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Learning Opportunities to Enhance Student Wellbeing

By | August 25, 2016

This term we have a wealth of workshops and programmes available to support our students to develop resiliency. Life is a mix of high and low points, with challenges and disappointments encountered along the road to success.


Resiliency is about cultivating a ‘can-do’ attitude in the face of adversity and persevering through difficult times to reach planned goals. Skills such as perspective-taking, communicating clearly and effectively, managing stress, and investing in self-care, are all important to build and maintain resiliency.

We have been fortunate to have health educator and public speaker Edmond Otis run a series of workshops for our senior boarders, including topics such as ‘Make me resilient’, ‘Real stress management skills’, and ‘Making difficult conversations easier’. Edmond is a licensed psychotherapist who works with individual clients, athletes, sport teams, businesses and organisations in New Zealand and the United States, to increase resilience, improve performance, reduce stress and facilitate change.

Our Year 9 students will take part in a ‘HitIt’ session focusing on effective communication and perspective-taking skills. A group of Year 9 students will also be invited to take part in a resiliency-building workshop for eight weeks. We will also form a Year 7/8 group for those who would like to advance their social skills and emotional literacy.

These programmes have been sourced or developed to further enhance students’ wellbeing. Increasing positive mental health and wellbeing for our girls requires a proactive approach based on best practice that includes education, opportunities to apply new skills and ideas, and the availability of timely support to do so.

If you would like more information about any of the workshops, please phone me on 0220 80 69 50 or email me at kelly.fisher@woodford.school.nz. A reminder that I am available to students and families Mondays/Wednesdays 9.00am-2.30pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays 2.30pm-8.00pm.

Mrs Kelly Fisher, School Counsellor