Hauora  / Wellbeing

Hauora / Wellbeing

The World Health Organisation describes mental wellbeing as a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

In Aotearoa New Zealand we recognise Maori models of Hauora -  Wellbeing, which encompassed in the  the Taha tinana - physical, Taha whānau - family health, Taha hinengaro - mental and emotional, social, and Taha wairua - spiritual dimensions of health.”

We believe there is a strong connection to children’s wellbeing, and their academic/curriculum achievement. Children with a strong sense of personal wellbeing are likely to be more successful in their learning, progress and in their lives.

Our We CARE philosophy is a great example of this. In the last couple of years Wellbeing has become more of a focus for our staff professional learning.

Te Whare Tapa Whā was developed by leading Māori health advocate Sir Mason Durie in 1984. The model describes health and wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls.

These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.

When all these things are in balance, we thrive. When one or more of these is out of balance our wellbeing is impacted.

6 Ways to Wellbeing

We have adopted a modified version of the NZ Mental Health Foundations - "5 Ways To Wellbeing" to make 'Creativity' more explicit. Research suggests that this is one crucial addition for the Wellbeing of Children.

Our 6 Ways To Wellbeing guide our planning to support the wellbeing of out students.

M3 Mindfulness For Children

We are very excited to share with our students a new resource. We have also purchased use of a series of videos promoting Wellbeing - “M3 Mindfulness For Children’. ‘M3’ stands for Mindfulness, Movement and Māori stories.

You can watch the introductory videos on the M3 site in the videos section.

The founder of M3 Jase Te Patu shares a bit about his journey in a very powerful and moving Ted Talk linked here. Please be aware that we would recommend that this Ted Talk viewed by parents first, to decide if you wish to show it to your children

Active Bodies Active Minds

Kelly Club, Kelly Sports and Nathan Wallis have created his in-class resource to help schools educate kids on the inner workings of the brain and how important it is to have balance in life! Some of our students got involved by asking their questions about the brain. Your children might find these interesting to watch in the holidays.

Look out for Cole, Tyla, Sonalee and Matthew from Rm 6 asking questions in the videos!