“Positive education is defined as education for both traditional skills and for happiness. The high prevalence worldwide of depression among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for happiness should be taught in school. There is substantial evidence from well controlled studies that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to school children.” - Positive Education: Positive Psychology and Classroom Interventions – Martin EP Seligman, Randal M Ernst, Jane Gillham, Karen Reivich and Mark Linkins
Positive Education is the science of Positive Psychology combined with best teacher practice, to encourage students and staff to ‘flourish’. Flourishing is the combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’.
Students and staff at Milgate practice many aspects of Positive Education, including; gratitude, mindfulness, a growth mindset and utilising character strengths. Research has shown that practicing the many aspects of Positive Psychology helps to develop greater resilience, reduces the incidence of anxiety and depression, enhances empathy and confidence, and enjoyment at school. Positive Education is not about being happy all of the time. It teaches us to identify and understand our emotions.
Geelong Grammar has been at the forefront of Positive Education. At Milgate we have based our domains on the Geelong Grammar Wellbeing Model.
Believing and dedicating time to something that is bigger than ourselves. This might be religion, community work, family, a charity or creative goal.
Focusing on the positives in your life, rather than the negatives. Happy people look back on the past with gladness; look into the future with hope; and enjoy and cherish the present.
The connection with others around you. We enhance our own wellbeing by building strong networks of relationships around us, with family, friends, coworkers, neighbours and all the other people in our lives.
Setting goals and reflecting on your accomplishments.
Using and improving your personal strengths to carry out each task to the best of your ability.
Focusing on developing sustainable habits for ideal physical and mental health, including mindfulness, health eating and getting enough sleep.