Jamie Cameron – Wellbeing Director
It is widely accepted that positive wellbeing is crucial to student success and there are numerous factors to consider as we promote wellbeing at the College. This includes reviewing literature on best practice nationally and internationally; and gathering data on the specific needs of our own students.
Last term, students completed the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection survey to measure wellbeing and engagement in the Middle and Senior School. This is the first year the survey has been offered in Years 10-12 and will build upon the understanding collated for Years 7-9.
The survey results increase our understanding of each cohort at the College and allow us to identify trends. For example, comparisons over time and between year levels or gender. There are analyses with students across South Australia and their key wellbeing and engagement issues in terms of trends over time.
As we await the results from this year, we know that the 2018 data outlines a marked difference in the wellbeing of Cornerstone students in the four variants of bullying when compared to all South Australian students.
It suggests the College has achieved some success in combatting bullying. This may be due to our extensive Restorative Practices approach or certain policies, such as the removal of phones from Middle School students at the start of each day.
Of note is that 86% of Cornerstone students in 2018 report high wellbeing when surveyed about cyberbullying, compared with the state average of 78%.
Yet there is always more to do. Student wellbeing is an ongoing venture in which we are all stakeholders – parents, educators, the students themselves and the wider community.
It is our aim that our young people can learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning effectively.