We were delighted to welcome coach and positive psychology guru Clive Leach to BVIS on Tuesday.
I first met Clive in May when he spent a day with the BIS Group senior leaders. So inspired were we by what we heard and experienced, we asked him over to Vietnam again to work with some of the young people here at BVIS and our friends at BIS. He spent a day working with students from years 12 and 13 on developing resilience, mental strength, mindfulness, coaching skills and what it takes to truly flourish in an ever-changing world.
In our increasingly busy lives, how do we take the time to identify our character strengths and reflect on what it is that makes us who we are? Through discussion, video, written tasks and even meditation, Mr Leach showed the sixth form ways in which they could fully unleash their potential.
Ivy, from year 12, had this to say:
“Clive Leach radiated enthusiasm right from the very first moment I saw him standing at the front with a very gentle bright smile and this made me felt at ease despite the fact that he had not even started the session yet.
As I expected, he was energetic and full of passion for what he was doing; he helped us to build our capacity to flourish by changing our daily habits little by little every day. At first, I thought the ideas were going to be presented in a theoretical way that would bore us to death – but I was wrong. He approached the problems using examples from our daily life which were very easy for us students to understand and put into practice. For example, he recommended that the boys spend one or two extra hours twice a week studying instead of playing computer games. When the exam was near they would have for themselves about 40 extra hours of studying and that would actually be important.
Lastly, the character survey’s results came as a surprise to not only me but also others. We discovered the strengths and weaknesses that we never thought we had. I loved the way how everyone in my year group participated in the activity where they asked for each other’s characteristics and came up with a way of how to improve them or minimise their weaknesses. I felt thankful for today since it was beneficial not only for me but it created an invisible connection between people. I hope we, years 12 and 13 can have many more sessions and activities like this in order to discover our true selves and save some knowledge that can follow us until we grow old.
Nguyen Gia Thuy (Ivy), Year 12”
In the evening, despite the torrential rain, over 30 parents came along to listen to Clive talk about some of these same issues. As he put it: if we are to help our children then first we need to help ourselves.
So with the school community starting to embrace the science of coaching and mindfulness, we look forward to seeing our young people achieve even more highly.
If you were unable to make it on Tuesday evening, or were there and wish to see Clive’s presentation again, it is available here:
BVIS Parents Trans Mental Toughness Sept 2015
It was a huge opportunity for our sixth form students (including both year 12 and year 13) to have the chance to engage in Clive Leach’s extraordinary “positive psychology“ and encouraging speeches – which I think had a really propitious impact on me and almost all of my friends.
Postcard from Vietnam: Clive Leach
Name: Clive Leach
From: London, England
Work: a coach in many sectors such as government, education and organization sectors.
Why Vietnam: share ideas with our school in the field of positive education, combining achievement and well-being.
1st impression: fun, great, students were good: talkative and funny.
5 words: colorful, warm, tasty, friendly and potential.
o Clive Leach
Thank you for this lovely write up of my time with you all at BVIS! I had an amazing day and it was a privilege to work with such open and engaging students and the parents and teachers who support them. Thanks to everyone for all their help and for making me feel so welcome in your community and may you all continue to flourish! Clive
Thank you, Clive. It’s our pleasure. We look forward to welcoming to again at BVIS.