Wellbeing

Policy

  • Sparklers

    Post-quake wellbeing initiative expands to schools across NZ

    *Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the All Right? initiative was established by the Canterbury District Health Board and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand to support on the psychosocial recovery of Cantabrians. But now All Right? has expanded to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of young people throughout New Zealand with the launch of a new wellbeing resource.*

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    The power of the b-word: knowing when to use it and how to deal with it

    With Bullying-Free NZ Week happening this week, JUDE BARBACK suggests we need  to make sure our children understand what constitutes bullying and how to deal with it.

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    Stressed out principals

    A survey of primary school principals and deputies has uncovered high levels of stress, burnout, excessive workloads and a lack of professional support from the Ministry of Education and school boards. NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart has described the situation as "not sustainable".

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    Opinion - hazing: the underbelly of an otherwise excellent education

    My husband attended a prestigious boys’ boarding school in England. I attended a co-ed secondary state school in the Waikato. It is no perhaps no surprise we have fairly different views on “hazing”, the practice whereby older students administer punishments or ritualised initiation challenges for younger students.

June 2017

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    The "Kardashian effect": in defence of single-gender education

    In New Zealand, single-gender education is a choice parents can make – not a common scenario in comparable state education systems. As the debate continues to burn in the US, JAYLAN BOYLE talks to two principals of single-gender schools about why they believe their school environment is a force for good – both cite reasons that might not be immediately obvious. 

April 2017

February 2017

February 2016

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    The Great Outdoors

    The physical environment plays an important role in children’s education and in shaping their development. Here, US teacher and Fulbright scholar LAUREN ZAPPONE MAPLES congratulates New Zealand for providing students with well-supported outdoor education opportunities.

October 2014

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    Achieving a work-life-study balance

    DR CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN discusses how a supported distance teaching and learning model can help ensure student success in a time poor environment.

March 2014

December 2013

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    Boys behaving badly?

    This year, the annual ‘undie run’ at Tauranga Boys’ College took an ugly turn, prompting a letter bemoaning the recent bad behaviour of boys in general. Principal Robert Mangan’s response below gives an insight into the complex and multi-faceted process of turning boys into fine young men.

November 2013

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    Surrender and retain

    The new Education Amendment Act will allow teachers to search and seize student devices in order to hold perpetrators of cyber bullying to account, but student privacy issues prove to be a sticky issue. By JUDE BARBACK.

July 2013

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    The big wide world – but at what cost?

    Concerns over health and safety, increasing inequality between and within schools, financial pressure on parents, and difficulty with fundraising all create hurdles for the overseas school trip. However, many schools believe these obstacles should not stand in the way of offering their students the chance to experience the world.

January 2013

October 2012

  • Outrage over student allowance changes

    The Government’s intention to remove eligibility for student allowances for postgraduate students has sparked an uproar among postgraduate students across New Zealand.

September 2012

  • Real victims of education politics

    Teaching can be a stressful occupation, made more stressful by intense political scrutiny and change. JUDE BARBACK looks at the causes, consequences, and coping strategies of teacher stress.

February 2012

June 2010

  • Safety in the city

    An international student safety DVD was launched recently by the Auckland City Council.

March 2010

March 2011