In a world of rapidly changing norms, we recognised that our students were exposed to both the benefits and shortfalls of this new order at an ever younger age. Our response was the launch of Positively Kellett in August 2018; a high profile community event which saw “Cultivating Wellbeing” proudly added to the values of the school, and our community publicly committing to an ethos of positive mental health. Our approach and commitment to remaining apace with the world in which our students live was captured in our Positively Kellett booklet.
Staff across the school, from teachers to our administrative team, undertook training (all staff trained at a basic level, 25 trained at a deeper level, two became trainers) led by Geelong’s Institute of Positive Education, driving the ethos and energy throughout the school. Sustainability is secured through our advisory team who steer the long-term strategy, and implementation teams in each of the three schools who lead the improvement plans. Heads of the Positive Education Curriculum have been appointed in each of our three schools to assure quality and champion the work in this area.
2019-20 Bespoke Curriculum
A year later, in August 2019, we became the first school in the world to license a bespoke, explicit Positive Education curriculum, fully sequenced and mapped against our school values from the Institute of Positive Education. All students from Reception to Year 13 are now taught positive emotions, relationships, engagement and meaning each week through ring-fenced time, ensuring our place at the forefront of world schools advocating the science of wellbeing.
2019-20 Other Initiatives
The explicit curriculum is just one arm of our approach. As well as community training and parental education programmes, wellbeing is supported through our weekly Feel Good Fridays. Feel Good Fridays are a joint student and staff initiative, designed to send students into the weekend feeling great. They have had a tremendous impact on our students at both Prep and Senior level. All Year 11 students are taken away on a Resilience Retreat for two days where they learn the skills of mindful and physical resilience which are so important to ensure their wellbeing through examinations.
As founders of the Hong Kong Positive Schools Network, established formally in 2019, we take our responsibility to share professional learning amongst the community in Hong Kong very seriously, advocating for a research-based approach to wellbeing, which has been invaluable throughout the challenges we’ve all faced this year. We were fortunate in January 2020, right before Covid-19 hit Hong Kong, to be able to host a student/staff symposium on wellbeing. Project Bluesky was attended by 10 international schools and 200 people.
- Lead facilitator and creator of the Hong Kong Positive Schools Network
- Over 150 professionals have signed up throughout Hong Kong and 10 fully paid school memberships
- Kellett positioned as a leader in Positive Education throughout Hong Kong and Asia
- The Key Note speaker, world renowned expert Jared Cooney Horvath, worked with Hong Kong Schools to promote student wellbeing across Hong Kong Schools
Links to articles and webinars with advice from Kellett School during the closures because of Covid-19