Parents Voice in Government School Education

Relationship based Education

What is Relationship based Education?

Relationship based Education is a philosophy of education that puts relationships at the centre.

It is a tool for long-term culture change and for addressing challenges.

The key messages are:

  • Relationships that form in the educational environment are the bedrock for everything else that happens.
  • The fundamentals of a positive relationship (Trust, Forgiveness, Integrity, Hope, Compassion) apply to all relationships, including those in the educational environment.

Parents Victoria has 95 years’ experience when it comes to listening to parents and educators. We know that things don’t always run smoothly; misunderstandings and conflicts occur between teachers and students, between school and home, and we’ve helped to resolve many of them. We believe that quality relationships are the key to quality education for our children. These pages provide empirical evidence, a philosophical background, practical advice and examples to support our belief that relationships are central to learning.

The resources on these pages are intended for educators and parents.

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Books for children

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Endorsement: Joshua Brown

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For parents: further reading

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Meditation Capsules. A Mindfulness Program for Children Janet Etty-Leal Written for upper primary and lower secondary students, this book brims with creative ways to stimulate senses and perceptions. ‘Road-tested’ ways to help young children develop

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Endorsement: Nathan Chisholm

(Principal, Prahran High School) I have had the privilege of being close to John Hendry’s work for many years, as I’ve sought to develop positive, kind and caring cultures in the school communities that I’ve

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Endorsement: Sally Cheah-Johnson

(Assistant Principal, John Monash Science School) Over the last two years John Hendry has supported John Monash Science School in its development of Positive Education. John’s passion, leadership and willingness to provide his time and

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Endorsement: Colette Bos

(Director for Inclusion, Henley High School) I have worked in partnership with John Hendry over the last few years, in my role as a new Principal at Salisbury North R-7 School and in my current

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Endorsement: Yuen Pang

(Co-Founder, Guangzhou Happy Seeds Education Centre) During the past two years I have been privileged to have the opportunity to work very closely with John Hendry to bring the best of positive education to parents,

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Endorsement: Dr Kerry Howells

(Senior Lecturer, College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania) I have seen audiences come alive in a completely different way in response to the relevance of John’s deep and important work on forgiveness,

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Endorsement: Joshua Brown

(Founding Director, The Invictus Wellbeing Institute) John Hendry is one of the most important voices in education. His message of forgiveness leading to peak performance and the creation of a culture of care, is essential

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Endorsement: Sue Jackson PhD

(Course Facilitator, The Flow Centre) John Hendry has an outstanding capacity to bring together cutting edge research on optimal learning environments into practical strategies for the classroom. John’s passion for helping others understand how to

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Simple things for parents to do

Finding the positive Find, as parents and as students, three good things about the day and individually write them down and briefly explain what was good about them. Then share them with each other. This

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