PosEd @ Da Qiao Primary School
Seven years of deep exploration in the field of PosEd to bring wellbeing at the centrestage of Teaching and Learning has created a common language that has strengthened the bond between staff and students at Da Qiao Primary School. The school has made significant progress through its Teach, Embed and Live approach towards the infusing the skills of wellbeing so much so that the culture of the school has transformed, improving school climate as well as enhancing peer to peer and teacher-student relationship.
From its inception into PosEd in 2012, learning from key research articles on evidence based practices in wellbeing and structuring progressive training on Positive Psychology for its staff, the school has sustained its practices through the establishment of a structure of TEL in PosEd in 2014 which is guided by the overarching philosophy that Everyone Can Flourish and its vision of a Flourishing School with Happy and Confident Learners.
“Staff and students will only flourish in a school social context (environment and culture) if that context is healthy, equitable and inclusive.” Helen Street
DQ lives PosEd in its environment, its way of communicating, and its focus on the strength of individuals. The 5 aspects of wellbeing (PERMA) is taught, practised and lived by both staff and students seamlessly be it in Staff Meeting for teachers to how DQ begins and ends each school day. The school prides itself in its practice of Mindfulness, Growth Mindset and Gratitude and has lived out Doing Good and Feeling Good to flourish the school community.
Students Our Focus
Primary 1 to Primary 6 students engage in age-approriate community work, all students practise Mindfulness in reading, eating and breathing just to name a few of the school’s noteworthy activities. In addition, students explore activities that they have not tried before at one-hour recess periods called YOLO (You Only Live One).
Mindfulness to stay in the present moment and be conscious of the now
The YOLO recess that is held thrice a term provides opportunities for students to showcase their talent or experience something new
Teachers the Key
As one of the first few schools in Singapore to integrate PosEd, the school went beyond impacting its own staff by sharing at various national and international platforms since 2014.
The school took professional development of staff in the fraternity a step further by organising the inaugural Symposium for Positive Education in 2017 and the Learning Fest on Positive Education in 2018 attracting full house responses from both events.
The inaugural Symposium for Positive Education 2017 attracted more than 400 key personnel from primary school to junior colleges
Sharing by DQ teachers at the school’s Learning Fest on Positive Education 2018
DQPShas been captured and compiled into a book by Guidance Branch, Ministry of Education Strengthening Positive TSR: Learning from the journeys of seven schools.
The soft copy can be found on OPAL with this direct link: http://subjects.opal.moe.edu.sg/guidance-areas/teacher-student-relationships-tsr/resources-on-tsr/for-key-personnel-kps