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Mar 15, 2020

On Monday 9th March, many parents gathered in our school library to listen to Adrienne Buckingham from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. The focus was Practical Strategies to Protect & Promote Wellbeing in Your Whānau. Adrienne has been a teacher for 15 years and has a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing from the Langley Group Institute in Australia and is the developer of MenFit, a classroom program for 14 year old boys, demonstrated to improve wellbeing. Adrienne said, “We know there’s no point in schools taking wellbeing seriously if their whānau and wider community don’t understand the need. We also know that every school is different and that considering context and culture is vital when it
comes to promoting wellbeing.” The one-hour session introduced the community to key scientific findings around wellbeing in a relatable way. She discussed what wellbeing means to you, strategies to promote personal and collective wellbeing and what wellbeing might mean for our particular community. Thank you to all the parents/whanau who attended. We realise that not all parents and whanau could attend, so we will make available Adrienne’s valuable and helpful slides on our website next week.

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