Students taught value of wellbeing
Student wellbeing was in the spotlight at Karratha high schools last week when a national learning consultant spoke to students about looking after themselves as the foundation of success.
Experienced consultant Greg Mitchell paid a rare visit to the Pilbara to speak to about 900 students at Karratha Senior High School and 500 at St Luke’s College early last week.
He shared some wise words on seeing past apparent limits, trusting yourself and the importance of innovation to success in the modern world, while throwing in some interactive games and exercises.
The student wellbeing presentations were provided by the Karratha Education Initiative, which is funded by the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project.
Mr Mitchell said instilling students with a strong sense of their own wellbeing, and not just going along with what their friends did, was of great importance for school and life success.
“The main thing is that they get the point (that) success is not about winning or losing. Because you can be a winner and still not be a very nice person,” he said.
“We’ve got so many ... things that are limited by the culture. And the culture tells them, don’t be smart, keep your mouth shut.”
St Luke’s College principal Alanna Otway said staff got a lot out of working with Mr Mitchell on teaching strategies and knew his advice would also benefit students.
“Without student wellbeing, you’ve got nothing,” she said.
“Without a sense of belonging, students will not succeed at school.”
Mr Mitchell said he would like to return and do more work with the Karratha high schools.