Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing at Lake Joondalup Baptist College focusses on the balanced development of the whole child through both pastoral and academic care. An excellent pastoral care structure, quality relationships and sound academic care all contribute to our holistic approach. Our staff hold a genuine interest in the wellbeing of our students and are committed to supporting their continued development.

Student Wellbeing is an integral part of an environment where staff lead by example, students’ voices are valued, and where diversity and personal excellence are celebrated across a school community that champions the unique value of every individual.

Lake Joondalup Baptist College is committed to providing a child-safe environment which safe guards all students and is committed to promoting practices which provides for the safety, wellbeing and welfare of our children and young people .

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Primary Student Wellbeing

The Primary school has embarked on the development of a whole school well-being and safety curriculum. Classroom teachers teach positive behaviours and Social and Emotional Learning programs explicitly in classes. In addition, a number of afterschool clubs are offered to students. These include;

‘Seeds’, ‘Aussie Optimism’, ‘Friendology’, ‘Buz Leadership’ and ‘Kids with Courage”

LJ Awards are given at formal assemblies, our focus will be on the recognition and reinforcement of the core character values at Lake Joondalup Baptist College. Our aim is to continue to foster a positive school environment by focusing on demonstrating positive character traits. In class and during worship assemblies, students will have opportunities to hear about and discuss these core values, supporting a growth mindset and a positive community environment.

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Secondary Student Wellbeing

Lake Joondalup Baptist College is large enough to provide a wealth of opportunities, yet small enough for each individual student to be known, cared for and valued. Our Wellbeing Program is an integral part of an environment where staff lead by example, students’ voices are valued, and where diversity and personal excellence are celebrated across a school community that champions the unique value of every individual.

Our Dean of Students, together with six Heads of House head the program, which is implemented by a team of teachers. The Heads of House provide care, while the College Chaplains provide spiritual guidance, relationship support and encouragement for all students. Complex issues requiring more in-depth support and intervention, or issues that do not appear within the school context will generally be referred for external support.

Our Model of Wellbeing is adapted from the Positive Psychology Model developed by Martin Seligman. We use the acronym PERMAH- placing value on Positive emotions, Engaging with schooling, developing good Relationships, finding Meaning and the satisfaction of Attainment alongside the development of good Health. We work from a strengths approach, with a focus on Character Strengths to support student Wellbeing. Student care, wellbeing and an appreciation of the social, ethical and cultural influences that shape our lives, are supported by our wellbeing programs, which are designed to reflect the students’ needs at different stages of their development. From Year 7 to 12, our students are encouraged to identify and use their personal strengths and to understand and develop their own Character Strengths.

This model is visible through the importance we place on offering students a diverse range of activities and challenges. Our broad range of co-curricular options, extensive camps, community service, leadership and mentoring programs alongside our academic offering ensures students have the opportunity to be challenged and engaged in a Christian setting. We work with our students to help them set goals that are aspirational and provide them with the opportunity to use all their gifts to flourish and achieve their potential.

Year 7 and 8

With Year 7 being a major intake year for LJBC, we see students from neighbouring primary schools begin their Secondary school journey and work hard to ensure all students have a smooth transition.

In the Lower Secondary school, we focus on fostering independence and resilience in our Year 7 and 8 students, as well as a positive classroom culture.

Year 9

This is a time where students are more in charge of their learning, increased independence and developing a positive sense of identity. Year 9 is a pivotal year in the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood where The Rite Journey Program assists students in this transition. The five-day bush camp, challenges our students by taking them out of their comfort zones and allows them to appreciate nature, experience mindfulness and try out new things in a safe and supportive environment. Students in Year 9 are encouraged to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program

Year 10, 11 and 12

Year 10 embraces the start of their Senior Secondary years where students focus on their goals and career aspirations. Students are encouraged to serve others in the Community, allowing them to grow in character while further developing their problem-solving skills, and better understand their civic responsibility.

Socially students attend the Year 10 River Cruise, Year 11 Soiree or their Year 12 Ball and Valedictory Dinner, all of which are highlights of the year. The Wellbeing Days, co-curricular opportunities and presentations by guest speakers are times where students fill their social and emotional toolbox, with the tools required for them to flourish in wherever their giftings take them.