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Senior Wellbeing Programme

Emma Lumb —

We are nearing the end of our second block of modules in the Senior Wellbeing Programme, with students having made their selections for Block 3, which starts after Queen’s Birthday.

While it’s fair to say engagement is still low, numbers attending each week have been growing and the feedback from those students who have been participating is really positive. A big thank you to the teachers involved in the programme, and well done to those students who have been committed to getting to their sessions each week and on time!

As well as students noting the opportunities to connect with new people, it’s been great to hear of students taking up clubs and activities, both in and outside of school, after trying out different things in their modules. We have been really fortunate this block to have been able to engage Tahu Collier-Robinson to teach mau rākau, which is a form of Māori martial arts, as one of our modules.

The focus for many Year 12s in the next round of modules will be the toolkit module, which is an introduction to some evidence-based tools and strategies for being in a good space for life and study. This is a compulsory part of the wellbeing programme for Year 12s, so students who haven’t already done the module will be entered for it for the second half of the term. We have had some requests for students to be able to select two options – we can offer this at the moment, dependent on numbers in their chosen modules.

Module selection is open until midday Saturday via www.bit.ly/block3modules. Information on the various options is available from the college website: click here

Alongside the modules programme we are also wanting to find out how assessments in the senior school are affecting students, and see if we can find ways to help students manage their workload. After a false start this week, we will be surveying Year 11-13 students over the next couple of weeks to hear what they have to say.