Positive Education - Snapshot

LEARN

  • All staff received introductory training in Positive Psychology practices.
  • More than 100 staff engaged in further training related to positive education offered in house at Trinity College and more than 30 staff attended significant external positive education training or conferences.
  • Large public lectures presented by international Positive Education experts in 2014 and 2015.

LIVE

  • Accomplishment is widely celebrated and focuses on effort and growth as well as high achievement.
  • College-supported staff wellness offers in conjunction with STARplex.
  • Staff and students are choosing to use strategies learned through positive education in their own lives and outside of school.
  • LAP and AIME mentoring schemes modelling best practice in the value of positive relationships.

TEACH

  • Junior students learn mindfulness, kindness (bucket filling), gratitude and strengths.
  • Positive Education is taught in the curriculum in explicit lesson time at lessons 5, 6, 7 and 9.
  • Our pastoral care programs across all years have a PERMA+ focus.

MEASURE

  • Large scale surveys of student wellbeing for students from Years 5 to 12 in 2013, 2014 and 2017. Measurement of student wellbeing will be conducted annually from 2017.
  • We have used data to investigate the effectiveness of positive interventions including mindfulness for students in Years 4 to 6, and random acts of kindness, and what went well reflections for Year 8s.
  • Engaged in preliminary measurement of wellbeing for staff in 2017/18 and are using this information to progress our staff wellness support and offerings.

EMBED

  • Positive, celebratory tone in College communication to families, including newsletters, strengths stickers in diaries and strengths awards in assemblies.
  • Signage and visible, public examples of positive education projects.
  • Inclusion of mindset and character strengths components in general curriculum.
  • Regular mindfulness practices in classrooms.
  • Farm, kitchen gardens, and co-curricular choices and uptake.