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Positive EducationThe Geelong Grammar School Journey$
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Jacolyn M. Norrish

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702580

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702580.001.0001

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The Fifth Brave Step

The Fifth Brave Step

Positive Education

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Positive Education

Jacolyn M. Norrish

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how Positive Education came to be embraced as a whole-school commitment at Geelong Grammar School. It discusses how the school’s plans to build new medical and sporting facilities were a catalyst for conversations about the need for innovative approaches to health and wellbeing. A key moment in the school’s journey was the development of a relationship with Professor Martin Seligman, and subsequently the exploration of Positive Psychology as an emerging science of character strengths and optimal wellbeing. This relationship culminated in comprehensive staff training in Positive Psychology, and the formation of meaningful relationships between the school and numerous leading scholars in the field of wellbeing. In turn, staff training sparked the infusion and integration of the science of wellbeing and flourishing across all aspects of the school community and curriculum—an approach that is now referred to as Positive Education.

Keywords:   Positive Psychology, Positive Education, Martin Seligman, wellbeing, flourishing, Geelong Grammar School

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