Stories of Impact – Christie Downs Primary School

Located south of Adelaide, Christie Downs Primary School is an inclusive site of 280 students. Christie Downs Primary School seeks to provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which students are able to learn, play and grow together for a successful future. The school’s values embody personal responsibility, respectful relationships and teamwork. In this interview,… Continue reading Stories of Impact – Christie Downs Primary School

Stories of Impact – Doveton College

Located in South-East Melbourne, Doveton College is the first government school designed to meet the needs of children from birth to Year 9 and their families. The College offers adult education programs, as part of its focus on building a stronger community for the benefit of its students. Thadd Rimer is an Assistant Principal (Years 5-9) and… Continue reading Stories of Impact – Doveton College

Integrating mindfulness and the body at school

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There are many reasons why we disconnect from our bodies. They can be the site of worry, shame or pain. Almost every choice we make shows up in the contours of our body at some stage. The latest scientific research tells us that trauma lodges itself in the body. Psychiatrists and neuroscientists have discovered that… Continue reading Integrating mindfulness and the body at school

Linking Unconditional Positive Regard and Teacher Wellbeing

How can Unconditional Positive Regard support student healing as well as enhance teacher wellbeing? There is evidence to suggest that Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR) not only supports students’ healing and learning at school, but also leads to enhanced teacher wellbeing. So what is Unconditional Positive Regard? It was originally developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in… Continue reading Linking Unconditional Positive Regard and Teacher Wellbeing

Research Project: ‘Stories of Whole School Wellbeing: Exploring narratives of experience’

I recently completed a research project as part of the Masters of Teaching degree at Deakin University's School of Education. Here is the abstract: Researchers talk about whole school approaches to student wellbeing in a variety of ways, yet little work has been done to understand how different stories of wellbeing impact school wellbeing staff.… Continue reading Research Project: ‘Stories of Whole School Wellbeing: Exploring narratives of experience’

Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 3

It has now been over a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 3

Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 2

It has now been over a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 2