The 2nd Positive Education Seminar Series (26-28 November, 2015)

The 2nd Positive Education Seminar Series (26-28 November, 2015)

In response to the growing interest in Positive Education, Bei Shan Tang Foundation once again joined forces the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (“CityU”) in organizing the 2nd Positive Education Seminar Series on 26-28 November, 2015. The 3-day event comprised of four series, with the aims of introducing Positive Education to the local community and building a sharing network of knowledge and experiences among schools and NGOs, and had attracted a record-breaking number of over 1,000 registrations.

 

Series 1Positive Education Training Course by Geelong Grammar School (“GGS”), 26-27 November

This was the second time that we invited professional trainers from GGS to conduct a two-day training course in Hong Kong. Highlights included the whole-school approach of GGS in promoting Positive Education; the ideas and practices of integrating Positive Education into curriculum and school culture; as well as the strength-based approach of building positive emotions, enhancing personal resilience and maintaining positive relationship.

Participants highly recognized the dynamic, engaging nature of the sessions, and expressed their interests in identifying character strengths in themselves and in students for effective teaching.

Representatives from GGS, Bei Shan Tang Foundation and CityU

Series 2Parent Seminars on Positive Education, 26-27 November

Trainers from GGS and Dr. Janet Leung, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, CityU delivered parent seminars on Positive Education in the evenings of 26 and 27 November respectively. It was a bold attempt to equip participants with the basic knowledge of Positive Education and relevant parenting skills.

In the evening of 26 November, GGS trainers introduced the basic concepts of Positive Education and explained the importance of parents’ engagement in their whole-school approach of Positive Education. They also reflected on their experiences of establishing a strong school-parent partnership.

In the session on 27 November, Dr. Leung, a registered social worker with over 20 years’ experience of social services on adolescent development and family processes, gave a thorough illustration of positive parenting in the local context. She also highlighted the importance of playtime in children’s wellbeing, and suggested participants to rethink the core values of positive parenting and optimal children’s development.

Mr. Justin Robinson responding to participants’ questions

 

Dr. Leung emphasized the importance of positive parenting

 

Series 3 – Local Schools’ Sharing Session

To illustrate the diversified approaches to apply Positive Education, six schools and educational institutes were invited to share their practices and reflections on the implementation of Positive Education in their school-based contexts. The sharing session has received very positive feedback from both speakers and participants, in which they most treasured the opportunities to exchange ideas of school-based practices.

 

Invited speakers and their topics of presentation

 

Topics

Speakers

Introduction to the Local Positive Education Research ProjectDr. Kwok Lai Yuk Ching Sylvia
Convenor, Positive Education Laboratory
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences
Sharing on Building up the Positive Culture of a School TeamMr. Chu Kwok Keung
Principal of Ta Ku Ling Ling Ying Public School
School-based Experience Sharing—Promoting Positive Culture among StudentsMs. Yan Kin Foon Alice
Principal of Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School
Experience sharing on Extra-curricular Activities—Ethics Education: the Key to SuccessMs. Christine Ma-Lau
Founder of JEMS Learning House
Promoting the School Culture of Positive EducationMs. Sit Fung Ming Joyce
Principal of Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary SchoolMr. Kwan Si Lun
Teacher of Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School
The Journey of Positive EducationDr. Mok Ling, Ann Tien Yan
Counsellor of Chinese International School (Secondary Section)

To foster a positive learning environment, Principal Chu from Ta Ku Ling Ling Ying Public School highlighted the importance of staff development in nurturing supportive teacher-student communication.

 

Principal Yan from Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School explained their design of a wide range of extra-curricular activities, in the light of creating a caring and respectful school culture.

 

Ms. Christine Ma-Lau, the Founder and Principal of JEMS Learning House, shared on the vision and mission of the educational institute to promote character education to children. She emphasized that good values, rather than academic achievement at school, are crucial in defining a child’s self-development and well-being.

 

Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School was invited to share their progress under the first local pilot scheme on implementing Positive Education. Principal Sit and Mr. Kwan outlined the scheme and celebrated the success and lessons learnt on their journey.

 

Dr. Ann Mok, Counselor at the Chinese International School (“CIS”), shared on CIS’s journey of implementing Positive Education at School. CIS has been working since 2013 with Prof. Lea Waters from the University of Melbourne on designing a feasible and sustainable framework to facilitate among teachers, students and staff the learning of Positive Education.

 

Series 4 – Introduction to Mindfulness

Dr. Herman Lo, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, CityU introduced basic theories and research findings about mindfulness. Through demonstrations, participants learnt several practical skills of mindfulness, which allowed them to embed into different areas of personal life, develop resilience competencies and manage both emotional and physical health.

Dr. Herman Lo giving a mindfulness demonstration