The Geelong Positive Education Program (GPEP) is open to Year 9 students via application. GPEP is a multi-purposed program, enabling students to actively contribute to improving the world they live in and their own understanding of themselves through Positive Education.
Students looking to challenge themselves and to make a positive difference in their communities find joining GPEP a rewarding experience. Students are encouraged to build upon their character strengths and to develop a growth mindset when encountering difficulties in school and in life. Students also develop their understanding of ways they can make a positive impact, whether it is through animal welfare, promoting environmental sustainability or in other ways. Indeed, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the class are the excursions to charitable and volunteer organisations where students actively participate in helping.
Areas of Study
GPEP encompasses three main areas of investigation, including animal welfare, sustainability and disadvantage in our community. Positive Education is intertwined, where students learn about their own character strengths, how to deal with difficult situations and how to view challenges with a growth mindset.
Students work with charities and volunteer organisations during school time. This includes working on projects with animals, on environmental projects, with primary aged students and participating in activities which will benefit members of our society in less fortunate situations.
Students take part in a number of camps throughout the semester, including local and Melbourne camps. Later in the year students undertake an interstate or international camp providing students with opportunities to contribute in a positive way to the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.