Episode #15 With Madhavi Nawana Parker – Why Teacher Wellbeing Must Be #1

Madhavi is Director of Positive Minds Australia, is a widely Published Author and co author of resilience, confidence and social-emotional intelligence books and programs implemented across Australia and Overseas. Madhavi’s published work includes, ‘The Confident Minds Curriculum,’ ‘The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox,’ and ‘What’s the Buzz? A social emotional literacy program.’

In this episode with Madhavi, we dive into:
– why teacher wellbeing must be a priority
– strategies, activities and tips for teacher and student wellbeing
– the impact of COVID and student wellbeing
– the common mental health / wellbeing issues she’s seeing in our young people
Plus a heap more

More About Madhavi
Madhavi’s expertise is often sought by various Parenting and Education magazines and she is a regular Podcast and Radio guest, advising on Parenting, Education and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Madhavi combines her compassionate knowledge and commitment to her field with studies in Psychology, Counselling and over two decades of professional work in schools and organisations with young people and families, to lead Positive Minds Australia in their commitment to improved wellbeing, resilience, confidence and thriving for all.

Madhavi provides a broad range of Professional Development opportunities in Corporate and Education settings on topics including Wellbeing, Mindset and Stress Management. Madhavi provides counselling and social emotional skills training for young people and adults at her Unley (Adelaide, South Australia) rooms.
You can contact Madhavi and follow her here:
Facebook: facebook.com/positivemindsaustralia
Linkedin: Madhavi Nawana Parker
Website: positivemindsaustralia.com.au

Episode #14 With Hollie Seibold – How to Take a Proactive Approach to Wellbeing

Hollie is the Schools Program Lead at Readiness, a complete wellbeing platform for students and schools. She’s also a full-time wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She’s a wellbeing specialist, a teacher, a part-time chef, Uber driver and a casual gym enthusiast. Hollie is an aspiring pro surfer who has an addiction to chai lattes.

In this episode with Hollie, we dive into:
– the purpose of readiness.org.au
– how to take a proactive approach to wellbeing
– the importance of teaching skills of wellbeing from an early age
– sport and it’s lessons of resilience
– the role of character strengths in the classroom
Plus more

Episode #13 With Ben Storer – A World Leading Positive Education School

Ben is Head of Wellbeing at St Peter’s College Junior School in Adelaide, South Australia. St Peter’s is one of the leading Positive Education Schools in the world. I am super excited to have Ben on the Podcast. A must listen for all school leaders and teachers who are looking to implement or improve upon their current programs. In this episode with Ben, we dive into:
– keys to setting up a positive education program across the whole school
– the importance of choosing a framework and then bringing in programs to support the framework
– the challenges of setting up a wellbeing program
– why it’s important to individualise wellbeing strategies
– the importance of training teachers.

More About Ben:
Ben Storer grew up a passionate sportsperson. However, Ben had a change of focus when his Father passed away and has own diagnosis of a heart condition. As a result, Ben was asked to coach sports teams instead of play and it was here he realised his passion for education.Ben began his teaching career in 2003 and since this time has held positions as a class teacher, Assistant Boarding Housemaster and Assistant Head of Junior School in Schools in the UK and Adelaide, South Australia. Ben joined St Peter’s College (Adelaide, South Australia) as a year 6 teacher in 2012 and undertook training in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Further highlights include: a Professional Certificate in Positive Education with the University of Melbourne and co-presenting at state and national Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) conferences.Ben currently holds the position of Deputy Head of Junior School – Wellbeing and Administration at St Peter’s College.When he isn’t spending time with family and friends, Ben can be found coaching sports teams, meditating, stuck in various yoga poses or out in the garden as a newly converted green thumb.

You can contact Ben and follow him here:

Email: BStorer@stpeters.sa.edu.au
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BDStorer
Website: Well-being and Pastoral Care at St Peter’s

Episode #12 With Ana Dominguez – How to create a school culture where everyone belongs

This episode features ways to allocate time to wellbeing, whether that be in the classroom or around the school. This episode has something for everyone. Ana shares:

– how at JBCN International School they allocate time to wellbeing
– why all teachers know all students names at the school
– student led wellbeing initiatives at the school
– what the school does to ensure everyone feels they belong, no matter there role in the school

More About Ana:
Ana Dominguez is Vice Principal at JBCN International School in Mumbai, India. Ana is an experienced Assistant Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Literature, Communication, Classroom Management, Foreign Languages, and Drama. Strong professional with a mind for international education and experience in all levels of the IB Diploma and Cambridge board. She’s also passionate about the wellbeing of students and staff.

You can contact Ana and follow him here:

Websites: https://www.jbcnschool.edu.in/oshiwara/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-dominguez-robles-913600a2/

Episode #11 With Dale Sidebottom and Ash Manuel – Tips to Deal With Stress and Anxiety in Current Times. Plus Upcoming Workshops

This episode features valuable tips that can help you during stressful and anxious times. It’s important to find out what works for you, when it comes to dealing with stresses and when you do it’s even more important to take action on your ‘mood shifters’. Because at the end of the day it’s up to us to take responsibility to deal with our challenges. The episode, also delves into upcoming workshops Dale and Ash are delivering and they also talk about opportunities to deliver workshops at your school or organisation. This episode has something for everyone. Dale and Ash share:

2 tips each on dealing with stress and anxiety
the importance of taking responsibility for your own wellbeing
wellbeing games to play and why it’s important to keep wellbeing practice fun
upcoming workshops

Episode #10 With Colette Bos – How to Make Positive Education Manageable For The Whole School Context

This episode in packed full of passion, featuring fantastic actionable ideas and student stories. Whether, you are a high or primary school educator there is something for everyone. Colette shares:

– how to make positive education manageable for the whole school context
– why acknowledgment of country is so important
– where her passion for student well-being and positive education comes from
– stories of the benefits of wellbeing
– how strengths should be a big part of your behaviour management strategy
– the importance of student voice
– how to approach starting at a new school and how to approach wellbeing when starting out at a new school

Episode #9 With Damien Tofan – The Importance of Using Sport to Bring People Together, So People Feel They Belong and are Connected

This episode highlights the important role sport plays in the mental wellbeing of people and the power it has to bring people together, no matter how young or old and no matter your level of skill. Could sporting clubs be the antidote for loneliness and be the ultimate destination to build connection and a sense of belonging? ‘Coach’ of Adelaide Uni Football Club’s ‘F Grade’ shares:
– why he uses his role as “F Grade’ coach to bring people together
– the importance of being inclusive
– why and how sport is a true connector and how a club can make you feel like you belong, even if you are not a player
– ideas on how to bring people together
– examples of how people’s mental wellbeing has been positively impacted
– the importance of bringing young people together through sport

More About Damien
Damien is ‘Coach’ of Adelaide Uni Football Club’s ‘F Grade’ known affectionately as the SCUM. He’s the ultimate connector and has this amazing ability to bring people together, so they feel they belong.

Episode #8 With Shawn Kasbergen – How To Create & What a Wellbeing Framework Looks Like Across a School From ELC – Year 12

This episode has something for everyone, whether you oversee the wellbeing of a school from ELC to Year 12, oversee the wellbeing of a primary or high school, whether you are a Principal, school leader or importantly a teacher. Director of Wellbeing of Scotch College Adelaide shares: the why and the how of creating a whole school approach to wellbeing, the schools wellbeing framework – Scotch FIT and why it’s important to name your whole school approach, what Scotch’s whole school approach looks like, including internal and external programs, the importance of student, staff and parent agency, when it comes to wellbeing, student and staff stories of the benefits of a whole school approach to wellbeing, plus tips and tricks and much moreMake sure you grab a note pad and pen.

Episode #7 With Meagan Hart – How To Go About Setting Up a Positive Education Program At Your School

This is a brilliant episode for educators and wellbeing leaders who are looking for ideas on how to execute wellbeing across your whole school or add to what you are already doing. Wellbeing leader Meagan Hart of Gilles Street Primary School shares:

– fun and unexpected ways to cultivate staff wellbeing
– how to include wellbeing in the yard
– how to engage students, staff and families when it comes to reviewing school values
– the challenges that a small wellbeing team faces and the importance of forming a supportive committee
– ideas on how to execute wellbeing across your whole school

Lot’s of takeaways to apply:)

More About Meagan

Meagan’s career in teaching has spanned over 22 years. She started her career at The Pines Primary School in Adelaide as a Year 6/7 teacher. She spent some time at The Pines as the acting School Counsellor, and then moved to Darwin to teach. These experiences ultimately led to Meagan’s passion for working in the area of student wellbeing.  

She’s currently the Student Wellbeing Leader at Gilles Street Primary School in Adelaide’s CBD and has been in this role for the last 2 years.  And she’s been appointed to the role again in 2022. 

Meagan has 3 children of her own and is passionate about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and enabling them to have a genuine voice in decisions affecting their lives.

Episode #6 With John Mannion – Insights from SA’s Newest Mental Health Commissioner & Director of BreakThrough Mental Health

In this is a must listen for educators and sports clubs who want to understand more about the state of wellbeing amongst our young people and the role you can play. Lot’s of takeaways to apply. Also, be sure to check out how you can do the mental health first aid course. Click here for more info.  this episode I talk with John Mannion, South Australia’s newest Mental Health Commissioner and Executive Director of Breakthrough. Australia’s only foundation dedicated solely to mental health research. In this must listen conversation we discuss:

– the state mental wellbeing of young people across Australia
– simple ways teachers can support the mental wellbeing of their students
– sports clubs and their role in wellbeing
– challenges we face tackling wellbeing
– mental health first aid

More About John
John Mannion is the inaugural Executive Director of Breakthrough – Australia’s only foundation dedicated solely to mental health research. John’s career in mental health has spanned more than 30 years including as a practitioner as well as leading mental health services across the state.

John led the establishment of Breakthrough in 2018 which this year alone funded more than 20 leading research projects across all the state’s universities. These included projects in the areas of youth mental health, depression, indigenous mental health and eating disorders.

He has also been appointed the state’s newest Mental Health Commissioner. The role will be in addition to his commitment as Executive Director for Breakthrough where he looks forward to creating a life free of mental illness by focusing upon research to inform clinical improvements, enhanced outcomes and community connectivity.