It is a great honour to welcome Mr Simon Murray to St Andrew’s College. He will be running a week long programme which includes workshops with staff members and pupils with the aim of exploring how Positive Psychology enhances the focus of well-being and pastoral care at schools.
Positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, behavior and feelings with a focus on strengths instead of weakness, building a good life instead of repairing a bad – “the scientific study of what makes life most worth living.” It is all about the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing on moving those who a struggling up to “normal.”
“The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyse a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life.” – Martin Seligman.
St Andrew’s College, in Grahamstown, will be hosting a full day seminar on the subject on Friday 26 October 2018. Visiting guest Mr Simon Murray will run the workshops from Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October with staff members, pupils and guest with the aim of exploring how Positive Psychology might enhance the focus of well being and pastoral care at schools.
Mr Murray is the 14th Headmaster of St Peter’s College in Adelaide, Australia. Simon is acknowledged to be a world leader in the field of evidence based positive psychology. He is a founding member and Chairman of Australia’s Positive Education Schools’ Association and a member of the board of the International Positive Education Network. St Andrew’s College will be working with Simon to establish a South African network of Positive Education schools. While education has instrumental purpose in terms of grades, university entrance and jobs, a St Andrew’s College education is about so much more. It is about building significant lives, creating opportunities for boys to discover their unique God given gifts, to pursue them with passion, and flourish in the moment. Fulfillment is not an end point of something else, it is the journey in itself.
Positive Psychology focuses on the positive events and influences in life, such as: positive experiences (like joy, happiness, inspiration and love); positive states and traits (like compassion, resilience and gratitude) and positive institutions (applying positive principles within entire organisations and institutions).
As a field, positive psychology spends much of its time thinking about topics such as character strengths, optimism, life satisfaction, happiness, well-being, gratitude, compassion, self-esteem, confidence, hope and elevation.
View video clip of Mr Simon Murray, Headmaster of St Peters College, Australia