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  1. Rosalie Reiri says:

    Tēnā koe Ara i ēnei kupu āu, thank you for choosing to write on Wellbeing. Thank you for knowledge, work and expertise in this space. It is a topic that is well overlooked, felt deeply but not always talked about. Not sure if you watched the documentary last night on the NZ’s teacher strike taking place next week but this build up of not looking at wellbeing as a priority has definitely bought us here to a crisis of burnout, breakdowns and sickness. The stats of 87% of teachers who use no strategies to deal with stress is a scary picture indeed. Let’s keep talking about wellbeing and different forms of what this looks like culturally.
    ngā mihi

  2. Ara Simmons says:

    Kia ora Rosalie, many thanks for taking the time to comment. I have not yet seen the documentary. What makes me hopeful is that there has become a pronounced increase and awareness in schools around their staff wellbeing which in many ways is in thanks to the increased awareness in the public domain. A movement towards taking mental health/ wellbeing more seriously; so much so that it is now a national concern and there will be a wellbeing budget.
    When having wellbeing conversations with schools the question I often ask is what do you have control over in being able to support staff wellbeing? Minimising the number of weekly meetings teachers attend; reducing professional learning commitments; sharpening up communications policies; so that staff aren’t inundated with emails; streamlining planning are just some of the suggestions that schools come up with and also enact.
    Thinking about what we can control is a useful strategy when we find ourselves having to navigate in spaces that are difficult and challenging.
    I celebrate the growing number of schools out there who are really investing in the wellbeing of their staff and tāmarki beyond the tokenist words and genuinely acting on their words. Let’s keep talking. Ngā mihi Ara

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