Sharing our Learning.
The wellbeing of Australia Youth is a community concern, and it requires a community response. Since the beginning of the School’s Wellbeing program in 2011, St Peter’s College has been committed to sharing our learning about the implementation of wellbeing. In doing this, our aim is to promote community discussion wellbeing in schools regardless of circumstance.
Since 2011 St Peter's College has published our learning about wellbeing. Why? In the Wellbeing Goal of our Strategic Plan, we have the objective to teach, build, and embed personal and community competencies for wellbeing. As a School, we can only achieve this objective by sharing what we discover.
Developments in our Wellbeing program have been recognised nationally and internationally. Particular highlights include St Peter’s College being invited to attend a Global Summit in wellbeing at No. 10 Downing Street, advising the Department for Education and Child Development in Adelaide, University of Melbourne and many other schools in all educational sectors about introducing wellbeing.
In 2015 Springer Press, one of the world's leading scientific published St Peter’s College Evidence-Based Approaches in Positive Education: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Wellbeing.
Coedited by Dr Mathew White (Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education) and Simon Murray (Headmaster) it was launched by Professor Field Rickards, Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne in August 2015 this comprehensive publication is written and edited by St Peter’s College staff. Any profits from the sale of the book will be directed back into the Wellbeing programs at the school.
With a foreword by Martin Seligman and chapters on wellbeing strategy, measurement of wellbeing, leadership counselling and positive psychology, character education and policy this is a critical publication for schools and educators.
What people are saying about Evidence-Based Approaches in Positive Education
“When people ask me for the best example of the discovery and design of Positive Education I tell them: somewhere in the world it is already tomorrow - - it's a school called St Peter’s College, Adelaide.”
David Cooperrider PhD
Fairmount Santrol Professor of Appreciative Inquiry
Case Western Reserve University &
The David L. Cooperrider Center For Appreciative Inquiry
Champlain College, Stiller School of Business
“... a true credit to the inquiry nature of your school – it, of course, works on the premise that we should not expect the students to do things we are not prepared to do ourselves.”
Laureate Professor John Hattie ONZM PhD
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute University of
Chair, Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching
“This excellent book makes a critical contribution to the field of wellbeing in education from one of Australia’s leading schools. Using contemporary theory, practice and managing change it is an excellent guide to educators on how to introduce whole school wellbeing programs in any school setting.”
Professor Jane Burns PhD
Founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy
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Edited by Mathew A. White, Ph.D., Gavin Slemp, Ph.D., from the University of Melbourne, Simon Murray (Eds) with a foreword Lord O'Shaughnessy this book has chapters written by leading experts in the field from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia it will challenge your knowledge and understanding of the field's next steps across education, organizations and policy.
To be published at the end of 2016 this the new book looks toward the future of wellbeing.
St Peter’s College has co-authored many articles discussing the topics of student and workplace wellbeing, leading educational change in many peer- reviewed Journal articles. Two of our articles are now in the top six most read in Journal of Positive Psychology.
With over 13,180 downloads in less than two years, Centre for Positive Psychology (CPP) researchers from The University of Melbourne have two articles in the top six most downloaded papers for the Journal of Positive Psychology. Co-authored by Dr Peggy Kern, Professor Lea Waters and Dr Mathew White, these papers explore the measurement of wellbeing and the applications of character strengths in schools.
To download these peer-reviewed articles click on the links below:
White, M. A., & Waters, L. E. (2015). A case study of ‘The Good School’: Examples of the use of Peterson’s strengths-based approach with students. Special Edition. Christopher Peterson Memorial Issue. Journal of Positive Psychology., 10:1, 69-76.
Margaret L. Kern, Lea E. Waters, Alejandro Adler & Mathew A. White (2015): A multidimensional approach to measuring well-being in students: Application of the PERMA framework, The Journal of Positive Psychology: Dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2014.936962
Kern, M., Waters, L. E., Adler, A., & White, M. A. (2014). Assessing Employee Well-being in Schools using a Multifaceted Approach: Associations with Physical Health, Life Satisfaction, and Professional Thriving. Psychology (PSYCH).
Waters, L., White, M. A. & Murray, S. (2012). Using Appreciative Inquiry to lead whole school change. Cooperrider, D (ed.) ‘The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: Exploration into the Magic of Macro- Management and Crowd-sourcing’. AI Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 2012.