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2 August 2019

posted 1 Aug 2019, 17:50 by Carolyn Brett
Wellbeing must be at the heart of education. 

At our school, we have been on this ‘journey’ for about 6 years now and are yet to 'arrive' as there is no end to our own learning and teaching.

When potential staff members are inquiring about positions at WBS, they become aware very quickly that this strong wellbeing focus is something they will need to embrace. They will need to learn, to try and live the best they can and then deliberately plan for and deliver in their teaching programmes. The other interesting thing is that when we have had staff leave us they have all been emphatic that it has been this focus that has made the biggest difference to them both professionally and personally. Indeed, it has been known to even keep people in Wellington for a few years longer than planned!

As a staff, we are all at different stages in our learning and living but I can say emphatically that in many years of leadership this focus on wellbeing is the thing that has made the biggest difference to our ‘culture’ hands down, no doubt in my mind whatsoever! In the recent holidays one of our teachers met with an education consultant who was keen to look around the school and learn more about what we do and how we manage to get all of our staff supporting each other so strongly with growing their practice, taking risks, being confident with mistake making..... and all of that 'good stuff'. The response from the teacher was simple - it's essentially our Positive Education philosophy.

We have recently contributed to a book being published internationally on Positive Education. This is exciting and I hope we make the final cut. The piece I wanted to focus on in terms of contributing to the book was staff wellbeing. If we aren’t learning about the science, understanding the research, practising and growing together, we really don’t have much of a chance at the teaching piece. That would be one of those ‘do what I say, not do what I do’ moments!

So, wellbeing needs to be:

Sought by our staff 
Taught explicitly in our programmes
And Caught by our children if we are trying our best to authentically live this work and be the role models we aspire to be.

I am pretty passionate about this!

We are very much looking forward to sharing some of our work at the Parent Workshop at 6.45pm on Wednesday 18 September.

Please diary!

Hope to see you using your Character Strengths of 'Appreciating Beauty and Excellence', 'Curiosity' and 'Love of Learning' at the Stargazing event on Tuesday!
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