Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops


Paula Robinson



11.30 – 12.30

Workshop: Mental Fitness in Schools



16.15 – 17.00

Keynote Presentation: Building Classroom and School Communities with Positive Education


Mental Fitness in Schools

(Workshop Presentation)


Across the globe, educators, parents and citizens are asking how we can best prepare our youth for successful adulthood in the twenty-first century. Whilst this has been an age-old question, given the increases in mental illness, youth suicide and societal breakdown, the need has become even greater for learning experiences that allow youth to flourish, lead purposeful lives and contribute to society as virtuous citizens.  Schools are now seen as institutions whose role extends beyond academic competence in preparing the whole child (Huitt, 2010).


Equipping students with good Mental Fitness is one way to help ensure that they have the strength, flexibility and endurance to meet challenges both at school and in life. This interactive and practical workshop presented by Paula Robinson will explore:


•       A brief introduction to Positive Psychology – and how it is being applied in Schools;


•       The Mental Fitness model and how it applies to students and staff to enhance their wellbeing;


•       A selection of practical, easy to implement tools to take away and use at school.


Paula is arguably the first in the world to address the concept, measurement and development of Mental Fitness, based on her PhD research. Mental Fitness is a proactive, positive term without the negative connotations associated with mental health or mental illness.


Building Classroom and School Communities with Positive Education

(Thursday Keynote Address)


Positive Education is currently a hot topic with a growing body of research, strategic interventions and context specific evidence-based practical activities.  Positive Education (PE) has been defined as “the development of educational environments that enable the learner to engage in established curricula in addition to knowledge and skills to develop their own and others’ wellbeing” (Oades, Robinson, Green & Spence, 2011).


Positive Education (or applied positive psychology in education) can inform and affect all levels of education including students, teachers, staff, parents, the whole school, and the community. Positive Psychology research and practice within an educational context essentially strives to move systems and people from a deficit model to a more strengths-based approach. This presentation is designed to inform the participants of current research and best practice to help schools build positive classroom environments and whole school communities.


Specific learning outcomes from this keynote will be:





About Paula


Paula Robinson a Registered Psychologist and leading expert on mental fitness, well-being and Positive Psychology theory, research and practice. As Managing Director of the Positive Psychology Institute (PPI), Paula provides consultancy, evidence-based coaching, presentations and workshops to individuals, organisations, schools and the wider community. Paula also designs high-level strategic applications aligned to key organisational objectives and business well-being. Paula holds a first class honours degree in psychology and was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD to research the Concept and Measurement of Mental Fitness. Over the past 3 years Paula has primarily been working with schools, training and implementing both large and smaller scale Positive Education programs. In particular, she currently has a lead role in the design and delivery of The Knox Grammar Positive Education Program in Sydney Australia – a proactive, multi level, strategic approach to creating a positive school climate to support academic performance, mental fitness, and the well-being of staff and students.