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Positive Education

We have a commitment to providing the best learning environment for all our children and young people. We believe that children learn best when they have good working relationships with peers and staff. Also as part of that commitment, we have a structured positive education program throughout the college.
“Positive Psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play.” – MARTIN SELIGMAN

Positive Psychology with Best Practice Teaching

Mark Oliphant College has embraced Positive Education throughout the college. Positive Education brings together the science of Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to support individuals and communities to flourish. It focuses on specific skills that assist students to build and strengthen Positive Relationships, develop a Positive Emotion toolkit, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy and flourishing lifestyle.

At Mark Oliphant College we aim to foster engagement amongst our students, encourage them to achieve, share their accomplishments, and equip them with qualities to enable them to fulfil their life purpose.

We do this through a drip feeding approach which focuses on one each of Seligman’s’ 5 pillars of Positive Psychology (PERMA) each term. We explicitly teach components of the pillars and filter this through the school Reception through to Year 12.

  • Term 1 – Positive Accomplishment
  • Term 2 – Positive Emotion (Gratitude)
  • Term 3 – Positive Engagement
  • Term 4 – Positive Relationships (Bucket Filling)

Positive Relationships

Throughout the year we also pay particular attention to our character strengths – staff and students.

To support the development of positive relationships there is a Learning and Wellbeing Coordinator in each (sub) school. These four positions are also sometimes referred to as Student Counsellors.

Also within each subschool, the role of class teacher incorporates a significant Pastoral Care element. The Pastoral Care programme in each (sub) school provides appropriate information to help children, young adults and their families make informed, realistic decisions about their futures. As students move through the college this is increasingly about courses of study that will set students on appropriate pathways through school to further study and employment.

At Mark Oliphant College B-12 we have a strong commitment to a safe orderly environment to support all our students. The principles of this are Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible to Be Successful. These principles have resulted in mutual obligations with our student/parent community. These are outlined on our Expectations page.

Our goal is to work together as part of the Mark Oliphant College (B-12) community ( students, parents, staff and partners) to use, develop and enhance the many strengths that we all bring to MOC to improve the educational outcomes for all our students.

Our Other Services

  • MOC has a Christian Pastoral Support Worker to support our students and their families.
  • We employ qualified youth workers for support roles in our Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program.
  • We engage the sessional services of a clinical psychologist to support our families.
  • In our Children’s Centre, our Community Development Coordinator initiates a wide range of programs with and for our community. Example include financial counselling, child therapy etc.

For information about any of these services please contact info@moc.sa.edu.au