Our launch event was on Thursday, October 18th 2012 @ Experimedia, The State Library of Victoria.
The event showcased a range of inspiring educators who bring wellness to schools through innovation.
Our inspiring and insightful speakers in conversation included:
John Corrigan: Founder of Group 8 Education gr8education.com that has been researching the process, institution and culture of education since 2001. They use action research methodology, a variety of feedback strategies involving all school stakeholders, exemplar coaching methodologies and contemporary educational and social neuroscience to transform schools.
Janet Etty-Leal author of ‘Meditation Capsules’ meditationcapsules.com and teaches meditation to schools (Geelong Grammar & MLC) and community organisations. Her main aim is to connect people to steps that they can take to live in the now. She de-mystifies meditation and brings wonderful ideas, strategies and skills to students and teachers alike that they can readily put in place to enhance their lives.
Jenny Luca understands the importance of teachers being able to use different skill sets as required in the Knowledge Society. She advises teachers on how best to use new digital technologies to enhance the learning and teaching experience and has been recognised for her ground-breaking work and was the recipient of the John Ward Award for Outstanding Teacher Librarian in 2009 by the School Library Association of Victoria. jennyluca.com
Jeanette Pritchard is committed to energizing the community to support the wellbeing of students in schools. She has developed the Standing Tall school based mentoring program which recruits and trains members of the community to support young people in a school setting. The program is running successfully in a number of schools in SW Victoria. http://www.standingtalliw.com.au
She is working towards replicating the program in Melbourne schools.
Hamish Curry is the Education & Onsite Learning Manager, Learning Services at the State Library of Victoria and previously at the Melbourne City Campus Coordinator at Eltham College of Education. He has been a great support in creating this Well School event and launching the idea of libraries as spaces to support wellness education.
Eva Migdal is co-founder of the Well School. She is lecturer & Course Coordinator of Wellness Coaching at RMIT University & health coach for Diabetes Victoria. Eva began developing the Well School whilst a fellow at the School of Social Entrepreneurs in 2011. She is passionate about developing wellness literacy, peer coaching and in systems that need it. Her work in industry as a workplace wellness consultant, and in schools as a sustainability, values educator and virtues project facilitator have inspired this vision. She has degrees in Physiotherapy, Media, Education and a Masters in Environmental Science
Bruce Joy is co-founder of the Wellschool. an innovator and entrepreneur who helps others benefit from new technologies that add value and agility. His interests include technology, trends and a smarter, healthier world. He is the founder and CEO of Vastpark www.vastpark.com who create software, web development, 2D and 3D design, video production, project management, consulting and friendly support services. They work on projects that can make a difference in people’s lives. He is also Chief Technology Officer at Clinicion www.clinicion.com a team of entrepreneurs, technologists and designers with a passion for improving healthcare and a state-of-the-art purpose-built system to help you reach health goals more quickly and with less risk. Bruce’s background is in the convergent space of media, technology and virtual worlds that led the creation of VastPark. Bruce studied media and literature at Deakin University and venture capital at HAAS, University of California, Berkeley. He has run businesses for 20 years and worked with many of the largest brands in the world, including General Motors, Deloitte, Mars, BMW, Fuji Xerox and Linfox. Role & Responsibility