School Uses New Program To Monitor Student Wellbeing

Student First Aid - School Uses New Program To Monitor Student Wellbeing

St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School is using a new online program to help improve the wellbeing of Year 8 students at its Warragul campus.

The Weekly Times reported the program, Smartabase, was designed to monitor athletes’ performance data and is used by professional sporting clubs worldwide, including some AFL clubs and the Australian Institute of Sport.

St Paul’s deputy principal Donna Sweeney said the software’s reporting would enable staff to help students who were struggling.

She said Year 8 could be a stressful time for students learning to manage themselves in areas such as organisational skills, workload, extra curricular activities and time management.

‘The use of this software allows our teachers to be proactive if there are any particular issues that students are facing,’ Ms Sweeney said.

The program will enable staff to get feedback from students who otherwise may not be comfortable talking about their concerns.

Year 8 students log in to the program once a week to answer questions about their workloads, stress, sleep and peer connectedness.

Staff then uses this information to monitor how each student is tracking socially, emotionally and mentally.

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