Optimism is about thinking positively and expecting the best out of life’s experiences. The wellbeing and engagement collection (WEC) is an annual survey conducted by the Department for Education that asks students about how optimistic they feel about life.
In 2019, 85% of all Year 4 to Year 10 students reported feeling optimistic about life (up from 67% in 2016). The proportion of Aboriginal students who reported feeling optimistic was 81% and the proportion of students with disability who reported feeling optimistic was also 81%. More Year 4 students reported feeling optimistic (89%) compared to Year 10 students (81%).
In regional/remote South Australia, the region with the highest proportion of Year 4 to Year 10 students who reported feeling optimistic was the Limestone Coast (87%). In metropolitan Adelaide, the regions with the highest proportions were Unley and Prospect-Walkerville (both 92%).
Caring and supportive adults at school
Children and young people benefit from care and support from adults in their home, school and community. These relationships help them to develop resilience, avoid risky behaviours and prepare for adulthood. In 2018, 64% of year 4 to year 10 students in South Australia reported having an important adult at school, an increase from 2016 (48%).
Aboriginal students and students with disability (both 70%) were more likely to report having an important adult at school.
In metropolitan Adelaide, the region with the highest proportion of year 4 to year 10 students who reported having an important adult at school is Campbelltown (68%). In regional/remote South Australia, the Outback – North and East regions had the highest proportion (72%).
More wellbeing snapshots
- Children enrolled in a pre-school program
- Aboriginal children in pre-school
- Sport outside school
- Children and young people participating in creative activities
- Specialist homelessness services
- Language spoken at home