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Well-being is the experience of health,happiness and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and ability to manage stress. This is aligned with Te Whare Tapa Whā model which was developed by leading Māori health advocate Sir Mason Durie in 1984.

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According to Ministry of Education (2021) having access to quality education, health and social services, housing and food, as well as feeling loved, safe and secure within your whānau, family and community are all essential to the wellbeing of every child and young person in Aotearoa.


CoP has taken a wide definition of well-being in order to be responsive to school needs.  We include teacher and student mental and emotional health and literacy, resilience skills and strategies.  “The Well-being CoP aims to incorporate many of the elements of Hauora."


Hauora - Wikipedia

Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health and well-being unique to New Zealand.. It helps schools be educated and prepared for what students are about to face in life. [citation needed]There are four dimensions of hauora: taha tinana (physical well-being – health), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being – self-confidence), taha whanau (social well-being – self-esteem) and taha ...

Goals For Wellbeing COP 2021

1. Develop survey to ascertain needs and interventions targeting Anxiety and Trauma already in place in schools, data collated and used for development and planning.

2. Information and training on selected programmes and learning provided to RTLB for use within cluster schools identified.

3. Develop and share EBP Assessment Tools, interventions and digital resources so RTLB can use to enhance RTLB practice with a specific Well-Being - Anxiety and Trauma focus.

4. Share with cluster school relevant and effective strategies and programmes for Trauma and Anxiety.


Survey Results at a glance

IN April , 2021, the wellbeing CoP team had sent a survey to all the cluster schools. The survey was about how the schools dealt with the wellbeing of staff and students during the COVID- 19 Lockdown in 2020. The result of the survey is given below.

Survey Results


Question 1: What support/programmes already in place?


  • URF funding- But money runs out

  • Worked with whanau by phone, zoom or in person


  • Counsellors, SWIS, LSC

  • PACT (outside agency)

  • Mindfulness and Prayers

  • Social Stories

  • BIG LIFE programme

  • Whare Tapa wha

  • School pastoral team

  • Food Parcels

  • Financial help for the families

  • Access to learning devices

  • Mentoring groups for vulnerable boys

  • SECOND STEP programme

  • Social Emotional Regulation

  • YOUNG FORRESTER’’S Programme

  • Tai CHI


Question 2: What Worked well?


  • Individual support with Whanau

  • Building relationships

  • Families coming to school without hesitation (OPEN DOOR POLICY)

  • Collaborative approach among staff.

  • Counsellors

  • Maintaining routines/ normality

  • Resourcing the physical needs such as, uniform, food, stationery

  •  Students are informed of the help they can get.

  • Mindfulness programme

  • Created space for students so that they feel safe.

  • Outside facilitators

  • Increased support from SENCo/ Health services


Question 3: What support the school need?


  • Well being programme for teachers/students

  • Drumming


  • Increased counselling hours



  • Fulltime counsellor.

  • PLD around anxiety and trauma

  • Strategies to use.

  • SPECIALIST clinician (Papatoetoe counselling centre) to work individuals.

  • Permanent quite breakout space for children anxiety.

  • GEMS Programme.

  • Supporting Whanau.

  • Upskilling staff


  • Counsellor to run programmes in school

  • Transition support

  • Building resilience and whanau


General Comments

Generally, schools need further support in helping students to deal with trauma.

Action Plan from Survey

  • Provide PLD for Schools and RTLBs

  • Criteria for wellbeing referrals was created.

  • PLD with Brooke Trenwith - The file is uploaded in the RTLB all- COP 2021

  • PLD with Cat Levine

  • RTLB resources on Well-being - The file is uploaded in the RTLB all- COP 2021

  • Videos

  • Twersky’s video on stress.

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Winnie the Pooh Quotes

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