28 September 2019: Positive Education in Action

Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Spirit

28 September 2019 – 6 October 2019

8-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT!

The fabulous Carnival Spirit is the venue for our Positive Education in Action 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.

Carnival Spirit at Mare

Positive Education in Action

This NESA PD Registered ‘Positive Education in Action’ course will be presented on board the fabulous Carnival Spirit, departing from Sydney on 28th September 2019 (during school holidays), visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines. The four half-day workshop sessions are presented during the at-sea days, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the cruise, socialise with friends and explore the wonderful ports of call. The 15-hour intensive Positive Education in Action program comprises three of our most popular modules:

• Enabling growth mindsets
• Practising positive communication
• Building optimistic thought patterns

For more information on each session, please click the ‘ITINERARY & PD SESSIONS’ button.

Cruise and Conference Features:

  • Earn 15 PD hours
  • Certificate issued and hours uploaded to NESA for NSW teachers
  • 8-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific visiting 3 ports
  • Complimentary tote bag, lanyard, pen and notepad
  • Complimentary and exclusive cocktail party
  • Complimentary group photo and farewell dinner (subject to availability)
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Completing 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.
Amedee Island

Positive Education in Action

The cruise itinerary and conference sessions are shown below*. Click on a session title to reveal more information about the topic. A total of 15 PD hours may be achieved for attending all sessions of this program. Your certificate will reflect the sessions you have attended and total PD hours achieved.

Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Spirit

8-Night Cruise & PD Workshop

Visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines

28 September – 6 October 2019

(During School Holidays)


28 September 2019 | Saturday


Embarkation: Welcome Aboard!

Guest Welcome and Program Registration

16:00 Carnival Spirit departs Sydney

21:00 Social meet ‘n’ mingle for all guests and their cruising companions

At sea

29 September 2019 | Sunday


Workshop Session:

09:00 - 13:00 Enabling Growth Mindsets (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 strengths, grit and self regulation. It helps you understand the neural basis of self-control and how to shape it through appropriate teaching methods and activities.

Session structure:

• What the research says
• Weave into your own life – your personal challenge
• Weave into your teaching – game-changing strategies that work
• Let’s play – simple growth mindset ideas, activities and practice

This session will include a short break for brunch (provided).

Evening: Exclusive cocktail reception, food and beverages provided with our compliments!

At sea

30 September 2019 | Monday


Workshop Session:

09:00 - 13:00 Practising Positive Communication (click to expand)

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

Session structure:

• What the research says
• Weave into your own life – your personal challenge
• Weave into your teaching – game-changing strategies that work
• Let’s play – simple communication and ‘catching the positive’ ideas, activities and practice

This session will include a short break for brunch (provided).


1 October 2019 | Tuesday

Noumea, New Caledonia - Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00

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.


2 October 2019 | Wednesday

Maré, New Caledonia - arrive 08:00 / depart 17:00

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 northeast 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.

Isle of Pines

3 October 2019 | Thursday

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia - arrive 08:00 / depart 17:00

The Isle of Pines is an island located in the South Pacific, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France. The island lies southeast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s main island, and southeast of the capital Noumea. It is well known for its snorkelling and scuba diving in and around the lagoon. Many different species of tropical fish and corals can be seen in the transparent water.

At sea

4 October 2019 | Friday


Workshop Session:

09:00 - 13:00 Building Optimistic Thought Patterns (click to expand)

This module 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. This module also 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.

Session structure:

• What the research says
• Weave into your own life – your personal challenge
• Weave into your teaching – game-changing strategies that work
• Let’s play – simple optimistic thinking and gratitude ideas, activities and practice

This session will include a short break for brunch (provided).

At sea

5 October 2019 | Saturday


Workshop Session:

09:00 - 12:00 Putting it all together (click to expand)

This final session will comprise of reinforcement activities, action plans and strategies to take ideas back to the classroom to really make a difference in young hearts and minds.

Session structure:

Ideas, activities and personal action plans to ignite positive education in the classroom, including:
• Growth mindsets
• Strengths
• Grit
• Positive communication
• Catching the positive
• Positive relationships
• Optimistic thought patterns
• Gratitude

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


6 October 2019 | Sunday


06:30 Arrive Sydney

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

*Cruise itinerary, program schedule, and event times are subject to change due to circumstances outside the control of Cruise Seminars and Ecruising.Travel

Positive Education in Action

We’re proud to introduce Leanne Walsh as our presenter for our Positive Education in Action 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).

Positive Education in Action

Our conference venue:

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit
You’ll be spoilt with so much to see and do on Carnival Spirit. Take a break from the books and laze by the pool or relax in one of the whirlpools. Or indulge in Serenity, Carnival Spirit’s adults-only retreat and watch the world go by from your deck chair. If it’s night-time fun you’re looking for, Carnival Spirit has more than 6 bars and lounges to choose from featuring all kinds of games, shows and entertainment that’ll take you into the early hours!


  • Complimentary, multi-course breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room plus additional included options in the Lido Restaurant, Guy’s Burger Joint, Pizza Pirate, Blue Iguana Cantina, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ plus more!


  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Pharaoh’s Palace Main Lounge


  • More than 6 bars and lounges including a Sports Bar with an energy-filled atmosphere, the Red Frog Rum Bar, Casino Bar, Piano Bar and the Blue Iguana Bar – the onboard spot to chill and enjoy a slushy tequila drink or an ice-cold Mexican cerveza


  • Three pools, two whirlpools, the famous Green Thunder water slide and a mini-golf course


  • Additional venues include the Punchliner Comedy Club, Spa Carnival, Serenity – an adults-only retreat plus much more


  • Rooms feature private facilities (shower, toilet and vanity), TV, writing desk and twin beds that can convert to a queen bed. Some rooms can accommodate up to four guests.


Maiden Voyage: 2001

Enhanced: 2012

Guest Capacity: 2,124

Decks: 12

Length: 294m / 964ft

Tonnage: 80,286 GT

*Some activities and dining options may incur an additional charge.
Please refer to the Carnival Cruise Lines website for additional information.
Pool area
Stage show
Multiple food venues

Positive Education in Action

 Sorry, this is event is SOLD OUT! 

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28 September 2019: Positive Education in Action

Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Spirit

28 September 2019 – 6 October 2019

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