College – Issue 40

HEALTH & WELLBEING The Centre for Wellbeing & Positive Education

The Centre for Wellbeing & Positive Education focuses on ensuring wellbeing is ingrained in the daily life of the College community.

Our 2021 wellbeing programmes build on our unique model, created in 2018. This binds together perspectives of Hauora from bicultural, Christian and positive psychology foundations. The programme is based on an effective practice – embedding mental skills and wellbeing competencies into the culture of the school through a three- tiered approach to health promotion – students, teachers, parents and whole school intervention. Enhancing the wellbeing of the school community and supporting our students to flourish are integral to proactive and preventive intervention and education.

• This level of intervention also includes supporting staff to develop an awareness of their own wellbeing and promote effective modelling of areas of focus – for example, mindfulness, character strengths and growth mindset. • Parents – Parent education and information sessions are offered across the year by the wellbeing team. The intention is to provide an understanding of adolescent development and issues that affect the mental health and wellbeing of students. • Within our ever-changing world, we need to teach the skills to enhance adaptability and resilience while building positive and meaningful relationships. Whole school service allows for a systemic approach to wellbeing. • We support young men to leave College with academic skills and the strength and character to adapt to a new world, and we aim to support and guide each boy to be at his best.

The three-tiered approach includes:

The Centre provides a preventive approach to wellbeing by instilling the four cornerstones of health and wellbeing, Hauora, into the fabric of school life and our community. The cornerstones of Hauora are Physical Wellbeing (Taha Tinana), Social Wellbeing (Tana Wha¯ nau), Mental and Emotional Wellbeing (Taha Hinengaro) and Spiritual Wellbeing (Taha Wairua). They inform and guide the holistic pastoral care model at Christ’s College, with its focus on teaching and embedding wellbeing, which supports students, staff and parents to develop the requisite skills, competencies and character attributes to allow them to flourish. In 2021, the Directors of Wellbeing & Positive Education are John Quinn, Dr Sarah Anticich and Emily Baird (on maternity leave). The Centre’s counsellors are Kirsty Robinson and Riki Clark.

• Students – Counsellors Riki Clarke and Kirsty Robinson are integral members of the wellbeing team. Riki and Kirsty work closely with Housemasters, parents and students to provide supportive therapeutic intervention to assist those students who are struggling, or who would like assistance to flourish. This service is easily accessible to students via a booking button on Schoolbox and is available for all students. • Teachers – A significant part of the work of our wellbeing team is to indirectly meet the needs of students by advising or consulting with teachers, Housemasters and non-teaching staff to provide professional development education, advice and information about general mental health and other psychological issues that affect students.

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