It was a very special Breakfast Club at Clarkson today as we said a fond farewell to Sgt Rebecca Mayger of Clarkson Police as she moves to traffic enforcement in the coming days.

Staff and students would like to thank Rebecca for her help in the past and Clarkson Police for their continuing support of our Breakfast Club. Good luck, Sgt Rebecca!

In June 2019 a group of student councilors attended a leadership camp at Woodman Point. The purpose of this camp was to teach the students how to be good leaders.

The event was enjoyed by all and the students left with a sense of personal growth. Thank you to all involved!

Presented by John Hewett and Diamond-Angle Lawrence

At CCHS, the school leadership team decided that teachers should not only model Invitational Education leadership but explicitly teach both the theory and its practice.  The school leadership team chose two big ideas to share with all students. First, everyone learned the focus on I—CORT. Also, everyone learned a metaphor from Invitational Education based on the IE starfish with each limb representing the 5 domains in school: people, places, policies, programs and processes.
 
The aim was to have Clarkson flourish as an invitational school. This was a bid to reduce the strategy to execution gap as teachers believed students were mature enough to understand and, in turn, assume the invitational stance. The thinking was because kids know how a rainbow works doesn’t make it less special.
 
Students consciously inviting with themselves, and with others, was seen as fundamental to improving school climate, and in turn, school cultural proficiency. By assuming the invitational stance, students should know why we do what we do and simultaneously, students reflect on why they do what they do.
 
Clarkson’s teachers were asked to analyse their own intentionality to determine if others understand their intentions—
 
“Although a teacher may be clear on what her intentions are when planning, the results are diminished considerably when learners remain unaware of them.” (Fisher, D., Frey, N & Hite, S. (2016)).

By Patricia Hughes, School Psychologist

Martin Seligman is well known for his work on Positive Psychology. He has recently published “The Hope Circuit” (Random House 2018). His recent seminar held in Perth, was entitled Positive Psychology, Positive Instructions and Positive Education.

He spoke about the changes in psychology this century. In the past psychology used to be devoted to eliminating misery but is now focused on what makes life worth living.

Seligman believes that positive thinking can be measured and can be taught. Similarly, personal well-being can be measured and taught.

He presented some very interesting numbers regarding the effects of optimistic thinking on such things as cardio-vascular disease, work output and longevity. His website authentichappiness.org is free and extremely popular.

He believes that the budget for a country’s education system should allocate at least 50% for the teaching of wellbeing and positive mental health. There is proof that improving students’ well-being improves their academic progress.

He presented many amazing facts and figures to show that the world is a much better place than it was two hundred years ago. For example, the number of people living in real poverty has decreased from 90% to 10%. These facts are free to download from The Global Happiness and Well-being Policy Report 2019.

However, despite these global improvements there is an increase in anxiety and depression amongst very young people. Seligman sees that the challenge for the future is to improve the well-being of all young people by the teaching of positive psychology. He believes that the brains of young people are evolving to be more globally oriented and to have improved reasoning skills.

Many of Seligman’s views, particularly those around optimism and resilience resonate with the intentionality of care, optimism, respect and trust (ICORT)
and the understandings which underpin Invitational Learning Theory.

A big thank you to all who donated to the Salvo's Winter Appeal. Our Community Services class was thrilled to collect three large boxes of donations including food, clothing and toiletries.

Awesome job, well done!

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