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Building Optimal Wellbeing in Leadership and Schools

About the program

This program provides school leaders with the tools to investigate their own wellbeing, examine the impact of leadership on wellbeing, and a framework for improving staff wellbeing.

Delivered through four workshops spread out over six months, the program provides a specific wellbeing lens for AITSL’s Australian Professional Standard for Principals professional practice of developing self and others. Participants will take part in a pre and post program diagnostics that measure improved practice and thinking about wellbeing as a leader.

Days 1 and 2: Sustainable Wellbeing for the School Leader

  • discover effective mental models (mindsets) for wellbeing and personal mental health
  • understand the challenges to our wellbeing and the resources we have, or need to have, to build our wellbeing
  • understand the impact of personal work style on wellbeing
  • build a bank of individualised wellbeing behaviours to enhance personal resilience
  • investigate the facets of wellbeing to cultivate optimal resilience and health
  • reflect on your own wellbeing status
  • thrive amidst the personal challenges that can occur as a school leader
  • create a personal wellbeing plan.

IMPORTANT: A process for evaluating and implementing a staff wellbeing framework is the focus of the second half of the program and it is a pre-requisite that all participants have attended Days 1 and 2 Sustainable Wellbeing for the School Leader sessions before commencing Days 3 and 4.

Days 3 and 4: Building a Sustainable Culture of Wellbeing

  • understand wellbeing as a strategic imperative
  • understand the work of the role of the school leader and how this impacts wellbeing
  • engage with a framework for collegiate wellbeing peer support conversations
  • increase mental health awareness at the school level
  • understand the impact of leader wellbeing on overall staff wellbeing
  • explore the drivers of school wide wellbeing
  • create a framework for school wide wellbeing.

To maximise the effort spent on evaluating and implementing a school-wide process, it is recommended that several members from a school leadership team attend this program together.


About the facilitators 

Kaya Consulting is a multi-national firm specialising in organisational effectiveness. They are committed to building educational capability and healthy schools in Australia and New Zealand by helping schools enhance performance, optimise productivity and, ultimately, maximise staff and student outcomes. By focusing on people at all levels, Kaya enables schools to achieve their potential by empowering their people to realise theirs.

Stephen Macdonald BEd, MPsych(Organisational) 
Stephen has spent a number of years working in and around schools in a variety of leadership roles ranging from pastoral care positions, external educational consultancy and leadership coaching. Stephen is an Industrial Organisational (IO) Psychologist with a focus on workplace wellbeing and leadership practices that lead to organisational effectiveness and wellness. Due to his experience working on national wellbeing projects over the last five years he has a particular interest in working with school leaders to assist them with their own wellbeing – the often forgotten factor in creating mentally healthy schools.

Peggy Jasperson BSc(Chemistry), MArts(Teaching, Education Leadership and Administration)
Peggy has developed and delivered programs for students, staff and school-leadership throughout Australia and the USA. Her expertise and experience includes working with schools to develop educational strategies, coaching and providing advisory services to schools, universities and businesses across the country helping to improve the engagement, productivity and performance of their people. Peggy is an accredited Clifton’s Strengths Finder coach and works with schools providing insight into the Gallup Student Poll.

Abby Rammelkamp BSc(Psychology), PGDip(Rehabilitation Counselling), MPsych(Counselling)
Abby is an experienced counselling psychologist with a passion for enabling individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. Her career has focused on managing issues relating to individuals, couples and families, as well as complex issues pertaining to businesses. In addition to professional development programs and executive coaching, Abby has a particular interest in team and organisational culture change programs. This includes designing and delivering personal and professional development programs, such as intervention programs for fly-in-fly-out couples and safety leadership training, as well as emotional intelligence and clinical training programs. This includes solution-focused coaching and schema-focused therapy.

Robyn Walshe BA(Otago), MBA(Massey), PGDipArts, DipTch, FNZIM, PM NZNSA
After 15 years in teaching, with roles including school dean, head of department, careers and counselling, and curriculum development, Robyn moved to a corporate role in a large tertiary education institution. MBA studies led to a strong interest in the link between the performance of an organisation and its staff and the promises made to stakeholders (be they customers, students, community or parents). Over the last decade her consultancy practice has focused on closing this gap in a range of sectors and organisations. Now designing, developing and delivering workshops on related topics in New Zealand and Australia, Robyn demonstrates that her passion for teaching is still paramount.  


Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Developing self and others

    Four day program for
    school leadership teams

    27 November 2017



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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
27 November 2017
28 November 2017
15 March 2018
16 March 2018

All programs run from 8.30am to 4.00pm.






Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am.  Tea and coffee available from 7.45am.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Wifi connection is available.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).



Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to enrol

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email .


Building Optimal Wellbeing in Leadership and Schools

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