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POSITIVE SCHOOLS - Australian Conference Series May and June 2020

Join an exceptional lineup of celebrated Australians, educational experts, powerful story tellers and health professionals for the Positive Schools 2020 Australian conference series in May and June this year, for three unmissable days of professional development. 

Join Todd Sampson, John Marsden, Michael Carr-Gregg, AJ Betts, Tracey Spicer, Helen Street, Leonie Abbott, David Bott and many more.

Ten years ago, I was told that conferences where real people come together would soon be replaced with webinars, online groups and phone in events.   I am so pleased to know
that despite the wonders of technological advancement , human nature and indeed human needs have prevailed.
Join an exceptional lineup of celebrated Australians, educational experts, powerful story tellers and health professionals for the Positive Schools 2020 Australian conference
series in May and June this year, for three unmissable days of professional development.
Positive Schools is a grounded mental health and wellbeing conference series for ALL primary and secondary teachers, school leaders and allied health professionals.  We aim to
meet the needs of staff and students with realistic, grounded and inspiring presentations.
Brochure and registration form attached.
Online registration and all conference information at
Save the dates and book early to secure your place in one of four locations.
(Group discounts are also available - email us today).

Our FIFTEEN invited KEYNOTE presenters include:
  Todd Sampson
Award winning documentary maker and presenter of - Redesign my Brain, Body Hack and The Gruen Transfer will reflect on being calm and confident in life

John Marsden
Educator and bestselling author of ‘Tomorrow when the War Began’ and most recently The Art of Growing up’, John will talk about the meaning and art of equity in classroom life.

AJ Betts
Award winning author of ‘Zac and Mia’ and specialist teacher for children with anxiety will explore how to be strong and vulnerable when life keeps telling you to toughen up.

Tracey Spicer AO
Well-loved Journalist, Presenter and leader of Australia’s ‘metoo’ movement will share her story of dealing with stress and also will host the Friday of every event

The ever popular child and adolescent expert and best selling author will address the impact of social media and how educators can better understand the positive and negatives
of online life

Tetanya Rocks
From the mood and food research centre, Tetanya will share up-to-date research on the power of food to reduce anxiety and depression and support wellbeing and engagement

The power of stories from Geelong Grammar’s Institute of Positive Education’s co-director David Bott; the importance of trauma informed practice with Leonie Abbott from Berry
Street, how Be You is working in schools with Chantal Fathers from Beyond Blue, and the importance of understanding invisible illness with Australia’s leading pediatric
physiotherapist team.
Our TEN extended WORKSHOP presenters include:
Susan Mclean
Australia’s premier cybersafety expert from the National Centre Against Bullying addressing positive relationships

David Bott, Justin Robinson (Directors of the GGS Institute of Positive Education)
who will join forces with Tim Cope (Explorer and best-selling author)
to examine the power of real-life stories in real life

Brendon Bailey
As a Berry Street Education Model leader Brendan will help staff address challenging classrooms

Daniel Donahoo
From the Alannah Madeline Foundation, Daniel will help us help young people to become media literate

Stephen MacDonald and Kelly Michael from HumanInc
Steve and Kelly address staff wellbeing and help teachers avoid burnout

A pre-conference Workshop Wednesday
Dr Helen Street
Positive Schools co-founder and author of ‘Contextual Wellbeing’ will help educators to create meaningful norms that resonate with everyone and reflect your core values.

Twenty plus trade displays, hot buffet lunch, video breaks, performances and an authors’ corner

“ After 15 years in education, I would say this is the best conference I have ever attended”
  Jennifer Coen, Sydney Catholic Schools Central Office

“It was inspiring, informative and I wanted to change the world…”
Melanie Chapell, Margaret River Senior High School, 2019

May (13), 14, 15 Fremantle Esplanade Hotel (WA),
May (20), 21, 22 Brisbane Convention Centre,
May (27), 28, 29 Melbourne Convention Centre and
June (3), 4, 5 Sydney Masonic Centre

“GREAT and inspirational” Jane Neilsmith, (2019 delegate)
“…The Jewel in the Crown…Simply Unmissable”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (adolescent psychologist and Positive Schools Ambassador)

An unbridled opportunity to build resiliency, calm, confidence and capability in yourself, your staff and in all of your students.
The events are brought to life through an ongoing partnership with The University of Western Australia, The University of Cambridge, Geelong Grammar School Institute of
Positive Education, Berry Street Education Model and Beyond Blue.

Kind regards
Neil Porter
Chairs - Positive Schools 2020
Positive Schools Initiative
PO BOX 634 Subiaco 6008
Western Australia
PH 08 9388 8843

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