Wellbeing of Students, Staff and Parents
As one of the first international schools in Germany, BBIS fully committed to embedding wellbeing into the school curriculum and culture. We believe that teaching our students how to deal with change, how to develop resilience and how to build healthy relationships is just as important as teaching Math, Art or Science. We recognize that establishing a whole school wellbeing approach is not an add-on, nor is it a one-off. It is a process and BBIS is now entering the second phase of the journey.
What is Positive Education?
Positive Education is the application of Positive Psychology, as developed by Martin Seligman and his team from the University of Pennsylvania, in a school context. It teaches academic skills and develops character strengths and wellbeing. It helps students build resilience, deal with change and foster better relationships, and focuses on finding and pursuing meaning and purpose.
When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity. Well-being cannot exist just in your own head. Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment.
Why Positive Education?
We are living in a time of rapid change, and a time where a multitude of distractions are competing for our attention. Positive Education teaches us how to develop our inner strengths, how to be at our best, and how to learn from setbacks to live a healthy and balanced life.
Positive Education & Wellbeing at BBIS
After 2 years of intensive training for our staff, we have entered the next phase of our Whole School Positive Education journey. Based on the research by Dr. Helen Street, we are looking at everything we do through the lens of wellbeing, exploring Contextual Wellbeing. How can we improve our homework, assessment or mobile device policies, and how can these policies enhance student wellbeing?
Our curriculum is based on the PEEC Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum developed by the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School in Australia, the leader in the field of Positive Education for more than 10 years. We are adopting the PEEC curriculum to our specific needs. To put wellbeing strategies into practice, we offer Yoga sessions throughout the year for staff, students and parents. We continue to develop our knowledge and expertise by offering professional development opportunities.
At the start of 2020, BBIS faculty and staff had the opportunity to work with Dr. Ron Lalonde, who ran several workshops on Positive Teaching Practices. The former Middle East Regional Manager of the Institute of Positive Education also took the time to present to our BBIS parents on Strength based Parenting.