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Published
27 October 2016

Positive move for St Catherine's

​Two important appointments have been announced by Dr Julie Townsend, Headmistress of St Catherine’s School, Waverley, for newly created roles in positive psychology and STEM learning. Ms Daisy Turnbull-Brown will become the Director of Positive Psychology and Mr Shaun Lambden has been made Director of STEM and Innovation.

Ms Turnbull-Brown will oversee the school's positive psychology program which underpins the innovative approach to pastoral care at St Catherine’s. Teaching students to use positive psychology in their day to day lives, at school and at home, enables them to build resilience by identifying and exploring their individual key strengths and attributes. 

As children enter adolescence, a positive self-image and an ability to ride the highs and lows of teenage life are the hallmarks of a well-balanced future. It is a gentle but highly effective approach which frees a young mind to enjoy the challenge of learning and can unlock the door to creativity. An ability to ‘think outside the box’ and to problem-solve is more and more a prerequisite for effective management and successful interactions at work.

Mr Shaun Lambden’s role as Director of STEM and Innovation at St Catherine’s will oversee a whole-school approach to STEM literacy and enrichment at the school. Developing a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) culture, especially for girls, again builds a creative and enquiring mindset vital for engagement with a workforce constantly calling for innovation. This new role at St Catherine’s will guide the school’s approach to STEM learning and ensure it is integrated and impactful.​