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.