Saint Michael’s College primary campus
St Michael’s College is a Catholic School committed to the Lasallian vision of education and to challenging and supporting students to “be the best they can be”.
The Flinders University research team are investigating the highly successful and long-term environmental sustainability program at St Michael’s Primary School. St Michael’s environmental sustainability program began in 2011 with the establishment of the kitchen garden program. From there, the focus on environmental sustainability has grown considerably. St Michael’s has joined the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, developed wetlands, appointed a part-time Sustainability Officer, implemented waste management systems and have begun developing nature play areas amongst other initiatives.
Principals Australia Institute
Principals Australia Institute (PAI) is a leading national services organisation providing quality professional learning, leadership development and principal certification to Australia’s school leaders.
PAI are collaborating with the research team to explore the factors that lead to social and emotional health and wellbeing programs being sustained in schools across Australia.
Since 1884, Wilderness School has prepared girls to be adventurous, courageous, responsible and respectful learners and leaders. The mission of Wilderness School is to enable each girl to be the best she can be throughout her life.
With a strong focus on the ‘whole’ girl, Wilderness has embedded a wellbeing/positive education framework and curriculum so that each girl can flourish by being taught the necessary skills to live a life of purpose, fulfilment and meaning. This focus underpins the belief that the wellbeing of each girl is vital for her personal and academic success. Wilderness has applied a research-based approach to wellbeing across the school to empower girls with the necessary tools to flourish and has appointed a Director of Wellbeing & Counselling to enact this strategic intent.
Flinders University researchers are investigating how the school’s enduring focus on the wellbeing of its students has been sustained over time and examining how Wilderness has translated this focus into adaptable programs and initiatives that respond to the changing needs of students. The ability of Wilderness to embed wellbeing and positive education principles into the culture of the school and its curriculum is a core focus of the research.
YWCA Adelaide work to build strong and equitable communities through the development of women’s leadership. As part of their core mission, YWCA run several high-quality educational programs that aim to enhance gender equality and teach healthy relationships skills to help prevent violence against women. These programs include: Rise Above the Pack, a bystander intervention program delivered to men and women in workplaces and community settings; Respect Communicate and Choose, delivered to young people between 9-12 years old; and Relationship Things, delivered to high school students.
YWCA are collaborating with Flinders University researchers to examine the factors that enable preventative education programs in the area of domestic violence to be sustained over the long term.
The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (AMLR NRM) Board works together with the community, industry and three tiers of government to manage the environment in a way that achieves a balance between our collective need for resources and the needs of the environment. AMLR NRM Board’s Education program uses a whole-school approach to work with school and preschool communities to plan and manage ongoing sustainability initiatives. The team at NRM Education are collaborating with Flinders University researchers to explore how schools can sustain their engagement with and application of principles and practices of environmental sustainability.