16 January 2021: Positive Education in Action

Cruise Line: Carnival Australia

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Dates: 16 – 23 January 2021

Duration: 7 nights from Sydney

Destination: South Pacific

NESA PD Hours: 15

Suitable For: K-12 teachers and early childhood teachers

Carnival’s newest ship to cruise from Australia – Carnival Splendor – is the venue for our for our Positive Education in Action 2021 course, presented by Bright Happy Schools while you cruise to the tropical islands of the South Pacific. This 15-hour NESA registered PD course is suitable for K-12 school teachers as well as early childhood teachers.



This course is proudly presented by Bright Happy Schools and their aim is to work with educators to create a better future for our young people – to have a positive, powerful influence that sets them up for success. The program comprises three of their most popular modules:

• Enabling Growth Mindsets (5-hour course)
• Catching The Positive (5-hour course)
• Increasing Gratitude (5-hour course)

For more information on each topic, please go to “Itinerary & CPD Sessions” tab.

Completion of Positive Education in Action will contribute 15 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing standard descriptors 4.1.2; 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Event Highlights

  • Achieve 15 NESA PD hours
  • 7-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific
  • Complimentary tote bag, lanyard, pen and notepad
  • Complimentary and exclusive cocktail party
  • Complimentary group photo and farewell dinner (subject to availability)


Carnival Australia
Carnival Splendor

7-Night Cruise & 15-hour PD Course

Visiting Maré and Noumea

16 – 23 January 2021


16 January 2021 | Saturday


Embarkation: Welcome Aboard!

Guest Welcome Reception and Conference Registration (click to expand)

Upon boarding the ship, meet your Cruise Seminars host and conference presenters at our Welcome Desk to register for the event. You’ll also receive a complimentary Cruise Seminars tote bag, lanyard, notepad and pen! Now settle in, explore the ship and enjoy our departure from Sydney as we set sail for the South Pacific islands.

4:00pm Carnival Splendor departs Sydney

9:00pm Casual meet ‘n’ mingle for all guests and their cruising companions

At sea

17 January 2021 | Sunday

9:00am – 1:00pm Conference (5 hours including pre-work):

Enabling Growth Mindsets & Cultivating Grit (click to expand)

One of the most important things you will ever do for your students is to teach them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. This is what is referred to as a growth mindset or what a child believes about their intelligence and ability to learn.

Research now shows that when students are taught to have a growth mindset they show a rapid increase in their enjoyment of learning and in their academic results. This module will take you through clear, easy to implement steps to build a growth mindset and dynamically impact your student’s future.

This module also gives you strategies and teaching ideas for cultivating grit and self-regulation through appropriate teaching methods and activities.

A one-hour pre-work module comprising of tedtalks, articles and reflections will be sent to you prior to the cruise to provide background content and spark curiosity.

A complimentary brunch break is included in this session

5:00pm Exclusive cocktail reception, food and beverages provided with our compliments!

At sea

18 January 2021 | Monday

9:00am – 1:00pm Conference (5 hours including pre-work):

Catching The Positive (click to expand)

While you could probably find ample opportunities for constructive criticism to help a student improve, the research shows that this type of feedback is not the type that will have the most dynamic impact on confidence. The best thing that you can do to build a student’s confidence is to catch them doing something right.

Communicating positively with students helps them develop confidence, feelings of self-worth and good relationships with others. This module shares science-backed positive communication tips and activities including the ideal praise to criticism ratio, the importance of ‘catching the positive’ and key steps for building positive relationships.

A one-hour pre-work module comprising of tedtalks, articles and reflections will be sent to you prior to the cruise to provide background content and spark curiosity.

A complimentary brunch break is included in this session


19 January 2021 | Tuesday

Maré, New Caledonia - Arrive 9:00am / Depart 6:00pm (click to expand)

The island of Maré is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Maré is a raised coral atoll and is 42km long and 16-33km wide. It lies north east of Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s mainland. The main village on Maré is Tadine, a peaceful little port village. Most cruise ship visitors take a day trip to nearby Yejele Beach for swimming and snorkelling.


20 January 2021 | Wednesday

Noumea, New Caledonia - Arrive 8:00am / Depart 5:00pm (click to expand)

Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia and it is one of the largest ports in the South Pacific. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia’s main island, Grand Terre, and is home to the majority of the island’s European, Polynesian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese populations. The city lies on a protected deep-water harbour which serves as the chief port for New Caledonia.

At sea

21 January 2021 | Thursday

9:00am – 1:00pm Conference (5 hours including pre-work):

Increasing Gratitude (click to expand)

Research suggests a child who is taught to be grateful is happier, less materialistic, better behaved, more social and physically healthier. A child who is not taught to be grateful ends up feeling entitled and perpetually disappointed.

This module looks at the importance of gratitude and how to teach and develop this trait in your students. Ideas for simple gratitude activities you can adapt to suit any grade level is provided.

This module also equips you to help students change the way they talk to themselves about events and how they interpret them. This skill is a powerful ally in our high pressure world and can make all the difference between feeling optimistic and thriving, or feeling disengaged.

A one-hour pre-work module comprising of tedtalks, articles and reflections will be sent to you prior to the cruise to provide background content and spark curiosity.

A complimentary brunch break is included in this session

At sea

22 January 2021 | Friday

Your day today is at your leisure!

Relax by the pool or enjoy the ship’s entertainment and activities as we sail back to Sydney.

Evening: Farewell group dinner for all guests and their travelling companions (subject to availability)


23 January 2021 | Saturday

6:30am Arrive Sydney

We trust you have enjoyed this course and wish you a safe onward journey home.

Disclaimer: All views expressed by presenters in any Cruise Seminar event are those of the presenters, and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Cruise Seminars. The liability of Cruise Seminars is excluded where there are factual errors, misrepresentations or omissions in any presentation. Cruise itinerary, session times, presenters, and content are correct at time of publication and subject to change at any time due to circumstances outside the control of Cruise Seminars.


We’re proud to welcome back Leanne Walsh as our presenter for our Positive Education in Action 2021 program. Leanne’s experience, passion and dedication to enhancing the learning experience of students is reflected in this educational 15-hour NESA Registered Professional Development program.

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An inspirational educator, researcher, author and speaker, Leanne draws on current research in educational and positive psychology to design and deliver innovative learning solutions that she hopes will change lives. Leanne co-founded Bright Happy Schools to provide learning experiences to educators and students focused on improving wellbeing, performance, resilience and thinking skills to create constructive school cultures and thriving school communities.

Previous positions include Director of Bright Happy Kids, a positive parenting initiative and Director of Gow Learning International where she was an early pioneer in integrating the principles of Positive Psychology within workplaces with her evidence-based ‘Inside Out’ program, which statistically significantly improved employee psychological well-being.

Leanne has designed and developed over 300 learning resources. She is also the author of several children’s books including ‘Wonderfully Me’ and ‘Chicken Eagle’, both about helping children grow and flourish and be all they were created to be. Leanne is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master of Education and a Graduate Certificate of Applied Science (Instructional Design).


Our conference venue:

Carnival Cruise Line Australia

Carnival Splendor

It’s hard to tell which onboard space best represents Carnival Splendor – they all seem to hint at the amazing time you’re going to have. The El Morocco Lounge hosts comedy shows, musical performances, karaoke and more. The Pinnacle Steakhouse can be found not only at the height of elegant dining, but at the actual apex of the ship. Carnival Splendor has pools all over the place, including the midship pool featuring a retractable roof that makes any day a pool day. If relaxation is more your thing, Serenity Adult- Only Retreat is more your place. Or if you’re looking to take relaxation to the extreme, direct your attention to the Cloud 9 Spa, featuring more ways to kick back than just about anywhere else, on land or at sea. Whatever your cruising style, Carnival Splendor has something for everyone!


  • Multiple dining options including The Carnival Deli, Bonsai Sushi, Nouveau Restaurant and more!

  • Many lounges, bars and live music venues such as the Piano Bar, Sports Bar, Punchliner Comedy Club and everyone’s favourite – the RedFrog Pub.

  • Additional onboard activities and venues include Serenity Adult Only Retreat, full-production stage shows, cooking demonstrations and Spa Carnival

  • A choice of pools and whirlpools

  • Staterooms feature twin beds that can covert to a queen bed, TV, private bathroom, wardrobe and writing desk.

*Some activities and dining options may incur an additional charge. Information correct at time of publishing. Please refer to the Carnival Cruise Line Australia website for additional information.


Maiden Voyage: 2007

Guest Capacity: 3,012

Decks: 14

Length: 290m / 952ft

Tonnage: 113,300 GT

Speed: 21 knots



In conjunction with our booking partners at Ecruising, we have selected a limited number of rooms on board the ship in various categories. Choose an interior room for the best value, an ocean-view room for panoramic vistas, or indulge in a balcony room and relax in your own private sitting area. Bring your family and friends! Guests who are not participating in the conference only pay the cruise fare component.

Please note: If you or your school requires a separate invoice for the course and/or cruise components, please advise us once you have booked and we can arrange this for you.


An Interior stateroom is the most affordable way to cruise, and Carnival Splendor’s interiors are not just cozy, but are full of things you’d expect from any Carnival stateroom: a full private bathroom, Carnival Comfort Collection linens and more. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.


1 passenger:   $1,698^ pp (Deck 1)

2 passengers: $ 849^ pp (Deck 1)

3 passengers: $ 883^ pp (Deck 1)

4 passengers: $ 859^ pp (Deck 1)

+ Course fee: $649^ (early-bird rate)


Catch a glimpse of what’s going by from your Ocean View stateroom aboard Carnival Splendor, where you’ll get views you won’t find anywhere on land. Don’t miss sunrise and sunset at sea – your comfy stateroom is the best way to experience these! DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.


1 passenger:   $2,298^ pp (Deck 1)

2 passengers: $1,149^ pp (Deck 1)

3 passengers: $1,089^ pp (Deck 1)

4 passengers: $ 974^ pp (Deck 1)

+ Course fee: $649^ (early-bird rate)


Balcony staterooms were designed for maximum sea breeze and the most stunning views, so look to a balcony if you’re looking to cruise aboard Carnival Splendor. Any time you’re in your room, you’re just steps away from your own personal outdoor oasis, featuring the sort of sea view you can also feel. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.


1 passenger:   $2,678^ pp (Deck 6)

2 passengers: $1,339^ pp (Deck 6)

3 passengers: $1,239^ pp (Deck 6)

4 passengers: $1,149^ pp (Deck 6)

+ Course fee: $649^ (early-bird rate)


Can’t see your preferred cabin category here? Please contact us or call our booking partners at Ecruising on 1300369848 for fares and availability on other room categories.

ˆAll prices are quoted in Australian dollars, per person, and inclusive of all taxes. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. A deposit of $100 per person is required to confirm your conference registration and a $325 deposit per person is required to confirm the cruise component. Deposit must be paid by the due date stated on your invoice to avoid auto-cancellation. Conference places and cabin availability is limited. The conference must be booked in conjunction with the advertised cruise and all bookings and payments are to be made exclusively through Ecruising. A surcharge of 1% applies to payments made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal. Direct-deposit options also available (no surcharge). Final payment due dates as per invoice. Cancellation fees and penalties apply. Conditions apply. Refer to website for details.

16 January 2021: Positive Education in Action

Carnival Australia – Carnival Splendor

16 – 23 January 2021

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