12 Feb 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 1 – Positive 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.
Series 2 – Parent 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.
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
|Introduction to the Local Positive Education Research Project||Dr. 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 Team||Mr. Chu Kwok Keung
Principal of Ta Ku Ling Ling Ying Public School
|School-based Experience Sharing—Promoting Positive Culture among Students||Ms. Yan Kin Foon Alice
Principal of Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School
|Experience sharing on Extra-curricular Activities—Ethics Education: the Key to Success||Ms. Christine Ma-Lau
Founder of JEMS Learning House
|Promoting the School Culture of Positive Education||Ms. 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 Education||Dr. Mok Ling, Ann Tien Yan
Counsellor of Chinese International School (Secondary Section)
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.