Stu­dents taught value of well­be­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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