One of our core values is Resilience, the mental or psychological skill to properly adapt to stress and adversity. In doing this we each draw upon the best in ourselves and those around us.

Building resilience involves creating the three things every parent wants for their child, every teacher wants for their students, and every community wants for its young people.

This is for children and teens to have safe, happy and fulfilling lives.

The more resilience our students have the more likely they will be to have a safe, happy and fulfilling life.

The four interconnected strengths that make up the Safe Pathway are:

Empowerment: high levels of empowerment suggest that a young person feels safe across many contexts in their life, including safe from bullying and cyber bullying, and valued and respected by others.
Belonging: high levels of belonging are associated with lower involvement in a wide range of risk behaviours and significantly increased thriving.
Boundaries and Expectations: Clear boundaries and high expectations are strongly and consistently related to a variety of positive youth outcomes, particularly higher academic achievement.
Adult Support: high levels of adult support, where at least one adult or caring parent loves and cares for you and listens to you, are associated with lower risk behaviours and higher academic achievement.

The four key elements of our Happy Pathway are:

Positive relationships: Happiness is created when you do things that are meaningful and are helpful to and valued by others;
Hopefulness: The ability to plan good things in the future, and the ability to make them happen;
Healthy Minds: The ability to manage worry and stress and remain confident;
Healthy Body: To sleep well, eat well, exercise and stay away from unhealthy substances.

The Fulfilling Pathway comprises the following areas:

Educational Engagement: This covers both the motivation and rewards related to learning, and active engagement in learning;
Social Skills: These are the abilities that young people need to interact with others in their world, such as navigating cultural differences, building friendships, and resolving conflicts peacefully.
Positive Identity: Reflects a young person’s emerging identity, and includes self-esteem, optimism, and a growing sense of purpose in life
Positive Values: developing and deepening personal values is a crucial aspect of a young person’s development, and eventually become deep commitments that guide how they think and act.

Each of these elements is an opportunity to build and enhance resilience.

Earlier this year, students in the school from Year 5 to Year 12 completed a series of surveys developed and administered by Resilient Youth Australia. Renowned child and adolescent psychologist, Andrew Fuller is a director of Resilient Youth Australia. The City of Knox offers and assists schools in the municipality to undertake the surveys and our school results reported as group data only (no student is identified) come with the local area benchmarks.

Over the coming weeks, I will present the major findings.

In summary, while there are always areas in which we can work to be better, and I will mention some of these in the weeks to come, we have much to be proud of as a community. Your children, our students overwhelmingly:

Report they are engaged in their learning
Feel connected to their school.
Feel safe at school
Feel encouraged by their school

I wish to acknowledge and thank Andrew Fuller and Rob Malpeli for their work in the preparation of this material.