8 – 9 April 2019

Gillian Towle

We're all in this together.

Focus: Staff Wellbeing

Staff Wellbeing

Martin Seligman has said that the wellbeing of children is tightly bound to the wellbeing of teachers. When the mental health of teachers improves, so too does the wellness and academic performance of students. We're all in this together- staff, students, support staff, whanau- the whole community. 

Nurses, counsellors, social workers, doctors and teachers are in the top 10 professions for burnout and we know what they all have in common. As it says on the Mind Tools website, "What's so poignant about burnout is that it mainly strikes people who are highly committed and devoted to their work. You can only burnout if you have been alight in the first place." Optimistic, approachable educators who are not burntout, who have both physical and mental fitness play a crucial role in nurturing healthy students and schools. With this in mind I founded the inaugural Craighead Staff Wellbeing Committee, taking a long-term approach to building upon what we were already doing well and ensuring it is continued into the future.

My Abstract Submission will outline the journey this year from putting a toe in the water to having more staff now climbing in the boat. We are looking toward including the strengths-based approach which I hope will be school-wide. I am passionate about teacher wellbeing for the sake of everyone and know that He waka eke noa – we are all in the same boat.

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