Welcome to the Positive Education Podcast with Ash Manuel

Have you ever felt challenged by how to improve the wellbeing and happiness of your students in your classroom and across the whole school community? Or at your sports club or family home? Not only that but actually where to start and how to make it happen? Or do you feel you have a good wellbeing program in place, but you want to take it to the next level?

We have found that many schools and sports clubs know the importance, but are unsure of what they need to do to make it happen.

Ash has worked with close to 1000 organisation’s impacting more than a quarter of a million people, including schools, sports teams, and businesses across 45 countries. Today Ash is regarded as a global thought leader in positive education.

And as we know, the number hot one topic in the schools and in fact the world is mental wellbeing. Therefore, in each episode, Ash will talk with experts in positive education / well-being to extract actionable ideas you can execute in your classroom, across your school, at your sports club, and in your organisation. Plus tips and tricks that you can apply in your own life.

September 3, 2022

Josh is a Teacher, and currently the Community Programs Manager for the Danny Frawley Centre and the St Kilda Football Club. 

In this episode with Josh, we dive into:
– the role professional sporting organisations can play in the mental wellbeing space
– the Danny Frawley Centre and it’s purpose
– the 4 pillars the Danny Frawley Centre focuses on
– the ‘for good’ a professional sporting club can play in the community
Plus a heap more

More About Josh
Josh started his career at the AFL, working with remote indigenousness communities on driving social change through Australian Rules Football.

After completing his grad year in teaching Josh pursued his passion for harnessing the power of sport as the vehicle to improve community health outcomes, particularly around Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Continuing his career in the AFL sector, setting up and implementing a successful suicide prevention pilot program for local sports clubs and is now the community programs manager for the newly established Danny Frawley Centre.

You can contact Josh and follow the Danny Frawley Centre here:
Facebook: facebook.com/dannyfrawleycentre
Instagram: @dannyfrawleycentre
Linkedin: Josh Connell
Email: hello@dannyfrawleycentre.com.au
Website: dannyfrawleycentre.com.au

August 8, 2022

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

August 4, 2022

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

More About Hollie
Hollie Seibold believes everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy and successful life.

It’s what gets her out of bed each morning. It’s also the driving force behind her working with Readiness.

Hollie is a devoted wife and mother to three adolescent girls and is passionate about creating generations of resilient people.  This encompasses students, teachers, business leaders, employees and families that are empowered to live their best lives and do their best work.

In her role as Enabler, Hollie works with organisations, teams and individuals to bolster their inherent resilience – the foundation for better connections, greater self-worth, increased empathy and improved efficiencies, Mind, Body & Soul.

In doing this, Hollie takes an inquisitive, informed and practical approach, working collaboratively with her clients to help them gain awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, build positivity and arm them with the tools they need to deal with adversity. 

Aware that to teach well means you must continue to learn; Hollie is always looking for opportunities to increase her knowledge and impart her learnings. Hollie’s own journey of overcoming challenges and having a growth mindset drives her passion to achieve Wellbeing communally.

She is a fully qualified schoolteacher (specialising in P.E.) with more than 15 years’ experience teaching both junior and senior years. Her extensive career has seen her gain experience across a variety of industries including hospitality, health and fitness, business and administration – experience that’s seen her work with a range of different people and personalities.

On a personal note, Hollie loves good food and entertaining with friends and family. Autumn is her season of choice, Rom-Coms are her go-to movies, Surfing is her newfound passion and music can determine her mood, you may catch her belting out a song at the traffic lights. She is most at home curling up with a good book and sipping on an almond Chai Latte.

You can contact Hollie and follow her here:
Email: hollie@readiness.org.au
Linkedin: Hollie Seibold
Website: readiness.org.au

July 7, 2022

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

 

May 26, 2022

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
  • PLUS MUCH MORE

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:

April 4, 2022

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
  • PLUS MUCH MORE

     

Adelaide Workshop – May 23
Workshop Flyer – Adelaide
Workshop Flyer – In schools
Workshop Video

 

More About Dale

Dale Sidebottom has been referred to as the energiser bunny of the teaching world. With his love of play, fun fitness, energy and passion for getting people moving, Dale is the created of Jugar Life, Energetic Education, Learning with Games, and the top rating educational podcast Energetic Radio. Dale has created a unique blend of fun, teamwork, wellness and movement into his keynotes, seminars and conferences which he has presented in 20 countries around the world for students and teachers.

You can contact Dale and follow him here:

Email: dale@energetic.education
Websites: https://energetic.education/ | https://jugar.life/
TEDx Talk: Dale’s TEDx Talk
Facebook: https://facebook.com/energeticeducation1
Instagram: @energeticeducation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaleSidebottom

More About Ash

In 2010, while teaching as a primary school physical education teacher in Adelaide, Ash discovered his most significant learning. Resilience, grit and happiness can be practised – in the same way, skills in a sport can be practised. As a result Growing With Gratitude was born. Growing With Gratitude focuses on teaching children skills based on gratitude, kindness, empathy, positive reflection & serving others, the critical building blocks to resilience, grit & happiness. Today, Ash is widely regarded as a leader in primary school positive education. In 2021, Growing With Gratitude won the Innovation into Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award at the South Australian Community Achievement Awards. GWG offers whole school presentations, in-class sessions, student and staff workshops and online programs. Growing With Gratitude reaches 100’s of thousands of students across the globe and is currently accessed in 45 countries. Ash is also host of this podcast, 

You can contact Ash and follow him here:

January 26, 2022

This episode is 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 acknowledgement 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
  • PLUS MUCH MORE


More About Colette

Colette Bos is in 2022 an Assistant Principal at Roma Mitchell Secondary College but her roles have also been:

Director of Inclusion, Henley High School

Principal of Salisbury North R-7 School and was instrumental in leading and implementing positive education throughout Mark Oliphant B-12 College.

Colette is passionate about embedding positive education throughout all curriculum areas and ensuring it is not seen as an add-on. In her roles, she used research and evidence to enable her to ‘think outside the square’ to embed Positive Education in education in context for all children and young people including refugee children with limited English and those experiencing trauma.

She has previous experience as a School Counsellor R-12 and a Youth Development Coordinator across the Northern Adelaide Region where she focused on a strengths-based approach and the importance of the student voice.

In 2016, Colette worked in the Department of Education and Child Development’s Student Engagement and Wellbeing Unit to focus on pedagogy and wellbeing and the balance between wellbeing for learning and learning for wellbeing.

Acknowledgement of Country: Acknowledgement of Country
Email: Colette.Bos440@schools.sa.edu.au 

January 20, 2022

This episode is very humorous. Find out why the SCUM ran out onto the ground in tin foil hats and with their pets. The episode also 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 are included and feel they belong.

Adelaide Uni Football Club Website: https://uniblacksfc.com.au/

January 4, 2022

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 more


Make sure you grab a note pad and pen.

More About Shawn

Shawn is a passionate educator with a heart for student wellbeing. With 20 years experience and 9 years as a Senior Leader across multiple schools, Shawn has been a Head of Faculty, Head of House, a Head of Middle School and is currently the Director of student Wellbeing at Scotch College, where he has spent the last 6 years leading the College’s strategic and innovative approach to wellbeing and mental health in education. He has spoken nationally and internationally on the topics of creativity, innovation and wellbeing.

On a personal level, Shawn is proud husband and father of 2 young children, an avid cyclist – racing with Norwood Cycling club, a huge NBA and AFL fan.

Email: skasbergen@scotch.sa.edu.au           
LinkedIN: linkedin.com/in/shawn-kasbergen-930bb5106
Mental Health First Aid Training for Schools: https://mhfa.com.au/schools

December 9, 2021

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. 

December 2, 2021

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.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mannion-90754a126/
https://breakthroughfoundation.org.au/
https://samentalhealthcommission.com.au/
Email:
info@breakthroughfoundation.org.au

November 24, 2021

One of the biggest challenges schools face is the how. “How do we go about executing a positive education / well-being program?” If you are a school leader, well-being co-ordinator or teacher who is looking to start or add to your WHOLE school wellbeing approach, then this is a must listen. In this episode I talk with Mark Butler. Mark has recently become the Secondary Principal at Al Bateen Academy – Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to this appointment he was School Principal K – 12 at Al Durrah International School – Sharjah, UAE. It was here Mark introduced a whole school approach to well-being. Most of our discussion revolves around how him and his team did this. Lot’s of takeaways, great advice and ideas you can apply immediately. And before Al Durrah, Mark spend 6 years at Emirates National Schools as Head of Pastoral Care and also as Assistant Head of School. 

More About Mark

Mark is a passionate student centred leader who grew up in rural Ireland. Although he is now leading one Abu Dhabi’s top private secondary school’s, Mark’s path to Education leadership was not via the conventional route. 
 
As someone who failed to connect with school throughout his post primary education, Mark graduated not knowing which direction to take. 
 
Guided by his parents he enrolled in the police force known as An Garda Siochana in Ireland. It was here where he began to find his passion for working with students, eventually finding his way into Education via Abu Dhabi where he has gone on to lead a school of 200 staff and 1200 students. 
 

Since his time in UAE Mark has had a significant impact on school culture at each of his posts, his passion to support and develop students socially and emotionally has propelled him to the top of of a very competitive market in Abu Dhabi. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-butler-832943ba/
https://www.albateenacademy.sch.ae/
https://aldurrahint.com/
https://www.ens.sch.ae/

November 17, 2021

If you are a teacher or a sports coach who struggles with dealing with friendship issues, then this is a must listen. In this episode I talk with Dana Kerford, founder of Urstrong. A well-being program that aims to create a kinder world by empowering kids with friendship skills. We go into how to cultivate friendships, how to deal with “friendship fires” and much more. So many takeaways for you to apply.

More About Dana
After starting her career as a 4th grade teacher in Canada, Dana began to recognize the complexity of childhood friendships. Motivated to create cultures of kindness in schools, Dana launched a first-of-its-kind friendship program in 2009. Since then, URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools globally, connecting over 1 million kids, parents, & teachers with a common language of friendship.

Dana is the go-to expert on childhood friendships and has presented at education conferences around the world.

https://urstrong.com/
https://www.instagram.com/urstrong.friendship/
https://www.facebook.com/urstrong
https://www.twitter.com/urstrong

November 10, 2021

If you are involved in any type of Sporting Club, this episode is a MUST listen.
In this episode I am talking with Craig Scott, President of the Goodwood Saints Football Club in South Australia. In 2020 the club was awarded the Good Sports National Junior Club of the year and was also runner up as a whole club in 2021. They have also received numerous other awards. The reason I wanted to get Craig on the podcast early on is because this man drives a club that focuses on the whole person. They are all about inclusion (they actually do it and not just use the word), the mental well-being of it’s players, past players and support staff. As a club, they fully understand their role as not JUST a Football Club, but as a club that develops the whole person starting right from the youngest teams. In this episode we take you through the steps and initiatives you can implement at your club. Is cost an issue? We go through how to navigate this too.

More About Craig
Craig is a well-known driving force behind the Goodwood Saints Football Club. Currently in his fifth year as president, his vision and guidance has seen the development of a female football program, as well as the SANFL Inclusive League, which ensures players with integration difficulties – including mental and physical disabilities – are entirely integrated into the club.
Craig’s strong advocacy for social justice issues is reflected by work undertaken at the club. He’s implemented opportunities for the homeless from the Hutt Street Centre, and supported causes like the Red Shield Appeal, breast cancer and Mental Health education. Outside the football club community and since 1994, Craig has been involved in Operation Flinders, a program aimed at supporting at-risk youth. His empowering nature and leadership abilities have enabled him to create a strong, healthy and more resilient community.
He was awarded the South Australia – Citizen of the Year Award 2021 at the Australia Day Awards in February and was also a finalist in the Australian of the Year – Local Hero 2021.

Email: president@goodwoodsaints.com.au
Website: https://goodwoodsaints.com.au/making-a-difference 
Programs Mentioned: 
https://sports.growingwithgratitude.com/
https://headspace.org.au/

Dale Sidebottom has been referred to as the energiser bunny of the teaching world. With his love of play, fun fitness, energy and passion for getting people moving, Dale is the created of Jugar Life, Energetic Education, Learning with Games, and the top rating educational podcast Energetic Radio. Dale has created a unique blend of fun, teamwork, wellness and movement into his keynotes, seminars and conferences which he has presented in 20 countries around the world for students and teachers.

In this episode with Dale, we dive into:
– the power of play and game based learning
– what approaches work best and what hasn’t worked so well
– why games work with disengaged students
– why all schools should have a wellbeing / positive education
– the future of wellbeing in school.

You can contact Dale and follow him here:

This is a short introduction to the Positive Education Podcast With Ash Manuel. In this short episode Ash will discuss the purpose of the podcast and what you’ll takeaway from each episode.

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