Why meditating is good for more than just your mind…

As a trained Health & Physical Education teacher I’ve always been interested in innovative training methods to enhance heart health. A couple of months ago I learned of scientific research that demonstrated what Buddhist monks have told us for years – that meditation is good for your heart. The West hasn’t always been keen to […]

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The chicken or the egg?

We all know the general message that “Student wellbeing is important as it impacts on their ability to learn and achieve.” But just as wellbeing affects education, I believe it is crucially important to understand how education affects wellbeing. How we educate our students can have a direct impact on their wellbeing – and ours! It’s […]

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Why can my kid reach the porn but not the choccies? – An open letter to the Chairman of 7Eleven

This is an open letter to the Chairman of 7Eleven Australia, Russell Withers. It has also been posted on their Facebook page… ***READ 7ELEVEN’S RESPONSE HERE*** Dear Mr Withers, A couple of weeks ago I wandered into one of your 7Eleven stores in the Sydney CBD. I was surprised to see Penthouse magazine and other such […]

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What comes first?

Over the last four weeks I’ve been all over Australia presenting at a variety of conferences. I have spoken to over 3000 teachers, nurses, social workers and other adults who work with young people. In general the message at these events seems to be, “Student wellbeing is important as it impacts on their ability to […]

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The Virtuous Cycle

(Genuine) Engagement & Wellbeing enhance achievement, yet how many schools pursue achievement at the expense of engagement and wellbeing? The following is an extract from my manifesto, “Still Trying to Find X”.   The Virtuous Cycle It is essential that we create a Virtuous Cycle for all students in our schools. The Virtuous Cycle relies on having positive relationships at its heart or hub. Think […]

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Are we getting Kindy wrong?

This is my latest contribution to the Generation Next Newsletter. I read an article a week ago in Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph that really hit a nerve. The article reported that ‘Fearful parents are unnecessarily sending pre-schoolers to early learning classes to give them an academic edge,’ and that ‘Some schools and teachers are also contributing to a […]

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Positive Education spreading across Australia…

This is my latest Generation Next blog post… I read with interest this week an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald by John Weekes, the headmaster of Knox Grammar. He was discussing the concept of Positive Education. Essentially, Positive Education embeds the tenets of Positive Psychology into the curriculum, both explicitly and implicitly.* Weekes says, “Our focus […]

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When Freedom of Religion becomes Bullying

This article was originally published here at Online Opinion. In polite company, I tend to avoid discussing politics or religion, and whilst writing around educational matters, often requires me to comment on the former, I’ve managed to steer clear of the latter. Until now. In response to the federal government announcement that it intends to […]

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Calling for Corporal Punishment in the 21st Century – yes really (!?!?)

I write a weekly column for Generation Next’s Newsletter and Blog. This is my piece from this week’s newsletter. This week I read a story out of – where else – the USA. It was the story of a girl aged six, who was handcuffed by police after she had thrown a tantrum in school. Apparently the school decided […]

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Improving Academic Performance – Through Exercise

Some of you will be aware that in 2012 I will be contributed to Generation Next’s Weekly Newsletter and Blog. This is my piece from this week’s newsletter. The link between physical activity and improved physical and mental health has long been established. However there is a growing body of research that suggests that increased […]

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