Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

Moving into it’s sixth sensational year, Positive Schools ‘Voices for Wellbeing’ supports wellbeing and mental health in all Australian primary and secondary schools and colleges. In 2014 we examine the relationships between MENTAL HEALTH, CREATIVITY and TECHNOLOGY as powerful voices for building engagement, motivation, sustained wellbeing and flourishing school COMMUNITIES.





The ABC’s PETER THOMPSON hosts our Friday Master Classwhich showcases SEVEN keynote presentations in a mix of talks and onstage discussion.


On the Thursday of each event, FIVE ke ynote presentations begin with best selling author and acclaimed teacher JOHN MARSDEN followed by DAVID BENNETT talking about Nurturing RESILIENCY AND WELLBEING. TIM SHARP (aka Dr Happy) shows us how ‘BEING DIFFERENT’ is a vital component of happiness and Suan Yeo (head of GOOGLE Education in the Asia/Pacific region) celebrates A NEW AND OPEN WORLD FOR LEARNING. Positive education leader PAULA ROBINSON helps us build effective school COMMUNITIES. MICHAEL CARR-GREGG hosts an exclusive TECHNOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH PANEL featuring representatives from FACEBOOK and Google Education present a ‘GOOGLE CREATIVITY LAB’ You can attend an eSmart CYBER SAFETY program and an APPLE supported IPAD workshop for diverse learners. Learn HOW TO PRESENT effectively with LES POSEN, explore CREATIVITY with Geelong Grammar School and hear talks from our Positive Teachers of 2013. A wide range of other presentations include new advances by KIDSMATTER, MINDMATTERS, ROCK AND WATER, SENSIBILITY and a workshop on RESILIENCY by PROFESSORS TONI NOBLE and HELEN MCGRATH.  


NOTE – Workshop preferences will be collected PRIOR to the events.  Numbers WILL be limited at all four events (to prevent overcrowding).



Master Class Friday - Voices for Wellbeing with Peter Thompson

Friday will be divided into three sessions. In this first 90 minute session we explore relationships between CREATIVITY, MENTAL HEALTH AND CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT. Award winning poet LUKA LESSON joins NIDA senior course manager JENEVIEVE CHANG and social psychologist HELEN STREET for individual presentations and shared discussion.

In session two we explore how TECHNOLOGY CAN SAFELY SUPPORT WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH in our school communities.  Psychologist and parenting expert MICHAEL CARR-GREGG joins mental health and technology expert LES POSEN and award winning educator MARK SPARVELL from the Principal Australia Institute. We ask how we can protect young people against the dangers of technology while also embracing the value it can bring to academic, social and emotional learning.


 Inspirational author of Purple Heart, ANDREW FIU takes to the stage after lunch. Having survived a world record of six open heart surgeries, Andrew devotes his professional time to promoting the need to connect with students and to prioritize educational outcomes that fit with our changing world.  Andrew will address the question ‘HOW CAN TEACHERS ENGAGE THEIR STUDENTS AND INSPIRE THEM TO LEARN?’


Modern Education for Effective Wellbeing

Youth mental health and wellbeing needs to be addressed within an education system that embraces solution focused teaching, modern technology and an increased understanding of the need for students to develop creative expression and voices of their own. 


Numbers will be limited at each event to ensure that delegates are able to attend preferred workshops and enjoy Positive Schools in comfort and style. This means you will need to book early to secure a place.


We look forward to welcoming you in 2014.