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Tim Cope with Justin Robinson and David Bott from GGS Institute of Positive Education


About Tim

Tim Cope has pursued a life of adventure, writing and documentary making. His books are ‘On The Trail of Genghis Khan’, ‘Off The Rails’ and just released young adults book, ‘Tim and Tigon’.  Tim speaks fluent Russian, and has spent years travelling through Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, rowboat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. He loves getting to know people in their home environments by travelling in traditional and local ways. He has completed an award-winning film series for ARTE in Europe, and ABC TV. Tim was National Geographic Adventure Honouree in 2007 and Australian Adventurer of the Year 2006. Tim returns to Mongolia annually to guide trips for World Expeditions.

About David
David Bott is the Associate Director of the Institute of Positive Education. David helps lead one of the world’s most experienced teams dedicated to research, development and training in the field of Positive Education. David has been involved in training thousands of teachers from hundreds of schools around the world in designing, implementing and sustaining individual and whole-school approaches to wellbeing. David also consults with government departments and some of the world’s leading schools to help guide wellbeing vision and strategy.    
David’s current role follows three years as Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar where he led the School’s wellbeing programme across four campuses and headed the School’s Psychology Department.  David lives with his wife, son and daughter on the Corio campus of Geelong Grammar School. 

About Justin
Justin Robinson, M.Ed. MACE, is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Positive Education, based at Geelong Grammar School. He leads a team dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Positive Education through research and providing training for other educators. As a passionate leader in the field of student and staff wellbeing, Justin has been invited to write for a number of publications and speak at conferences both in Australia and around the world. His appointment at the Institute follows a successful career as a Mathematics and Physical Education teacher and school leader at both Geelong Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School. An enthusiastic sportsman, Justin has coached many school sporting teams and is a keen marathon runner. Justin is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, and was listed in The Educator’s 2017 Hot List.  He lives with his wife Jeanette and their four children on the Corio campus of Geelong Grammar School.

About the Institute of Positive Education
 In 2014, Geelong Grammar School became the first school in the world to open an on-campus research, training and development institute dedicated to Positive Education; The Institute of Positive Education. In the four years since its launch, the Institute has grown to a team of 16 and has delivered more than 200 training courses to educators around Australia and internationally. The Institute’s training is designed to empower educators by introducing the principles of Positive Education and assist schools to implement Positive Education in their unique settings.  More than 10,000 teachers, representing more than 1,000 schools from around the world have attended the Institute’s training courses.  As the participants of these courses return to their schools, the benefits of Positive Education have been experienced by well over 250,000 students.