On Thursday 7th March, the in-school leaders, across-school leaders and principals of the schools involved in the wellbeing initiative met with one another to make connections and discuss the ‘why’ around wellbeing. The meeting was a great success and the level of enthusiasm brought by those involved was great to see. As we worked through a few team building activities and discussions, we were able to identify several motivating reasons to explore wellbeing as well as establish an idea of what could be achieved by the end of the year.
Though the wellbeing initiative is the ‘new kid on the block’, we’re all very excited about what has already happened and what is in store this year for Auckland Normal Intermediate, Kohia Terrace School, Epsom Normal Primary, Meadowbank School, Maungawhau and Remuera Primary Schools. Across the six schools involved in this initiative, we have two focused on student wellbeing, one on staff wellbeing and three interested in both.
So far this year the across school leaders have surveyed the principals from the involved schools to ascertain focuses and current data on wellbeing, met with schools’ in-school leaders and senior leadership teams to discuss focus and data, and had our initial meeting with the schools involved in our initiative.
As we move forward this year we plan to identify what is currently being done in schools, and build upon these practises, while exploring how this could be achieved in the most effective and impactful way. Some ideas of how this might be done centres around investing in practices and environments that enhance learning outcomes as this will ensure that the experiences, voices and visions of those involved are realised.
We’re looking forward to sharing and discussing the wonderful work that’s been done to support our student and staff wellbeing.