Three of our Positive Education Leaders – Kirsten Johnston, Libby Dalrymple and Carrie Gilfillan – attended the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology this summer in Melbourne, Australia. The conference was hosted jointly by the International Positive Psychology Association and the University of Melbourne.The theme of the conference, which took place from July 18 – 21, was ‘Nexus’ – meaning connection, and its goal was to help scientists, researchers and educators build connections, collaborations and pathways to foster and continue to build human flourishing.
LCS faculty members, Kirsten, Libby and Carrie attended a variety of interactive workshops and discussions to learn more about the latest research in the field of positive education – the focus of which is to embed wellbeing into education, helping students thrive during their time at LCS and beyond.In addition to attending as participants at the conference, our three Positive Education Leaders also showcased the advances Lakefield College School has made over the past several years, having infused positive psychology into our school community through the implementation of our THRIVE well-being initiative.
Kirsten Johnston spoke at a Symposium event, in collaboration with educators from Ridley, Upper Canada and Appleby College, and shared our respective journeys into positive education, as well as our joint foray into developing a Canadian Positive Education Association.Collaborating with these CAIS schools, LCS was able to share the teachings of positive psychology with educators and students across the country.
All three Positive Education Leaders also delivered "poster presentations," sharing the recent developments and success of Lakefield’s emphasis on ‘Outdoors Every Day’ and the growing body of research that supports the connection amongst nature, well-being and students’ academic performance.As part of this, Lakefield highlighted our partnership with Trent University including early data that supports the benefits of nature connectedness to well-being and academics, as well as the expansion of outdoor initiatives and facilities that support this.
We look forward to the benefits of learning, and exchange of ideas, our Positive Education team experienced while in Australia conferencing with educators from all over the world!