At ESC we value developing not only our students’ academic growth but also their social and emotional wellbeing. We aspire to create an environment where students feel connected, supported and positive in their approach to learning. We aim to equip students with the skills to be intrinsically motivated and self-directed learners so that they may achieve their goals. We strive to cultivate in students a growth mindset in order for them to be resilient not only in their learning but also in life.
ESC is a member of the Positive Education Schools Association
Epping Secondary College is a member of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) which allows us to access the latest ideas and research in the area of positive psychology in schools, and to connect with other schools that are on the same journey. By collaborating with other schools we have been able to implement a wide range of strategies which are changing the nature of education at our school for the better. Feel free to check out the PESA website for yourself; there are a range of resources, many of which are useful for parents also. https://www.pesa.edu.au/
The Positive Education ‘Program’ at ESC
Positive Education is not a ‘program’ that is simply rolled out to schools. Rather it is a philosophy which infiltrates all aspects of a school’s curriculum, programs, policies and culture. The cornerstone of Positive Education at ESC is the explicit teaching of positive psychology strategies within the Learning for Life program (years 7-9) and PODS (a fortnightly check-in session) (year 12). However it is the opportunity to utilise and practice the skills being taught which really adds value. Therefore staff and students are now using the language of growth mindset and neuroplasticity to describe and reflect on their learning. They are also focussing on the development and use of character strengths through their normal class work and extra-curricular activities, and they are using mindfulness to reduce stress and increase focus. Through the use of initiatives such as these, both student wellbeing and academic success will continue to improve.