Prep RAVE Specialist Jane Edwards and I recently attended a Positive Education Schools Association Conference. Amongst the amazing array of speakers was Dr Lea Waters who is an expert in Positive Psychology and has been a ‘strength-based’ scientist for more than 20 years. Lea has recently written a book called “The Strength Switch: How the new science of strength-based parenting can help your child and teen to flourish”.

We are aware that one of the best ways we can support our students’ wellbeing and resilience is to support you in your roles as parents. To this end, there have been three opportunities to attend information sessions this term, with a visit from Sonya Ryan about online safety yet to occur on Monday 18 June at 7.00 pm. Jane and I felt that one more opportunity we could offer is the establishment of a Parents’ Book Club, at which we would discuss “The Strength Switch”.  We envisage meeting on two occasions for this discussion, focusing on the first half of the book “Laying the Foundation” which explores the concepts of strengths, and then the second half of the book “Building Strengths” which gives practical suggestions about how to take this approach with your children. Depending on the desire of the group, there would be potential for continuing to meet to discuss other titles that are relevant to your parenting experience. I have plenty on my list!

We propose that our first meeting be Tuesday 26 June (Week 9), at 7.00 pm. The venue is yet to be confirmed, but we are hopeful of having somewhere that you can purchase a coffee or a wine! Our next date would be a mutually agreed time, most likely a month or so later.

If you are interested in being part of the book club, please contact me via Email or T 8276 0395. You would also need to purchase (or borrow) a copy of the book and read the first part before our meeting. Closer to the time I will confirm the venue. Not only is this a great way to pick up some additional knowledge and skills about parenting, but it is also a great way to get to know others in the Westminster Community.

Liz Collins
Head of Wellbeing