Positive Schools

Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)


Positive School Hosts 2013


WA/VIC Richard Pengelley

QLD Helen Street


About Richard
Richard was born in Bahrain and came to Australia as a 10 pound pom. Educated in Perth, he graduated from UWA as a PE teacher in 1981.  After working in state schools he accepted a job at Hale School where he eventually became the Chaplain and an ordained Anglican priest. He has since run a large parish, been a university college Chaplain, Assistant Professor in Sports Science, Sub-Dean UWA Community, and he now works as the Director of Service Learning and Leadership at Christ Church Grammar School.  Richard is also a member of the Positive Schools Conference team and has hosted the WA event in previous years as well as presenting on the main stage. Richard was a dual Olympian and captain of the Australian water polo team and he is married to a teacher with 3 adult daughters, two of whom are also teachers. His passions include sport, the beach, reading, travel and boys and men’s spiritual and emotional health.

About Helen
Social psychologist and stress expert Dr Helen Street has worked extensively in Australian schools since 1999. Her work focuses on staff wellbeing, goal setting and motivation and has been presented internationally in academic journals and in the popular media. Her work has been met with international acclaim and has been endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and ‘brown eyes blue eyes’ creator Jane Elliott, among many others. In addition to her academic role, Helen is an adjunct research consultant for the health department of WA's Centre for Clinical Interventions and co-chair for Positive Schools.  In 2011 Helen was awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Graduate Education at UWA. She was the show psychologist for Channel Ten’s ‘The Circle’ and is now a regular feature writer for Western Teacher. Helen’s latest book ‘Life Overload’ came out in 2011. Helen is one of the original creators of Positive Schools in addition to being a regular host and presenter at the events. 





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