the Irish Eastern Regional Health Authority as manager of the Parenting Unit before co-founding ICEP Europe. Moya's current research interests include the application of ABA in both mainstream and special school settings and the implementation of school-wide policies for the support of students with special educational needs and/or challenging behaviour.

Dr Arne Rubinstein

CEO
Rites of Passage Institute
Dr Arne Rubinstein has been studying and running Rites of Passage since 1994. Over 100,000 people have attended the camps and seminars he has helped to create. He has specialised in clearly identifying the key elements of a Rite of Passage and then showing how they can be used in any environment to support people going through transitions. His programs are in schools around Australia and over 10 countries globally. 

Thursday April 12th
Music School (H01)

12 April

Michelle McQuaid

Author, Workplace Wellbeing Teacher and Change Activator.
Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.
An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Live Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.
She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider.
Michelle lives to help people discover their strengths, move beyond their fears, and finally discover what it truly takes to flourish with confidence. 

 For further information, please click here


Thursday, April 12th
Fisher Library

12 April

Sue Langley

CEO & Founder
Langley Group
Sue Langley is a speaker, master trainer, global business consultant, researcher and leading advisor on the practical applications of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology. CEO and Founder of the Langley Group of companies, Sue has taught thousands of individuals how to harness the brain's potential, create positive environments and be more intelligent about emotions.
A dynamic and inspiring speaker, Sue’s gift is synthesising science into simple, practical tools anyone can use. Her research at the sweet spot of creativity, positive emotions and brain training inspires people with new ways to get the best from people.

She created and leads the world’s first and only government accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. Sue holds a Master in Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, a BA in Psychology and Management from Monash and has studied positive psychology at Harvard.

Sue was the emotional intelligence expert in the hit ABC TV series Redesign My Brain, broadcast on the Science Channel in the US as Hack My Brain, and has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and ABC radio. Author of “Positive Relationships at Work” in Positive Relationships by Sue Roffey (Springer 2012), Sue has also written two children’s books based on positive psychology. Sue Langley is a speaker, master trainer, global business consultant, researcher and leading advisor on the practical applications of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology.

CEO and Founder of the Langley Group of companies, Sue has taught thousands of individuals how to harness the brain's potential, create positive environments and be more intelligent about emotions.

A dynamic and inspiring speaker, Sue’s gift is synthesising science into simple, practical tools anyone can use. Her research at the sweet spot of creativity, positive emotions and brain training inspires people with new ways to get the best from people.

Sue works with top organisations such as Oracle, Schneider Electric and Perpetual, facilitating multi-year projects to build positive workplace cultures, emotionally intelligent leaders and high performing teams.

She created and leads the world’s first and only government accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. Recognised for her knowledge and expertise in measuring and developing emotional intelligence and strengths, she certifies other experts as Master Trainer in the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso EI Test (MSCEIT), EQi-2, Genos EI and Strength Profile.

Sue holds a Master in Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, the most in depth qualification in this field, a BA in Psychology and Management from Monash and has studied positive
psychology at Harvard.

Sue was the emotional intelligence expert in the hit ABC TV series Redesign My Brain, broadcast on the Science Channel in the US as Hack My Brain, and has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and ABC radio. Author of “Positive Relationships at Work” in Positive Relationships by Sue Roffey (Springer 2012), Sue has also written two children’s books based on positive psychology.

She is an affiliate of the Australian Psychological Association and the International Positive Psychology Association and is a Director of Wellbeing Australia. She chairs conferences and presents her work and research internationally.

Saturday April 14th
The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)

For further details on Sue's background and expertise, please click here

14 April

Dr Lucy Hone

Director
NZ Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and AUT University
Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today. On Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2014, the sudden death of her 12 year old daughter, Abi, (along with Lucy and Abi’s friends Ella and Sally Summerfield in a tragic road accident) forced Lucy to turn her substantial academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances. The blog she wrote in the aftermath of Abi’s death attracted international attention and resulted in the best-selling non-fiction title, What Abi Taught Us, Strategies for Resilient Grieving (Allen & Unwin, 2016), now available as Resilient Grieving in the US, UK and NZ.
Having been trained by the thought-leaders in the field – Marty Seligman, Chris Peterson, Barb Fredrickson, Karen Reivich and Angela Duckworth among others – at the University of Pennsylvania, she went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organisations – from leading law firms to primary schools – to design and implement wellbeing initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change.
The widespread respect for Lucy’s work is demonstrated by two large-scale pilot projects she is currently running involving dozens of NZ schools, backed by Ministry of Education funding. A member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, the All Right? advisory board, the conference convenor for Positive Education NZ, and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal ofPositive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the
International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.

Friday April 13th
Darling Quad – Darling Hall



13 April

David Bott

Associate Director
The Institute of Positive Education
David Bott is the Associate Director of the Institute of Positive Education based at Geelong Grammar School. David helps lead one of the world’s leading teams dedicated to research, development and training in the field of Positive Education. David has been involved in training thousands of teachers from hundreds of schools around the world in designing, implementing and sustaining individual and whole-school approaches to wellbeing. David’s current role follows three years as Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar where he led the School’s wellbeing programme across four campuses and headed the School’s Psychology Department. David also taught for five years in the UK, where he was Head of Psychology at Aldenham School and co-authored ‘Teach Positive: Applying the Science of Positive Psychology in the Classroom'. David has completed post-graduate studies in Education at The University of Melbourne and in Psychology at Charles Sturt University. In 2014, David completed the Professional Certificate in Positive Education at the University of Melbourne and has subsequently lectured into this programme and the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology. David lives with his wife, son and daughter on the Corio campus of Geelong Grammar School.

Friday April 13th
The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)

13 April

Rhiannon McGee

Head of Positive Education
Geelong Grammar School
Rhiannon McGee is the Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, leading the School’s wellbeing program across four campuses. Rhiannon also leads the Faculty of Movement, Wellbeing and Behavioural Sciences, incorporating Positive Education, Psychology and Health and Physical Education. In the past ten years, Rhiannon has held a range of leadership roles in the area of student wellbeing, most recently as the Director of Wellbeing and Positive Education at Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak. In this position, Rhiannon oversaw the development and implementation of a whole-school approach to Positive Education, underpinned by Appreciative Inquiry. Rhiannon is passionate about the promotion of community wellbeing and furthering the field of Positive Education. This has led her to complete the Masters of Education (Student Wellbeing), the Professional Certificate in Positive Education and the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Rhiannon is also an English teacher with an interest in the contemplative traditions, the arts, music and travel.

Friday April 13th
The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)

13 April

Bruce Armstrong

Deputy
Department of Education and Training
Bruce’s career spans thirty years of active contribution to Victorian public education as a teacher, principal and senior executive within the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).

In June 2015, Bruce was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding service to educational improvement in Victoria through leadership, change management, policy development and innovation. This included his positive impact on more than 12,000 education leaders as the inaugural Director of the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.

As Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group, Bruce continues to lead key Education State reforms, the implementation of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes, strengthening regional support through the new Learning Places people and place-based approach and School Workforce Reform to attract the best teaching candidates, build dynamic career pathways, create a high performance learning culture and strengthen professional leadership to lift student outcomes.

Friday April 13th
Fisher Library

13 April

John Hendry OAM

Teacher and Education Consultant
John has been a staff member at Geelong Grammar School since 1980, fulfilling a wide range of roles, including Head of Careers, Head of House (Francis Brown) and Acting Principal. He was the Director of Student Welfare since 2004 until his retirement and was instrumental in the School's development of Positive Education and founded the School's restorative practices programme.

Saturday April 14th
The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)

14 April

Matthew Johnstone

Author, illustrator, and public speaker
Matthew Johnstone spent 15 years as an award winning creative in advertising he is still passionate about making creative, lateral ideas that stick.

Since then he has published 8 books, 5 of which have been best sellers both in Australia and abroad. He is currently working on his 9th book.

Matthew is also a creative consultant developing various creative, educational programs on understanding mental health, and resilience for schools, communities, eHealth and the work place.
Matthew spends much of his time in the professional orbit of the leaders in mental health and wellbeing arena such as the Black Dog Institute, The Golden Door Elysia and Geelong Grammar to name a few. He has also worked extensively with many major corporations.
Matthew is a passionate public speaker who has delivered highly visual talks all over Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Europe including Iceland. In 2014 he was invited to give a keynote to 87 countries at the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

Matthew’s work has been endorsed by Stephen Fry, Edward de Bono, Google and the W.H.O.

Saturday April 14th
Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)

14 April

Dr Lea Waters

IPPA & The University of Melbourne
Lea Waters PhD is an Australian academic, researcher, psychologist, author and speaker who specializes in positive education, parenting and organizations.

Professor Waters is the Founding Director and Inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne where she has held an academic position for 22 years. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University’s Well-Being Institute and the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. As a researcher, she has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters.

Lea is the 2017-2019 President of the International Positive Psychology Association and serves on the Council of Happiness and Education for the World Happiness Council.

Her book, The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish, was the top release on Amazon in the parenting category and was listed in Top reads for 2017 by Berkley University’s Greater Good Centre. It is being translated Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Arabic and French.

Lea was featured in the ABC TV documentary Revolution School andis frequently featured in print and on the radio, including USA based outlet such as Wall Street Journal, TIME.com Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Live Happy Magazine, Success Magazine as well as outlets in other countries such as The Globe (Toronto), The Guardian (UK), and The Age (Australia).
Lea’s TEDx talk, Warning: Being positive is not for the faint hearted!,explores how, with small positive steps, we can make a huge impact on our wellbeing.
In 2015, Professor Waters was listed as one of Australia��s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Financial Review and Westpac Bank. She has been listed in the Marques ‘Who’s Who in the World’ since 2009 and has been included in the 2017 edition of Who's Who of Australian Women.

Lea is the Director/Co-Director of four education programs and projects. Her positive education program, Positive Detective, is being used in schools in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Finland, Ghana, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. Her Visible Wellbeing initiative is being used in schools across Australia, Asia and Canada. The Strengths Exchange brings together stories of character strengths from children, teenagers and parents across different countries to encourage families to start conversations about the strengths within them. Her newest program, The Strengths Switch (available at the PESA Book Stall in the SPACE) offers parents and educators free resources to better build the strengths of young people as well as a five-week online course for parents.

Saturday April 14th
Darling Quad – Darling Hall

WORKSHOPS

We are delighted to be offering delegates a choice of 60+ workshops by local and international presenters, covering a diverse range of topics and designed to cater to those new to Positive Education as well as those with more experience.

Workshops will each run for 60 minutes, and take either a "Spotlight" format (usually with a single presenter), or a "Connect" format, where we bring together a group of 4 diverse presenters to discuss a common theme or topic.

To view the workshops on offer please click HERE.

The program provides for 3 workshop sessions (1 session per day) and 20 workshops will be offered during each session.  Owing to venue space constraints each workshop will have a limited number of participants.

Thursday April 12th

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Tan-Chyuan Chin, The University of Melbourne
MEASURING AND BUILDING STUDENT WELL-BEING IN SCHOOLS: EMERGING DATA TRENDS AND PERSPECTIVES FROM SCHOOLS

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Dana Kerford, URSTRONG & Dr Deb Perich, Perth College
THE LANGUAGE OF FRIENDSHIP: ENERGISING THE ‘R’ IN PERMA BY DEVELOPING SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES

The SPACE – X03
Joanna Bell, Daisy Turnbull Brown, St Catherine’s School,
Laura Higgins, Elisabeth Murdoch College
Katherine Russell-Smith, Methodist Ladies College (Perth)
CONNECT WORKSHOP: STORIES FROM THE COALFACE: IMPLEMENTATION AND SUSTAINING A CULTURE OF POSITIVE EDUCATION

The SPACE – X04
Intan Hashimah Mohd Hashim, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ardene Mandziy Australian International School Singapore
Yeow-Ling NG, Westwood Primary School, Singapore: Jaslina Yassin, Da Qiao Primary School, Singapore
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION – INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The SPACE – X05
Cheng Chiau Chui, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Gabriela Maldonado, Kristin School, NZ
Stephanie Raike, Langwarrin Sarah Roney, Langwarrin
CONNECT WORKSHOP: BEST PRACTICE:EMBEDDING POSITIVE EDUCATION WITHIN PEDAGOGY AND CURRICULUM -

Middle School – M02
Liam Casson, Christ Church Grammar School
A STUDENT VOICE TO WELLBEING

Middle School – M03
Darren Morton, Avondale College of Higher Education
AT LEAST HALF OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY OCCURS BELOW THE NECK!

Middle School – M04
Eric B. Hamilton & Dr Mary E. Sanders, Aviva Education, South America
HOW TO CONNECT YOUR POSITIVE EDUCATION VISION TO REALITY

Middle School – M05
Sal Valentino, Loyola College
YEAR 7 CHARACTER STRENGTHS SHOWCASE – A CELEBRATION OF STUDENT STRENGTHS AT PARENT EDUCATION EVENINGS

Middle School – M11
Addie Wootten & Anna Lam, Smiling Mind
INTRODUCING THE NEW SMILING MIND MINDFULNESS CURRICULUM

Middle School – M13
Mick Walsh, Learning Curve
POSITIVE EDUCATION: SHIFTING MINDSETS AND CREATING WELLBEING

Middle School – M14
Marcus Wicher, Auburn South Primary School
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND SCHOOL LEADER WELLBEING

European Languages – E01
Adam Cooper, Maroondah City Council & Mel Jeffery - Maroondah City Council, Emily Murcott - Mullum Primary School - HOPE Leader & Edwina Ricci - HOPE Leader
BEYOND THE SCHOOL FENCE: SCALING POSITIVE EDUCATION TO CULTIVATE A COMMUNITY OF WELLBEING

European Languages – E02
Sarah Shepherd
NEGOTIATIONS - MEANINGFUL DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: CREATING A BIGGER PIE:

European Languages – E03
Sarah Macdonald & Roz Rimes, Canine Comprehension
SAVOURING THE SUCCESS OF DOG ASSISTED LEARNING

Science – S01
Anna Lewkowicz, Department for Education and Child Development, SA
MEASURING STUDENT WELLBEING - EXPERIENCES AND NEXT STEPS

Science – S02
Laura Allison, PLC Perth PLC
LIGHTHOUSE: INSPIRING LIFELONG WELLBEING

Science – S11
Sean Loriaux & Nerieda Anderson, Calamvale Community College
PUTTING POSITIVE EDUCATION INTO PRACTICE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL: THE CALAMVALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE POSITIVE EDUCATION JOURNEY

Science – S12
Lisa Baker, Centre for Early Education, Ballarat Grammar School & Dr Suzy Green, The Positivity Institute
POSITIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: EXPANDING THE REACH OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTO EARLY CHILDHOOD

Cook Quad – C01
Shannyn Daniel, Mount Barker High School
SENIOR ENGLISH: EMBEDDING POSITIVE EDUCATION TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Cook Quad – C03
Dr Paula Robinson, Positive Psychology Institute & Nicky Sloss, AIS, NSW
POSITIVE EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET: WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS CREATING WELLBEING FOR OUR YOUNG DIGITAL CITIZENS

Cook Quad – C04
David Kolpak & Ben Storer, St Peter's College, Adelaide
INTEGRATED STRENGTHS BASED APPROACHES TO EARLY, JUNIOR AND MIDDLE YEAR SCHOOLING – A WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH


Friday April 13th

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Kim Bence & Anne Johnstone, Ravenswood School for Girls
MOVING FORWARD FROM PROGRAMS TO PRACTICE: THE FUTURE OF LEARNING AND WELLBEING IN SCHOOLS AND THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Lara Mossman, La Trobe University & Gavin Slemp, University of Melbourne
GROWTH-FOCUSED COACHING; PROMOTING PLAYER WELLBEING AND INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

The SPACE – X03
Warren Bull & Nicola Pepper, Elisabeth Murdoch College & Langwarrin Primary School
Ian Smith & Amy Moreen, Tiwi College: Positive Education in an Indigenous Community
CONNECT WORKSHOP: PASTORAL CARE & POSITIVE EDUCATION IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

The SPACE – X04
James Cummins, The Positivity Project
Meg Durham, Open Mind Education
Lisa Faye, Macleay College
Kim Waters, Uladullah High School
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION ON A SHOESTRING

The SPACE – X05
Anupama Anaparti, Osmania University
Rhiannon McGee, Geelong Grammar School
Leonie Abbott, Berry Street Educational Model
Andrea Downie, Project Thrive
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION IN A DIGITAL AGE

Middle School – M02
Sharon Garro, Red Rock Christian College and Visible Wellbeing Facilitator
DIFFERENT NOT DISORDERED: HOW TO USE EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS TO PRIME STUDENTS FOR GROWTH

Middle School – M03
Sandra Surace, St Catherine's Primary, Moorabbin
CREATING THE VILLAGE: USING POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY STRATEGIES FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Middle School – M04
Erin McLaughlin Griffin, Wyoming Seminary
ENGAGING ACADEMICS: LOOKING AT POSITIVE EDUCATION THROUGH THE LENS OF VIEWPOINT DIVERSITY

Middle School – M05
Emma Lau & Jenny Lau, Good Hope School, Hong Kong
FLOWING IN THE CLASSROOM: FOCUS, LOVE, OPTIMISM, WILL

Middle School – M11
Saraid Doherty & Adrienne Baucke, Parkmore PS
BUILDING STUDENT VOICE AND AGENCY IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL POSITIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Middle School – M13
David Kelly & Matthew Iasiello, SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre
RESILIENT FUTURES: AN INDIVIDUAL AND SYSTEM-LEVEL APPROACH TO EMBEDDING WELLBEING AND RESILIENCE IN FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS (FLO) SETTINGS

Middle School – M14
Ariadne Lack, Human Endeavours
FOSTERING STRENGTHS BASED LEARNING (SBL) IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTINGS AS A WAY TO ENHANCE THE LEARNING, IDENTITY AND WELLBEING OUTCOMES OF YOUNG CHILDREN

European Languages – E01
Andrea Downie, Project Thrive and The University of Melbourne & Rachel Colla, Merakai and University of Melbourne
IF THE SYSTEM IS NOT RIGHT, IT’S REALLY HARD TO THRIVE: WHEN POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTERVENTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH

European Languages – E02
Paul Zappa & Anukesh Sharma, NIRODAH
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS!

European Languages – E03
Moya O'Brien, ICEP Europe
BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH NATURE CONNECTEDNESS

Science – S01
Stephen Heart, Playworks Oz
FOUNDATIONS OF POS ED THROUGH PLAY

Science – S02
Matt Seddon & Kirsty Whitwood, Kellett School, The British School in Hong Kong
FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS – A PRACTICAL WAY TO IMPLEMENT POSITIVE EDUCATION AT WHOLE SCHOOL LEVEL


Science – S11
Sean Inman, St. Peters College, Adelaide SA
HOW TO ENSURE STUDENT BUY-IN WHEN EMBEDDING POSITIVE EDUCATION IN A SENIOR SCHOOL: LESSONS LEARNT AFTER 7 YEARS OF POSITIVE EDUCATION AT ST. PETER’S COLLEGE

Science – S12
Bill Hallam, Deakin University
EUDAIMONIC WELLBEING

Cook Quad – C01
Jordi Kerr, GASP Project (City of Greater Geelong)
STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY – CREATING POSITIVE SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND FUTURES FOR LGBTI YOUNG PEOPLE

Cook Quad – C03
Nicky Sloss, Association of Independent Schools of NSW INCORPORATING THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AND WELLBEING

Cook Quad – C04
Rezia Rahumathullah & Jaslina Mokhsin, Da Qiao Primary School, Singapore
MAKING POSITIVE EDUCATION ‘STICK’: TRANSFORMATION OF A SCHOOL CULTURE THROUGH A SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEM


Saturday April 14th

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Daniela Falecki, Teacher Wellbeing & Dr Suzy Green, The Positivity Institute
GROWING MENTALLY TOUGH TEENS: AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO BUILDING RESILIENCE, ACHIEVEMENT AND WELLBEING FOR 14-16 YEAR OLDS

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Dr Paula Robinson, Positive Psychology Institute
IGNITING AND SUSTAINING POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: 3 SCHOOL EXAMPLES OF AI IN ACTION

The SPACE – X03
Madonna Ahern, Mt St Michael’s College
Duncan Reid, Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School
Jen Willis, Daylesford Dharma School
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION IN A SPIRITUAL OR FAITH-BASED CONTEXT

The SPACE – X04
Ray Francis, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting
USING THE 5 WAYS TO WELLBEING TO EMBED POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN YOUR SCHOOL: THE WHAT AND THE HOW

The SPACE – X05
Danny Parker & Kristine Sanders, Inside Out, Perth College
THE POWER OF THE PICTURE BOOK IN POSITIVE EDUCATION

Middle School – M02
Joanne Alford & Michelle Pereira, Saint Francis Xavier College
CREATING A CULTURE OF CONNECTION. WELLBEING AND CATHOLIC IDENTITY SUPPORTING A HOLISTIC EDUCATION

Middle School – M03
Marnie Thomas, Newcastle Grammar School
DUSK TILL DAWN: CONSTRUCTING COMPLEXITY IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH POSITIVE EDUCATION

Middle School – M04
Aimee Woodward, University of Tasmania/Mt Carmel College
INTEGRATING CHARACTER STRENGTHS INTO MATHS AND SCIENCE: WHERE? HOW? WHY?

Middle School – M05
Helen MacDonald & Krista Fisher, Oakleigh Primary School & Kristy Elliott, Restorative PathwaysPAST, PRESENT, FUTURE: THE JOURNEY OF POSITIVE EDUCATION AT OAKLEIGH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Middle School – M11
Kirsten Cottone, Creative Transformation
ENHANCING CREATIVITY: FAILURE, FLOW AND FLEXIBILITY

Middle School – M13
Rachel Colla, Merakai & University of Melbourne
HOPE IN A VUCA WORLD – PREPARING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO THRIVE BEYOND SCHOOL

Chapel
John Hendry OAM
WELLBEING, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS

European Languages – E01
Dr Ivan Raymond, Life Buoyancy Institute
APPLYING ‘INTENTIONAL PRACTICE’ TO DESIGN, IMPLEMENT AND EMBED A GRASS ROOTS POSITIVE EDUCATION INTERVENTION

European Languages – E02
Michelle Falzon, Catholic Regional College North Keilor CHANGE & TRANSITION: SUCCESSFULLY NURTURING ADOLESCENTS THROUGH SECONDARY EDUCATION

European Languages – E03
Dave Shrowder, CHAMP Programs
COMPLEMENTING POSITIVE EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYEE WELLBEING, SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

Science – S01
Jason van Schie, People Diagnostix
FLOURISHING AT SCHOOL - LESSONS FROM ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST STUDENT WELLBEING STUDIES. THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGTHS, PURPOSE & SLEEP
Science – S02
Georgina Manning, Wellbeing for Kids
PEACEFUL STAFF, PEACEFUL KIDS

Science – S11
Bree Harris, Macleod P-12 College
POS ED’S LIKE A BELLY BUTTON, YOU’RE EITHER IN OR OUT! HOW TO GET IN AND BUILD A CULTURE OF POSITIVE EDUCATION

Science – S12
Chris Munro, Growth Coaching International
STUDENTS AS PEER COACHES

Cook Quad – C01
Fiona Birkin, Mount Scopus Memorial College
WINDOWS, MIRRORS AND PATHWAYS



Higgins

Gold
Higgins Coatings is Australia's premier commercial painting contractor with over 65 years of experience in providing a complete painting maintenance solution to a broad range of industries.

The Institute of Positive Education

Silver

Berry Street

Silver

Centre for Positive Psychology - Melbourne University

Silver

Cut Through HQ

Silver

Schoolbox

Silver

Project Thrive

Bronze

Langley Group

Cotton On Foundation

Exhibitors List

Sponsor Booths:

Higgins Coatings
Berry Street Childhood Institute
Cut Through Coaching
Melbourne University (MGSE Centre for Positive Psychology)
Schoolbox

Exhibitor Booths:

Be Intent for Educators
Black Dog Institute
Book Seller table
Book Swap table
CHAMP Programs
Geelong Grammar School, Institute of Positive Education
Grow Your Mind
Growing Strong Minds
Growth Coaching International
Langley Group
MAPPsaa (Melbourne Uni)
Matthew Johnstone
Michelle McQuaid
People Diagnostix
Playmeo
The Learning Curve
The Positivity Institute

Extra Information for Delegates

Pos ED Equine Assisted Learning

Please visit the Equestrian Centre to find out more. 

About the facilitator
Jane has a Science degree in Agriculture, a Diploma in Education, Masters in Student Wellbeing (Melbourne University), Masters in Counselling (Monash University) and has worked as a teacher for 17 years in both Secondary and Primary schools (public and private, day and boarding). This study and work in schools helped Jane see an emerging need for a new way to support young people and adults. She could see that Depression, Anxiety and other diagnoses such as ASD and ADD/HD (and many more) were continuing to become more prominent and further inhibit learning and connection. The thing that drew all these strands together for Jane was the completion of the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy facilitator training course (Equine Psychotherapy Institute). With a new private practice in Mansfield, offering counseling in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Jane has also created and run the PosEQ program linking Positive Psychology and Equine Assisted Learning to offer a new way of presenting the Pos Ed curriculum, and experiential learning for students at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop campus. For Jane, the perfect alignment of passions, skills, and experience has occurred since discovering the natural power of horses to support people by the combination of evidence-based counseling and therapies, Positive Education and equine assisted work


Conference Gala Dinner

The conference gala dinner will be held on Thursday 12 April. This dinner is included for all delegates staying on campus.

Those staying off campus are very welcome to attend but will need to have purchased a ticket to this event.

Dress is cocktail, with ‘a touch of your top character strength’! Many of you will be very familiar with the VIA Character Strengths, and probably know your own top 5 off by heart. For those of you who haven’t yet completed the VIA survey, we’d encourage you to do this prior to the conference. Please click here to take the survey – it’s free, and you might learn something new about yourself!

Your ‘touch of character strength’ could be something as simple as a badge, or something bolder. Time to get creative!

Conference Dress Code
Business casual

PESA 2018 Conference App
To reduce our environmental impact, we have made a conscious effort to keep the 2018 National PESA Conference as paper-free and eco-friendly as possible. We have therefore created an app that will serve as your Conference Guide.

The app contains a complete and comprehensive conference schedule, speaker bios, workshop and masterclass information, emergency information, a social network exclusively available to conference attendees, sponsor information and much more.

The app is easy to download and is designed to work on all devices, including both Android and iOS (Apple) phones and tablets.

If you cannot or do not wish to download this app, all its content is available here at our official conference website – pesa2018.com.

To download the app –

  1. Visit your app store and search for ‘PESA 2018’ (or access the link from pesa2018.com)
  2. Download the app
  3. Create your own profile on the app
  4. Enjoy!

A condensed conference booklet will be included in your delegate bag which summarises the program and other important information, but the app and this website contain more comprehensive details.

Conference Ticket Inclusions:

  • Access to the full conference program on your selected days
  • Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch on your selected days
  • If you are staying on campus, your ticket also includes your breakfasts and dinners
  • Those staying on campus, or those who have purchased a Conference Dinner ticket, are welcome to attend the Gala Dinner on Thursday night
  • Access to the Wellbeing Centre for all those staying on campus (and those with a Wellbeing Centre pass. A 3 day pass can be purchased for $30 at TryBooking).
  • Choice of 1 workshop and 1 masterclass per session
  • Attendance at activities specified in the conference program on your selected days

Book Swap

They say sharing is caring, so we’ll be offering a book swap at the Conference.

Please bring along your favourite Positive Education book to our book swap table, and trade it in for someone else’s! Keep an eye out for our book swap table in the exhibitor hall.

Transport – Arriving by Air
If you are travelling to the conference by plane, you will most likely be arriving at either Tullamarine Airport or Avalon Airport.

Tullamarine Airport
is around 65km from Geelong Grammar School. Options include:

  • Rental car which may be collected at the airport.
  • Taxi (around $150+)
  • Uber (around $100-150)
  • The Gull Bus, a commercial shuttle bus that drops off near the campus. https://gull.com.au/ . The stop is Corio Village. You would then need to catch a taxi (approx. 5km) to the school. The taxi phone number is 131 008.

Avalon Airport is closer, around 14 km away from Geelong Grammar. A taxi will cost around $30-40, and an Uber would be around $30. A rental car is also an option from Avalon airport.

Those arriving at Avalon and staying in Geelong city (ie. not on campus) might also consider the Skybus.

Transport – Arriving by Road

From Geelong:
13 KM DRIVE - 20 MINUTES

Head along La Trobe Terrace towards Melbourne for approx. 10 km. La Trobe Terrace becomes Princes Freeway (M1). Turn right into School Road.

For access to the main Car Park: Follow the road over the railway line and through a roundabout at Shell Parade, turn left near the Equestrian Centre at the sign.

From Melbourne:
63 KM DRIVE - 55-60 MINUTES

Head over the West Gate Bridge and follow the signs Princes Freeway (M1) to Geelong for approx. 60 km. Follow the signs to Shell Parade (C115) from the M1.

For access to the main Car Park: Follow the road through the first roundabout and turn left at the second roundabout into School Road. Turn left near the Equestrian Centre at the sign.

Melway reference 432 K6

Accommodation
Delegates who are staying on campus will be allocated a room according to the accommodation option purchased (single, shared or dormitory-style) and room allocations will be provided upon registration at Geelong Grammar.

Those who are travelling by car are most welcome to bring their own pillow and/or doona. A pillow and blanket will be provided for all delegates, but if you would prefer your own home comforts then you are most welcome to bring these with you.

Please visit the Registration tent near the SPACE (or call the onsite conference manager number which will be operational from 11 April) if you have any questions in relation to your accommodation.

Please note that we have a strict no smoking policy in the rooms (and across the entire campus), and no additional guests are permitted to stay in your room overnight.

All delegates who are checking out of their accommodation on Saturday 14 April are asked to kindly place all of their belongings and luggage in their boarding house common room before departing for the start of the final day of conference.

Wellbeing Pass
The Handbury Centre for Wellbeing will be open in the mornings from 6:00am. A range of activities will be on offer each morning, from yoga to Tai Chi (a program will be available shortly on the conference app and at pesa2018.com). Delegates staying on campus are welcome to use the Handbury Centre at no additional cost. For those staying off campus, a Wellbeing Pass can be purchased via TryBooking.

Workshops and Masterclasses
For Workshop and Masterclass times and locations, please visit the Conference app or go to pesa2018.com.

Each day, 20+ workshops and 5-6 Masterclasses by local and international presenters will be offered, covering a vast range of topics and designed to cater to those new to Positive Education as well as those with considerable experience.

Workshops will run for 60 minutes, and will take either a ‘Spotlight’ format (usually with one or two presenters), or a ‘Connect’ format, where we bring together a group of 4 diverse presenters to discuss a common theme or topic.

Masterclasses will run for 75 minutes.

We will send out a link to the Workshop and Masterclass booking form on 3 April. Delegates may book one workshop and one masterclass per session.

Catering & Meals
For delegates staying on campus, all meals are fully catered from dinner on Wednesday 11 April through to afternoon tea on Saturday 14 April.

If you have listed any dietary limitations on your booking form, these have been communicated to our caterers and we will do our best to accommodate.

For delegates staying off campus, all morning and afternoon teas and lunches are included. A ticket may be purchased to attend the dinner on 12 April, but unfortunately we are unable to offer those delegates staying off campus a dinner option on 11 or 13 April.

Coffee and tea, fruit and water will be available throughout the day during the conference. Delegates will also have the option to purchase coffee and tea from coffee vans on campus located out the front of the Dining Hall lawn each morning through until early afternoon.

We hope you have a wonderful time at the PESA 2018 National Conference - learn, share and CONNECT!

Registration

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Optional tour of campus

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Enjoy an evening stroll while familiarising yourself with the beautiful Geelong Grammar School campus

Conference Welcome Dinner - All delegates staying on campus welcome

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Dining Hall

This dinner is for all delegates staying on campus.  We are unfortunately not able to accommodate delegates staying off campus at this dinner.

Wellbeing Adventure Race!

07:00 PM 08:00 PM Dining Hall

Dr Aaron Jarden, Dr Suzy Green and Dr Jo Mitchell will lead our Mystery Event - come along and meet your fellow delegates, have fun and kick start the conference off with a fun group activity packed with positivity!

Supper - Retire to Boarding Houses

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Retire to the Boarding houses for a cuppa and a chat

Handbury Centre for Wellbeing open

06:00 AM 08:30 AM Handbury Wellbeing Center


from 6:00am, Swim, Wellbeing Centre

from 6:00am, Exercise – Weights or Cardio, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

from 6:00am, Hit of tennis, Tennis Courts beside Wellbeing Centre
(Tennis racquets and balls available at Wellbeing Centre)

6:15 – 7:00am, Circuit Training with Marshall Radcliff, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

6:15 – 7:00am Mindful Meditation, Janet Etty-Leal, Fisher Library (across from Chapel)

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Breathe (Thurs), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Be Still (Fri), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Be light (Sat), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:15am, Limeburner’s Bay Walk, Meet outside Wellbeing Centre

6:15 – 7:15am Equine Assisted PP – Pos Eq, Jane Hall, Equestrian Centre

6:30 – 7:15am, Morning run/jog , Justin Robinson, Meet outside Wellbeing Centre

6:30 – 7:30am, Tai chi for beginners and for all (Thurs and Fri only), Tom Brunzell, Lawn outside Wellbeing Centre

6:30 – 7:30am, Yoga for all, Shannan O’Neill, Wellbeing Centre – Dance Studio

6:30 – 7:30am, Pilates, Wellbeing Centre – Upstairs Classroom

6:30 – 7:30am, Spin Class (Exercise bikes), Paul Stonehouse, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM SPACE

Breakfast - All Delegates Staying On Campus Welcome

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Dining Hall

Traditional Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony

08:30 AM 08:50 AM SPACE

Smoking ceremony to be led by the Wadawurrung (Wathaurong) Elders.

Wathaurong, also called the Wathaurung and Wadawurrung, are an Indigenous Australian tribe living in the area near Melbourne, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Address by Mayor Bruce Harwood, City of Greater Geelong

08:50 AM 08:55 AM SPACE

Official Welcome - PESA Chairman, Simon Murray

08:55 AM 09:05 AM SPACE

Official welcome by PESA Chairman, Mr Simon Murray

Keynote - Dr Martin EP Seligman

09:15 AM 09:55 AM SPACE

The Hope Circuit
One of the most important psychologists alive today will share with us the story of the transformation of modern psychology through the lens of his own career and change of heart.

Martin E. P. Seligman is one of the most decorated and popular psychologists of his generation. When he first encountered the discipline in the 1960s, it was devoted to eliminating misery: the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms. Today, thanks in large part to Dr Seligman's own work pioneering the Positive Psychology movement, it is ever more focused on the bright side; gratitude, resilience, and hope.

In this keynote, which shares the title of his latest book, Dr Seligman will recount how he learned to study optimism; including a life-changing conversation with his five-year-old daughter. Dr Seligman will share the human stories behind some of his major findings and recount developing CAVE, an analytical tool that predicts election outcomes (with shocking accuracy) based on the language used in campaign speeches, and the canonical studies that birthed the theory of learned helplessness - which he now reveals was incorrect. 

Dr Seligman's keynote will make a compelling and deeply personal case for the importance of virtues like hope, anticipation, gratitude, and wisdom for our mental health. You will walk away from this keynote not just educated but deeply enriched.

Speakers

Keynote - Dr Helen Street

10:00 AM 10:20 AM SPACE

The Spaces Between Us

It is time that educators paid more attention to ‘social context’ in their endeavours to support academic, social and emotional learning in our schools and colleges. Dr Helen Street’s model of contextual wellbeing (Street, 2017) divides the school context into four distinct areas of social influence: the people, the policy and practice, the social norms and the physical space around us, and between us. In this talk, Helen will focus on the importance of physical space and the significant influence it has on all members of a school community. In so doing she will describe what healthy classroom and shared school spaces look like; and how they can valuably support student behaviour, wellbeing and self-determination.

Speakers

Keynote - Dr Lucy Hone

10:20 AM 10:40 AM SPACE

Resilient Grieving

When Dr Hone’s 12-year old daughter was killed in a tragic road accident in 2014, life as she knew it ended. However, her extensive training in resilience psychology, made her push back against the bereavement experts’ traditionally passive approach to grieving as she attempted to restore personal agency to a hopeless situation.

Told to write off five years of her life, Dr Hone set out on a personal
experiment to test the effectiveness of positive interventions when applied to the worst-form of bereavement, the death of a child. By applying the breadth of positive psychology theories and strategies to the bereavement context – something that had not been done before - Dr Hone created a new field, which she named Resilient Grieving. She now works with civil defence and emergency management, school counselors, clinicians, healthcare workers and bereavement professionals to train those dealing with change and loss, teaching them the practical tools of positive psychology that supported her own healthy adaptation to loss.

Speakers

Keynote - Patrick Dangerfield & Brian Cook

10:40 AM 11:00 AM SPACE

Prioritising Wellbeing within an Elite Sporting Club and its Community

Speakers

Morning Tea

11:00 AM 11:30 AM SPACE

All delegates welcome.

Masterclasses - 6 Streams

11:30 AM 12:45 PM Locations in description.

These are 75 minute sessions.  Delegates may attend 1 session of their choice (listed alphabetically according to speaker surname):

Janet Etty-Leal
Darling Quad – Darling Hall

Meditation Capsules
Bringing Mindfulness to Life in the Classroom
Engaging the Heart, Mind, Body Connection. This masterclass will explore practical hands-on opportunities to sharpen attention, re-tune bodies and reset brains for optimal learning outcomes and harmonious classrooms. Make mindfulness personally relevant and meaningful for students.  Content includes:
  • A palette of practices to connect to the senses and engage all learning styles
  • Ways to dovetail practices with the curriculum
  • Creative teaching aids and props to enliven practices

Dan Haesler
Director, Cut Through Coaching and Consulting

The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)
From Inspiration to Implementation
In this Masterclass, participants will explore how they can take the inspiration and all they learn at the PESA Conference to empower their colleagues and community with regard to Positive Education.

This Masterclass will shed light on why some efforts in the past have worked whilst others have fallen by the wayside whilst suggesting some strategies to drive change or progress at school.

This session will also look at the most typical behaviours we see in staff during challenging times or change and it will serve as an introduction as to the power of coaching in schools. All masterclass participants will receive resources to take back to use in their schools.

Therese Joyce
Director of Positive Education, Peninsula Grammar

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Positive Education 101
What is Positive Education? Why is it important? And, above all, how do we ‘do’ it? This introduction to the science and application of positive education will present a range of practical resources and relevant real life applications. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on how these might best be implemented within their own specific context.
Suitable for absolute beginners to positive education, as well as those wanting to discover the latest resources, or simply get back to basics, delegates will gain a broad overview of theories within positive education, as well as pragmatic tips, ideas and tools available for schools, regardless of budget.
In this interactive presentation, Therese will share examples of tiny wins and magnificent fails, all part of the journey to embedding positive psychology within education.

Toni Powell
Author, Speaker, Educator

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Creating Great Relationships
For the last 40 years, Toni has been on a quest to understand how good relationships are created and how to do conflict well. Toni's raw and honest class is based on lived experience and is a mix of captivating storytelling and science-based insight.  If you're after practical tools that will improve your relationships and you enjoy 'aha' moments then you'll love this interactive session where you'll discover some very simple ways to make every one of your relationships more amazing.

Dr Arne Rubenstein
Music School (H01)

Rites of Passage Institute
Rites of Passage
Rites of Passage have been used by traditional and indigenous communities for thousands of years as a way of celebrating and marking significant transitions in a persons life. Of particular importance has been boys becoming men and girls becoming women. This interactive masterclass will outline the key elements of any Rite of Passage and clearly demonstrate how they can be introduced into school programs and camps as a perfect way to not only mark the key transitions students go through on their journey at school but also to build healthy communities, teach key life skills and positively impact on mental health.


Michelle McQuaid, Positive Psychology teacher

Fisher Library
Is an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Summit right for your school?

As Appreciative inquiry (AI) continues to grow in popularity as a quick, effective, affordable means of building whole school approaches to Positive Education. But what exactly is an AI Summit and when might it be the right tool for your school?

In this masterclass you’ll discover the ‘hot of the PhD presses’ research Michelle has completed with Professor David Cooperrider to help you understand what it takes to really realise the value of an AI summit in your school and the nine simple questions you should ask to ensure an AI Summit is the right fit.

Speakers

Lunch - All Delegates Welcome

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Dining Hall

Wellbeing Center is open for use during the lunch break (Pool, Gym, Studio etc) 

An optional tour of the school will run during this lunch break also 

Optional School Tour. Wellbeing Centre open.

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Workshops

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Various - See description.

20+ workshops are on offer during this timeslot. Delegates may choose one workshop per day.

Please click here to view full list of workshops and presenters.

Thursday April 12th

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Tan-Chyuan Chin, The University of Melbourne
MEASURING AND BUILDING STUDENT WELL-BEING IN SCHOOLS: EMERGING DATA TRENDS AND PERSPECTIVES FROM SCHOOLS

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Dana Kerford, URSTRONG & Dr Deb Perich, Perth College
THE LANGUAGE OF FRIENDSHIP: ENERGISING THE ‘R’ IN PERMA BY DEVELOPING SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES

The SPACE – X03
Joanna Bell, Daisy Turnbull Brown, St Catherine’s School,
Laura Higgins, Elisabeth Murdoch College
Katherine Russell-Smith, Methodist Ladies College (Perth)
CONNECT WORKSHOP: STORIES FROM THE COALFACE: IMPLEMENTATION AND SUSTAINING A CULTURE OF POSITIVE EDUCATION

The SPACE – X04
Intan Hashimah Mohd Hashim, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ardene Mandziy Australian International School Singapore
Yeow-Ling NG, Westwood Primary School, Singapore: Jaslina Yassin, Da Qiao Primary School, Singapore
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION – INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The SPACE – X05
Cheng Chiau Chui, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Gabriela Maldonado, Kristin School, NZ
Stephanie Raike, Langwarrin Sarah Roney, Langwarrin
CONNECT WORKSHOP: BEST PRACTICE:EMBEDDING POSITIVE EDUCATION WITHIN PEDAGOGY AND CURRICULUM -

Middle School – M02
Liam Casson, Christ Church Grammar School
A STUDENT VOICE TO WELLBEING

Middle School – M03
Darren Morton, Avondale College of Higher Education
AT LEAST HALF OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY OCCURS BELOW THE NECK!

Middle School – M04
Eric B. Hamilton & Dr Mary E. Sanders, Aviva Education, South America
HOW TO CONNECT YOUR POSITIVE EDUCATION VISION TO REALITY

Middle School – M05
Sal Valentino, Loyola College
YEAR 7 CHARACTER STRENGTHS SHOWCASE – A CELEBRATION OF STUDENT STRENGTHS AT PARENT EDUCATION EVENINGS

Middle School – M11
Addie Wootten & Anna Lam, Smiling Mind
INTRODUCING THE NEW SMILING MIND MINDFULNESS CURRICULUM

Middle School – M13
Mick Walsh, Learning Curve
POSITIVE EDUCATION: SHIFTING MINDSETS AND CREATING WELLBEING

Middle School – M14
Marcus Wicher, Auburn South Primary School
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND SCHOOL LEADER WELLBEING

European Languages – E01
Adam Cooper, Maroondah City Council & Mel Jeffery - Maroondah City Council, Emily Murcott - Mullum Primary School - HOPE Leader & Edwina Ricci - HOPE Leader
BEYOND THE SCHOOL FENCE: SCALING POSITIVE EDUCATION TO CULTIVATE A COMMUNITY OF WELLBEING

European Languages – E02
Sarah Shepherd
NEGOTIATIONS - MEANINGFUL DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: CREATING A BIGGER PIE:

European Languages – E03
Sarah Macdonald & Roz Rimes, Canine Comprehension
SAVOURING THE SUCCESS OF DOG ASSISTED LEARNING

Science – S01
Anna Lewkowicz, Department for Education and Child Development, SA
MEASURING STUDENT WELLBEING - EXPERIENCES AND NEXT STEPS

Science – S02
Laura Allison, PLC Perth PLC
LIGHTHOUSE: INSPIRING LIFELONG WELLBEING

Science – S11
Sean Loriaux & Nerieda Anderson, Calamvale Community College
PUTTING POSITIVE EDUCATION INTO PRACTICE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL: THE CALAMVALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE POSITIVE EDUCATION JOURNEY

Science – S12
Lisa Baker, Centre for Early Education, Ballarat Grammar School & Dr Suzy Green, The Positivity Institute
POSITIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: EXPANDING THE REACH OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTO EARLY CHILDHOOD

Cook Quad – C01
Shannyn Daniel, Mount Barker High School
SENIOR ENGLISH: EMBEDDING POSITIVE EDUCATION TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Cook Quad – C03
Dr Paula Robinson, Positive Psychology Institute & Nicky Sloss, AIS, NSW
POSITIVE EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET: WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS CREATING WELLBEING FOR OUR YOUNG DIGITAL CITIZENS

Cook Quad – C04
David Kolpak & Ben Storer, St Peter's College, Adelaide
INTEGRATED STRENGTHS BASED APPROACHES TO EARLY, JUNIOR AND MIDDLE YEAR SCHOOLING – A WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH

Please refer to the conference app or PESA2018.com for details and to register.

Afternoon Tea - All Delegates Welcome

03:15 PM 03:45 PM SPACE

Keynote - Georgie Harman

03:35 PM 04:05 PM SPACE

Building a better future: Supporting positive mental health in children and young people in educational settings

Research shows one in seven children in Australia has had a mental health disorder in the past 12 months and half all adult mental health conditions emerge before the age of 14.

This makes the prevention of childhood and adolescent mental health issues – and early, effective intervention when they do occur – a national priority.

The National Mental Health Commission acknowledged this in 2014 when it identified schools as a key priority for the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing.

This led to a Commonwealth Government grant in June 2017 of $52.7 million over two years for beyondblue to design and develop a ground-breaking project to improve the mental health literacy and practices of Australian children.

In January this year the Commonwealth consolidated that commitment with up to $46.0 million of further funding to guarantee the program’s national rollout and uptake by early learning services, primary and secondary schools over four years.

The national education initiative is to be launched by beyondblue – in partnership with Early Childhood Australia and headspace for service delivery in September.

The vision of the national education initiative is that all Australian early learning services, primary and secondary schools become positive, inclusive and resilient communities within which everyone – children and adolescents, teachers and principals, staff and parents – has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

It will take the very best from five existing programs KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary, MindMatters, headspace School Support and Response Ability – and evolve into a community warehouse where educators can access the latest evidence-based information and research, enrol in professional development units, seek on-line advice or face-to-face support and receive a rapid response in the event of a critical incident. More than ever parents and carers will be encouraged to become part of their children’s learning communities by engaging with the national education initiative and apply the knowledge acquired in their own lives.

Our goal is that every Australian child – from the moment they enter the education system to the day they leave – has the opportunity to achieve their best possible mental health.


Speakers

Keynote - Anh Do

04:05 PM 04:35 PM SPACE

Anh Do - A Resilient Life

The story begins in the Indian Ocean - 1980. An 8 metre fishing boat with 47 Vietnamese Refugees cramped in like sardines. A 2 year old boy is sick from de-hydration, his desperate mother can do nothing to help him – water ran out days ago, and so far one person has died.

Fast forward to Australia - 2008. The little boy is 30 years old and has been voted Comedian of the Year. He is recognized by kids and adults alike who call out jokes they’ve heard on Rove Live, Thank God You’re Here and Dancing With the Stars. He’s entertained, motivated and inspired thousands and thousands at corporate events in Australia and throughout the world.

The ups and downs, trials and tribulations, difficulties and successes of a refugee during those 2 decades makes for an incredible and amazing inspirational tale that has the audience gripped with emotion one minute and then howling with laughter the next. The result is always a room that has been transformed.

From language difficulties to divorcing parents, from being broke to being bullied, from becoming a lawyer to becoming Comedian of the Year… Anh uses all his life’s experiences to lift an audience to great heights of inspired motivation.

“Simply Amazing!!!...he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance”

- Lisa Dawson - Toshiba Australia

We thought we were "just" getting a really funny comedian - and we certainly did - but so much more…we have had many speakers over the years and Anh was the "best ever!".

- Glenys Broadhead – The Conference Team
“Anh is the consummate professional and took a lot of time to learn about our business and the people involved - he has a strong inspirational message and is just a great performer - I'd recommend Anh unreservedly.”

- Simon Lyon - Fuji Xerox

“Inspiring, positive, uplifting… Brilliant”

- Ian Hyman - Hymans Asset Management

Speakers

Reflection and Close of Day One

04:55 PM 05:00 PM

Wellbeing Centre Open

05:00 PM 06:30 PM The Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

Video Welcome - The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health

05:00 PM 05:05 PM

Campbell Remess - The 'Teddy Bear Boy'

05:05 PM 05:35 PM SPACE

Project 365: Kindness is Simple

Campbell was 9 years old when he asked to gift children in hospital with Christmas gifts, when told it would cost too much he started to make them. Now in his 5th year Campbell has made thousands of gifts he sends to hospitals and people in need world wide. He has created his own charity (Australia's youngest CEO) where he gifts Kindness Crusies, Holidays on cruise ships to unsuspecting nominees that are battling cancer with the goal of them relaxing and regrouping to start new memories after the cancer experience. In six months since the Birth of this idea, Campbell has gifted 11 Kindness cruises to families. Campbell has raised in excess of $150k for charity, made thousands of handcrafted gifts, sends bears to victims of terrorist attacks and others in need. Campbell is now fundraising to help to fund a research scholarship with the Menzies Centre in Hobart to have a hands on researcher working with him and his Project 365 Family to achieve his goal of finding cures for cancers. Campbell takes his project very seriously and works tirelessly, he has experienced the impact of cancer first hand with his dad battling for 6 years and he has watched friends and loved ones beat it as well as experienced severe loss when the disease has overcome some loved ones, his goal to help find a cure for cancer is upmost in his priorities but helping people stay strong is his motivation.

GGS Campus Tour

05:30 PM 06:30 PM Registration Tent

We would love if you could join us on a Campus Tours, leaving from the Registration Tent each day.

CONNECT Gathering - Pre-dinner drinks

06:30 PM 07:00 PM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

Join your fellow delegates for a drink and a chat.

Conference Gala Dinner and Entertainment

07:00 PM 11:00 PM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

Open to all delegates staying on campus, and those who have purchased a conference dinner ticket

Dress: Cocktail, with ‘a touch of your top character strength’!

Wear your dancing shoes - we have a terrific band scheduled to play later in the evening!

Evening Concludes

11:00 PM 12:00 AM

Handbury Centre for Wellbeing open

06:00 AM 08:30 AM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

from 6:00am, Swim, Wellbeing Centre

from 6:00am, Exercise – Weights or Cardio, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

from 6:00am, Hit of tennis, Tennis Courts beside Wellbeing Centre
(Tennis racquets and balls available at Wellbeing Centre)

6:15 – 7:00am, Circuit Training with Marshall Radcliff, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

6:15 – 7:00am Mindful Meditation, Janet Etty-Leal, Fisher Library (across from Chapel)

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Breathe (Thurs), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Be Still (Fri), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Be light (Sat), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:15am, Limeburner’s Bay Walk, Meet outside Wellbeing Centre

6:15 – 7:15am Equine Assisted PP – Pos Eq, Jane Hall, Equestrian Centre

6:30 – 7:15am, Morning run/jog , Justin Robinson, Meet outside Wellbeing Centre

6:30 – 7:30am, Tai chi for beginners and for all (Thurs and Fri only), Tom Brunzell, Lawn outside Wellbeing Centre

6:30 – 7:30am, Yoga for all, Shannan O’Neill, Wellbeing Centre – Dance Studio

6:30 – 7:30am, Pilates, Wellbeing Centre – Upstairs Classroom

6:30 – 7:30am, Spin Class (Exercise bikes), Paul Stonehouse, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

Breakfast - All Delegates Staying On Campus Welcome

07:00 AM 08:30 AM Dining Hall

Marita Hayes-Brown, PESA CEO, Welcome to Day 2

08:30 AM 08:40 AM SPACE

Keynote - Dr Lea Waters

08:40 AM 09:20 AM SPACE

The Strength Switch: Science, Stories and Strategies to Help Students Thrive

The Strength Switch combines the research of Professor Lea Waters on strength-based parenting and teaching with three decades of research from strength-based science and positive psychology. In this talk, Professor Waters will show the positive benefits of flicking our strength switch and building on children’s strengths before we correct their weaknesses. She will showcase her science and point the audience to useful tools and practices. The Strength Switch is an approach suitable for parents, teachers, school counselors and mental health practitioners working with young people and families.

Speakers

Keynote - Dr Tony Fernando

09:25 AM 09:55 AM SPACE

Compassion is Happiness

We all want to be happy and fulfilled. We send our children to the best possible schools hoping that they will learn how to navigate through life's challenges successfully. However, many of our academic curricula have focused mainly on being competitive, as well as cognitive and professional development with the aim of securing a good and secure job in the future. Fortunately, some "enlightened" schools are now incorporating mindfulness and positive psychology training into the traditional curriculum.

This talk will focus on one aspect of happiness, specifically compassion, often considered as one of the highest forms of happiness. Compassion is a complex emotional/motivation state that falls under prosocial emotional states which include empathy, sympathy, kindness and forgiveness. In this session, we will look at compassion beyond the moral, ethical and religious lens. We will examine compassion in terms of its evolutionary significance, biology and psychology.

An area that our research group has studied, barriers to compassion, will be reviewed. Knowing the barriers and identifying facilitators will allow targeted interventions in enhancing compassion.

Speakers

Mindfulness in Schools - Panel Discussion

10:00 AM 10:30 AM SPACE

Should we be teaching kids to meditate at school? What are the benefits of mindfulness practices for young people? Are teachers equipped to lead this age old practice?

These are some of the questions educators and school leaders are grappling with as mindfulness programs become more prominent in Australian schools.

This discussion panel, hosted by Janis Coffey, Head of Middle School at Southern Cross Grammar, will inquire into the various perspectives from a range of experts in psychology, spirituality, and from organisations dedicated to teaching mindfulness.  

Student representatives from Southern Cross Grammar will give their take on mental fitness in the teenage years and how schools can help.

Panelists include:
  • Addie Wooten, Smiling Mind
  • Therese Sheedy, MAPP, registered psychologist
  • Dr Marian de Souza, Member of the Exec of the International Assoc for Children’s Spirituality
  • Grant Milbourne's, Insight Mindfulness Education 
  • Tomai Laspas, Year 9 Student, Southern Cross Grammar
  • Callum Weir, Year 9 Student, Southern Cross Grammar


Morning Tea- All Delegates Welcome

10:30 AM 11:00 AM SPACE

Masterclasses - 6 Streams Available

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Locations in description.

These are 75 minute sessions. Delegates may attend 1 session of their choice (listed alphabetically according to speaker surname):

Bruce Armstrong
Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group, Department of Education and Training

Fisher Library
Authenticity in an age of anxiety

Whilst people may not know the content of the Pulitzer prize winning book W.D. Auden’s “The Age of Anxiety”, they know the title, as it is a phrase that seems to capture the consciousness of our times in pointing to the existential threats of climate change, nuclear war, terrorism and artificial intelligence, to name a few.
Rapid and accelerating change characterises our society. Its effects and impacts are manifest everywhere. How then should we lead? What emotional competencies of leadership are needed? How can we be authentic as leaders as we help navigate uncharted waters? Is positivity the only stance in the seasons of life and leadership?


Mark Collard
Playmeo

Music School (H01)
Connection before Content – Simple activities that help students connect

A practical, interactive masterclass, which will present a series of group experiences and activities that can be used to invite your students to connect with one another and build and strengthen their relationships. Emphasis will be on simple, non-threatening, and contagiously fun exercises, which have been proven to engage students easily and positively. Mark will demonstrate an actual sequence of activities, and discuss the critical importance of intentionally building connections among your students to encourage their participation, and help them step outside their 'comfort zones' to play, share, learn and grow.

Rhiannon McGee & David Bott
Geelong Grammar School

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
10 Lessons Learned in 10 Years of Positive Education (What Went Wrong)

In 2008, Geelong Grammar School (GGS) became the first school in the world to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing, based on the emerging science of Positive Psychology. This approach became known as Positive Education and has helped transform the educational landscape in Australia and internationally. As GGS’s model for Positive Education has evolved, the field has continued to grow and GGS has been committed to assisting as many schools as possible in their quest to place wellbeing at the heart of education with Positive Education. In this interactive masterclass, Rhiannon McGee, current Head of Positive Education at GGS and David Bott, Associate Director of the school’s Institute of Positive Education, will explore 10 of the most important lessons learned from GGS’s first decade of Positive Education: what went well, what went wrong and where to next. Charlie Scudamore, GGS Vice Principal and Justin Robinson, Director of GGS’s Institute of Positive Education will also be present to share and discuss their insights into the first decade of Positive Education at the School.

Dr Lindsay Oades
University of Melbourne

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Positive Education is Not Possible Without Wellbeing Literacy

Relationships are central to wellbeing. Language is central to relating and hence any attempt to improve wellbeing will likely involve language. Literacy may be defined as the control of the use of language. Whilst humans are prewired for language, literacy is learned.

The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to understand wellbeing literacy in the context of school positive education. Participants will gain knowledge of the concept of wellbeing literacy and understanding of wellbeing literacy related practices across the six texts: reading, listening (eg music), viewing (eg visual art), writing (eg poetry), speaking and creating (eg performance).

The workshop will use personal and professional experiences as a way of understanding wellbeing literacy and practices to build wellbeing literacy. Practical workshop learning exercises will include the six texts enabling participants to (a) understand how a current positive education intervention uses the six texts and (b) design a new intervention ensuring that it captures the six texts of wellbeing literacy.

Dr Denise Quinlan & Dr Lucy Hone
Directors, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ 

Darling Quad – Darling Hall
Kicking for The Surface: Practical strategies for promoting and protecting wellbeing

This masterclass explains why at some point in our lives we will all need strategies to look after our wellbeing and build our resilience. Lucy and Denise provide practical tools that can be used every day to build resilience and wellbeing and can also be useful in challenging times. Simple and memorable strategies that are paperwork and copyright free and require no additional training belong in all our toolkits.

Assoc Prof Mathew White
University of Adelaide

The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)
Leading Positive Change

How do leaders establish school cultures to enable positive learning and wellbeing environments? Leadership, at all levels, plays a pivotal role in developing school environment and culture. Perceived or real inconsistencies between leadership and wellbeing objectives are one of the most significant barriers to the implementation of whole school wellbeing practices and programs. This masterclass will explore positive education leadership practice with the aim to move whole systems from welfare to a sustainable wellbeing approach.

This masterclass will explore a model for Positive Education Leadership across the following domains of school life:
  • leadership, management and strategy,
  • policy,
  • process,
  • measurement, and
  • teaching practice.

Effective leadership can articulate wellbeing, positive education and how it can be applied to schools. Ineffective leadership can undoubtedly highlight ill-being, pathologise students, erode relationships, diminish staff engagement and marginalise academic mastery.

Speakers

Lunch - All Delegates Welcome

12:15 PM 01:30 PM Dining Hall

Wellbeing Centre open

12:15 PM 01:30 PM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

GGS Campus Tour

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Registration Tent

We would love if you could join us on a Campus Tours, leaving from the Registration Tent each day.

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:30 PM

20+ workshops are on offer during this timeslot. Delegates may choose one workshop per day.

Please click here to view full list of workshops and presenters.

Friday April 13th

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Kim Bence & Anne Johnstone, Ravenswood School for Girls
MOVING FORWARD FROM PROGRAMS TO PRACTICE: THE FUTURE OF LEARNING AND WELLBEING IN SCHOOLS AND THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Lara Mossman, La Trobe University & Gavin Slemp, University of Melbourne
GROWTH-FOCUSED COACHING; PROMOTING PLAYER WELLBEING AND INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

The SPACE – X03
Warren Bull & Nicola Pepper, Elisabeth Murdoch College & Langwarrin Primary School
Ian Smith & Amy Moreen, Tiwi College: Positive Education in an Indigenous Community
CONNECT WORKSHOP: PASTORAL CARE & POSITIVE EDUCATION IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

The SPACE – X04
James Cummins, The Positivity Project
Meg Durham, Open Mind Education
Lisa Faye, Macleay College
Kim Waters, Uladullah High School
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION ON A SHOESTRING

The SPACE – X05
Anupama Anaparti, Osmania University
Rhiannon McGee, Geelong Grammar School
Leonie Abbott, Berry Street Educational Model
Andrea Downie, Project Thrive
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION IN A DIGITAL AGE

Middle School – M02
Sharon Garro, Red Rock Christian College and Visible Wellbeing Facilitator
DIFFERENT NOT DISORDERED: HOW TO USE EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS TO PRIME STUDENTS FOR GROWTH

Middle School – M03
Sandra Surace, St Catherine's Primary, Moorabbin
CREATING THE VILLAGE: USING POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY STRATEGIES FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Middle School – M04
Erin McLaughlin Griffin, Wyoming Seminary
ENGAGING ACADEMICS: LOOKING AT POSITIVE EDUCATION THROUGH THE LENS OF VIEWPOINT DIVERSITY

Middle School – M05
Emma Lau & Jenny Lau, Good Hope School, Hong Kong
FLOWING IN THE CLASSROOM: FOCUS, LOVE, OPTIMISM, WILL

Middle School – M11
Saraid Doherty & Adrienne Baucke, Parkmore PS
BUILDING STUDENT VOICE AND AGENCY IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL POSITIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Middle School – M13
David Kelly & Matthew Iasiello, SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre
RESILIENT FUTURES: AN INDIVIDUAL AND SYSTEM-LEVEL APPROACH TO EMBEDDING WELLBEING AND RESILIENCE IN FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS (FLO) SETTINGS

Middle School – M14
Ariadne Lack, Human Endeavours
FOSTERING STRENGTHS BASED LEARNING (SBL) IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTINGS AS A WAY TO ENHANCE THE LEARNING, IDENTITY AND WELLBEING OUTCOMES OF YOUNG CHILDREN

European Languages – E01
Andrea Downie, Project Thrive and The University of Melbourne & Rachel Colla, Merakai and University of Melbourne
IF THE SYSTEM IS NOT RIGHT, IT’S REALLY HARD TO THRIVE: WHEN POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTERVENTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH

European Languages – E02
Paul Zappa & Anukesh Sharma, NIRODAH
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS!

European Languages – E03
Moya O'Brien, ICEP Europe
BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH NATURE CONNECTEDNESS

Science – S01
Stephen Heart, Playworks Oz
FOUNDATIONS OF POS ED THROUGH PLAY

Science – S02
Matt Seddon & Kirsty Whitwood, Kellett School, The British School in Hong Kong
FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS – A PRACTICAL WAY TO IMPLEMENT POSITIVE EDUCATION AT WHOLE SCHOOL LEVEL


Science – S11
Sean Inman, St. Peters College, Adelaide SA
HOW TO ENSURE STUDENT BUY-IN WHEN EMBEDDING POSITIVE EDUCATION IN A SENIOR SCHOOL: LESSONS LEARNT AFTER 7 YEARS OF POSITIVE EDUCATION AT ST. PETER’S COLLEGE

Science – S12
Bill Hallam, Deakin University
EUDAIMONIC WELLBEING

Cook Quad – C01
Jordi Kerr, GASP Project (City of Greater Geelong)
STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY – CREATING POSITIVE SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND FUTURES FOR LGBTI YOUNG PEOPLE

Cook Quad – C03
Nicky Sloss, Association of Independent Schools of NSW INCORPORATING THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AND WELLBEING

Cook Quad – C04
Rezia Rahumathullah & Jaslina Mokhsin, Da Qiao Primary School, Singapore
MAKING POSITIVE EDUCATION ‘STICK’: TRANSFORMATION OF A SCHOOL CULTURE THROUGH A SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEM



Please refer to the conference app or PESA2018.com for details and to register.

Afternoon tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM SPACE

Keynote - Dr Kerry Howells

03:00 PM 03:20 PM SPACE

A State of Preparedness: Connecting and Reflecting with Gratitude Before Action

When we think about the actions of teaching and learning we usually position this in the context of what is going on inside the classroom or other activities that directly achieve the curricula objectives.

This presentation postulates the importance of adopting an approach that I call ‘A State of Preparedness’, where we reflect on our inner attitude before our teaching begins. It argues that if teachers consciously prepare their being with gratitude, the quality of teaching and learning is enhanced.

The presentation draws on research in a range of different educational contexts which demonstrates that this approach can lead to improved student engagement and a greater sense of inter-connectedness between teachers and students. It also has the potential to have a positive impact on teacher wellbeing and resilience.

You will gain practical strategies for how to implement A State of Preparedness in the midst of time-poor and stressful environments, as well as ways of encouraging students to adopt A State of Preparedness before they enter their learning.

Keynote - Dr Toni Noble

03:20 PM 03:40 PM SPACE

Connecting a Community Through Positive Education

This keynote outlines the vision of one woman, Pauline Carrigan, to introduce positive education into schools in the Upper Hunter region of NSW.

This led to a grant research partnership with her community charity Where There’s A Will and the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education ACU to implement the Bounce Back program into 6 primary schools in the Upper Hunter. The empirical evidence from this project shows that even by grade 5 and 6 there is a decline in student wellbeing. This shows ‘why’ positive education should be introduced in the early primary years.

Connecting schools in one community in a shared goal, to teach the social and emotional skills for student wellbeing and resilience, illustrates ‘how’ a community-based approach to positive education can contribute to community wellbeing.

Speakers

Brain Break

03:40 PM 03:45 PM

Keynote - Collete Bos

03:45 PM 04:05 PM SPACE

Quality Relationships: A principle(al) of change

Colette Bos shares her journey of Positive Education from her experience in Aboriginal Schools, to her leadership and implementation of the philosophy in a large purpose built Birth to Year 12 low socio-economic school in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide and most recently in a diverse primary school with a large refugee and Aboriginal population.

Her story is centred on the authenticity of Positive Education embedded into practice and is lived and breathed in her leadership through inspiration and passion of her staff, enabling a sustainable approach.

A primary focus throughout her endeavours has been creating an understanding of the crucial role positive relationships have played to construct a Positive Education circumstance that enables all to work towards making contribution to self and others central in their lives.

She has supported schools as a leader of Wellbeing in the Department of Education and Child Development working across schools, this was critical in developing the pivotal role of relationships and student voice in Positive Education through listening generously to students and working in partnership with them to act on their recommendations.

This is shared through anecdotes, narrative and the voices of children – those who can and will achieve and those who deserve hope despite their background and most recently the story of collaboration with the Soldier Recovery Centre Adelaide.

Speakers

Keynote - Anne Johnstone

04:05 PM 04:25 PM SPACE

The power of high quality connections (HQCs) in schools

What if school students took an other-person-centered approach to their interactions with one another and experienced a boost in their own well-being while, in turn, generating a ripple effect of goodwill throughout their school?

This keynote address explores this possibility. Based on findings from the research undertaken for the Capstone of her Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania, and in context of an exciting journey in positive education at Ravenswood, Anne will reflect on the power of high quality connections (HQCs) in schools as a positive intervention for building connection and well-being.

She will share the inspiration and insights that form the basis of her current PhD studies on HQCs, and the ways in which educators can help students harness the power of connecting with each other to build well-being.

Speakers

Keynote - Cam Greenwood

04:30 PM 04:50 PM SPACE

Walk with Purpose - Finding your why in a world focused on the what

In today’s digital age, people are inundated with information on a daily basis, so much so that people exist in a state of overwhelm, without a clear direction or road-map for the future.

Cam believes that the key to happiness and success is to identify with ‘why’ we do what we do and let go of the ‘what’ as that disconnects us to our ultimate purpose.

The key themes Cam will cover in this keynote address include: Who are you? Why do you exist? The importance of focusing on the ‘why’, not the ‘what’. Why your ‘what’ will become so much more powerful when you know your ‘why’.

Cam will also explore the key to building organisations, leading movements and inspiring people.

Speakers

Day 2 Reflections & Announcements

04:50 PM 05:00 PM SPACE

Wellbeing Centre Open

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

CONNECT Cocktail Gathering

06:30 PM 07:00 PM The Gladys Bell Room

Dinner - A Touch of Mexico! All delegates staying on campus welcome.

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Dining Hall - Delegates Staying On Campus Only

Enjoy a fun evening of Mexican cuisine at this casual dinner.

This dinner is for all delegates staying on campus. We are unfortunately not able to accommodate delegates staying off campus at this dinner.

Various Connection and/or Reflection Activities - options weather dependent

08:00 PM 10:00 PM

Supper - Retire to Boarding Houses

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Handbury Centre for Wellbeing open

06:00 AM 08:25 AM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

from 6:00am, Swim, Wellbeing Centre

from 6:00am, Exercise – Weights or Cardio, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

from 6:00am, Hit of tennis, Tennis Courts beside Wellbeing Centre
(Tennis racquets and balls available at Wellbeing Centre)

6:15 – 7:00am, Circuit Training with Marshall Radcliff, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

6:15 – 7:00am Mindful Meditation, Janet Etty-Leal, Fisher Library (across from Chapel)

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Breathe (Thurs), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Be Still (Fri), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:00am, Reflection – Be light (Sat), Rev’d Gordon Lingard & Edwina Ricci, Chapel

6:15 – 7:15am, Limeburner’s Bay Walk, Meet outside Wellbeing Centre

6:15 – 7:15am Equine Assisted PP – Pos Eq, Jane Hall, Equestrian Centre

6:30 – 7:15am, Morning run/jog , Justin Robinson, Meet outside Wellbeing Centre

6:30 – 7:30am, Tai chi for beginners and for all (Thurs and Fri only), Tom Brunzell, Lawn outside Wellbeing Centre

6:30 – 7:30am, Yoga for all, Shannan O’Neill, Wellbeing Centre – Dance Studio

6:30 – 7:30am, Pilates, Wellbeing Centre – Upstairs Classroom

6:30 – 7:30am, Spin Class (Exercise bikes), Paul Stonehouse, Wellbeing Centre – Fitness Studio

Breakfast - All delegates staying on campus welcome

07:00 AM 08:25 AM Dining Hall

PESA Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr Martin EP Seligman

08:25 AM 08:40 AM SPACE

Presented by Simon Murray, PESA Chairman

Keynote - Emily Larson & Dr Alejandro Adler

08:40 AM 09:10 AM SPACE

Scale: From the Individual School to the Whole World
Emily Larson and Alejandro Adler present evidence that whole-school systemic transformations are both desirable and feasible, from the individual school to an increasing global network of researchers, educators, and policy makers. They show cross-cultural international data from countries including Bhutan, Mexico, Peru, and the USA. The results demonstrate that well-being has intrinsic value and also instrumental value -- it contributes to enhanced academic performance and other positive life outcomes. Emily and Alejandro talk about the methodological phases that bring about systemic change: measurement, stakeholder engagement, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaborations, curricular development, training, implementation, and ongoing impact evaluation. In a world that increasingly demands a new education paradigm, they present the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) as the best vehicle to bring researchers, educators, and policy makers together to realize the promise of Positive Education: a world in which all possess the skills to thrive.

Speakers

Video Presentation - Positive Education at Westwood Primary School

09:20 AM 09:40 AM SPACE

Anna Han - Positive Education China Academy

09:50 AM 09:55 AM SPACE

Anna Han will share with delegates her plans to promote Positive Education in China, in association with East China Normal University, Shanghai

PESA 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - All delegates requested to attend

10:00 AM 10:40 AM SPACE

Please click here to view the notice to members and to access all accompanying documents, including the agenda.

Morning Tea - all welcome

10:45 AM 11:00 AM SPACE

Masterclasses - 6 Streams

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Locations in description.

These are 75 minute sessions. Delegates may attend 1 session of their choice (listed alphabetically according to speaker surname):

Andrew Fuller

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Family Therapist
& John Hendry OAM

The SPACE – David Darling Play House (X01)

The Resilient Mindset
Research on 193,000 young people has revealed a cluster of factors that together create the 'resilient mindset'. The Resilient Mindset extends the concept of a Growth Mindset to make it more applicable for teachers and parents. The Resilient Mindset is specifically attuned to learning and behaviours in classrooms. Resilient Mindsets are differentiated from anxious mindsets and avoidant mindsets.

The results of the research is that there are key actions to be taken by teachers, parents and students to develop a resilient mindset. The establishment of a resilient mindset is related to increased engagement in learning, motivation and academic success. It also relates to the factor that most predicts success in life and in relationships- the ability to regulate our emotions.

The establishment of a resilient mindset is related to increased engagement in learning, motivation and academic success. It also relates to the factor that most predicts success in life and in relationships - the ability to regulate emotions. To create resilient learners, we have to deal with the ability to form relationships. This Masterclass will provide deep insight and a range of practical strategies for nurturing a resilient mindset in students and children


Sue Langley

Langley Group

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Practical ways to integrate emotional intelligence and positive psychology into your teaching practice to improve student outcomes

Neuroscience demonstrates that emotions guide what we think, how we think, how we make decisions and how we act on them. Emotions therefore play a significant role in determining successful outcomes in schools and businesses. By learning how to be more intelligent with emotions, people can develop greater awareness of themselves and others, make more effective decisions, manage pressure and stress, and build better relationships.

Emotional intelligence is therefore a critical tool in any human interaction, and for anyone whose job involves influencing and engaging people. Most importantly, it can be learned. In this stimulating and practical workshop, Sue Langley will introduce you to the principles of positive psychology and emotional intelligence, enabling you to become a promoter of organisational thriving, excellence and growth. You will learn how to intentionally apply
positive processes and practices to enable your students and your whole school community to flourish. We will help you apply positive psychology to broaden and build peoples’ toolkits to be more resilient, happy and healthy and teach you how to bring these concepts to your
teaching practice and to your classroom.

Matthew Johnstone
Author, illustrator, public speaker

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Stressed Spelt Backwards is Desserts. Some sweet ideas on how to bring a little calm into your lives.
Harvard researchers have found that 75 – 90% of visits to the doctor are caused by stress. In the old days stress was vital for survival whether it was hunting, fending off a sabre tooth tiger or an invading tribe. It literally helped us ‘fight or flight’.
In modern day society a little stress helps us stay focused, do a good job and to turn up, but sadly we’re currently more stressed than ever and too much stress can become harmful both mentally and physically.
We can’t stop relationship, work, financial or emotional stress-ors but we can certainly change how we respond and deal with those triggers.
This is an illustrated evidence based talk put together with the help of clinical psychologist Dr Michael Player on how we can create more calm within our busy lives.

Tom Brunzell
Berry Street Childhood Institute

Music School (H01)

Positive Education, Power, and the Seeds of Social Action: Trauma-Informed Perspectives on Positive Education
Positive education has been shown to enhance academic and wellbeing outcomes for many students; however, new research is showing that when trauma-informed practice perspectives are integrated with positive education through a developmentally-informed approach, school outcomes increase for struggling students at risk for school disengagement and other complex mental and physical health concerns. Come learn from Tom Brunzell and the Berry Street Education Model Team as they share emerging research and whole-school strategies to re-imagine classrooms as places of empowerment and social action for all students.

Prof Lea Waters, PhD

Darling Quad – Darling Hall

Visible Wellbeing: Extending positive education beyond curriculum and into cultural change
Visible Wellbeing is a whole-school approach that embeds positive psychology across all student levels and into the staff room in order to create the sustained cultural change needed to support wellbeing in all members of the school. Visible Wellbeing is based on the science and peer reviewed publications of Professor Lea Waters (PHD, organisational psychologist) and combines the science of wellbeing, the science of teaching and the science of organisational change. In this Master Class, Professor Waters will outline the key elements of creating positive organisational change and will guide participants through the VWB school Audit so they can leave with some clear directions of where to invest in positive change.



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Lunch

12:15 PM 01:15 PM Dining Hall - All welcome

Wellbeing Centre Open

12:15 PM 01:15 PM Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

GGS Campus Tour

12:15 PM 01:15 PM Registration Tent

We would love if you could join us on a Campus Tours, leaving from the Registration Tent each day.

Workshops

01:15 PM 02:15 PM Various

20+ workshops are on offer during this timeslot. Delegates may choose one workshop per day.

Please click here to view full list of workshops and presenters.

Saturday April 14th

The SPACE – Bracebridge Wilson Studio (X02)
Daniela Falecki, Teacher Wellbeing & Dr Suzy Green, The Positivity Institute
GROWING MENTALLY TOUGH TEENS: AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO BUILDING RESILIENCE, ACHIEVEMENT AND WELLBEING FOR 14-16 YEAR OLDS

Darling Quad – Cook Theatre (C07)
Dr Paula Robinson, Positive Psychology Institute
IGNITING AND SUSTAINING POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: 3 SCHOOL EXAMPLES OF AI IN ACTION

The SPACE – X03
Madonna Ahern, Mt St Michael’s College
Duncan Reid, Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School
Jen Willis, Daylesford Dharma School
CONNECT WORKSHOP: POSITIVE EDUCATION IN A SPIRITUAL OR FAITH-BASED CONTEXT

The SPACE – X04
Ray Francis, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting
USING THE 5 WAYS TO WELLBEING TO EMBED POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN YOUR SCHOOL: THE WHAT AND THE HOW

The SPACE – X05
Danny Parker & Kristine Sanders, Inside Out, Perth College
THE POWER OF THE PICTURE BOOK IN POSITIVE EDUCATION

Middle School – M02
Joanne Alford & Michelle Pereira, Saint Francis Xavier College
CREATING A CULTURE OF CONNECTION. WELLBEING AND CATHOLIC IDENTITY SUPPORTING A HOLISTIC EDUCATION

Middle School – M03
Marnie Thomas, Newcastle Grammar School
DUSK TILL DAWN: CONSTRUCTING COMPLEXITY IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH POSITIVE EDUCATION

Middle School – M04
Aimee Woodward, University of Tasmania/Mt Carmel College
INTEGRATING CHARACTER STRENGTHS INTO MATHS AND SCIENCE: WHERE? HOW? WHY?

Middle School – M05
Helen MacDonald & Krista Fisher, Oakleigh Primary School & Kristy Elliott, Restorative PathwaysPAST, PRESENT, FUTURE: THE JOURNEY OF POSITIVE EDUCATION AT OAKLEIGH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Middle School – M11
Kirsten Cottone, Creative Transformation
ENHANCING CREATIVITY: FAILURE, FLOW AND FLEXIBILITY

Middle School – M13
Rachel Colla, Merakai & University of Melbourne
HOPE IN A VUCA WORLD – PREPARING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO THRIVE BEYOND SCHOOL

Chapel
John Hendry OAM
WELLBEING, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS

European Languages – E01
Dr Ivan Raymond, Life Buoyancy Institute
APPLYING ‘INTENTIONAL PRACTICE’ TO DESIGN, IMPLEMENT AND EMBED A GRASS ROOTS POSITIVE EDUCATION INTERVENTION

European Languages – E02
Michelle Falzon, Catholic Regional College North Keilor CHANGE & TRANSITION: SUCCESSFULLY NURTURING ADOLESCENTS THROUGH SECONDARY EDUCATION

European Languages – E03
Dave Shrowder, CHAMP Programs
COMPLEMENTING POSITIVE EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYEE WELLBEING, SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

Science – S01
Jason van Schie, People Diagnostix
FLOURISHING AT SCHOOL - LESSONS FROM ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST STUDENT WELLBEING STUDIES. THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGTHS, PURPOSE & SLEEP

Science – S02
Georgina Manning, Wellbeing for Kids
PEACEFUL STAFF, PEACEFUL KIDS

Science – S11
Bree Harris, Macleod P-12 College
POS ED’S LIKE A BELLY BUTTON, YOU’RE EITHER IN OR OUT! HOW TO GET IN AND BUILD A CULTURE OF POSITIVE EDUCATION

Science – S12
Chris Munro, Growth Coaching International
STUDENTS AS PEER COACHES

Cook Quad – C01
Fiona Birkin, Mount Scopus Memorial College
WINDOWS, MIRRORS AND PATHWAYS


Afternoon Tea

02:15 PM 02:30 PM SPACE

Keynote - Dr Abdullah Al Karam

02:30 PM 02:45 PM SPACE

Being & Doing Wellbeing - The Dubai Story

Things move quickly in Dubai. A patch of desert in January can become a fully operational school for thousands of students by September. And an ambition to bring Positive Education into the heart of schools can transform into a community-wide commitment in just a few short years.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority, will share how KHDA has engaged its schools, teachers, parents, students – and its own team - to see the purpose of education through the wider lens of wellbeing.

“It’s there in the word itself,” he says. “Wellbeing is not only about what we should be doing, it’s about what we should be being. When that becomes a part of who we are as an education community, then the ‘what we do’ part just follows naturally.”

KHDA has built relationships with Positive Education researchers and practitioners in Australia and around the world to learn how Positive Education can best be embedded in a sector of 17 curricula and 185 nationalities.

Dr Al Karam will share how KHDA has engaged its community in support of wellbeing, and how it has implemented the initiatives – such as the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census – that are currently helping to shape the policy and heart of Positive Education in Dubai.

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Girls Rock!

02:45 PM 03:00 PM SPACE

This keynote will begin with a short documentary ‘No Time for Quiet’, by Good Human Films. This documentary provides an insight into a Girls Rock! Camp and their diverse campers. Background information, the Girls Rock! main focus and the measures of success they use for their organisation will then be shared.

The presentation will aim to encourage educators to connect with students at their schools, especially those who experience oppression as a result of their sexuality, gender identity, race, or socio-economic status. Ways to achieve inclusion through understanding, empathy and support will be discussed and a focus on how to create safe spaces where young people can engage with themselves and others through self-acceptance and the acceptance of others.

The Girls Rock! focus is to encourage self-acceptance and to promote social change among female, trans and gender diverse 10 – 17 year olds.

Q & A Session with Dr Martin EP Seligman

03:00 PM 03:40 PM SPACE

Simon Murray, PESA Chairman, will host this session.

Speakers

Conference Reflection - Rebecca Cody, Principal, Geelong Grammar School

03:40 PM 03:50 PM SPACE

Conference Official Close - PESA Chairman, Simon Murray

03:50 PM 04:00 PM SPACE

Conference Concludes

04:00 PM 05:00 PM