The Mahi: Cultural Responsiveness in Schools — with Nathan Riki

Q: How can schools reflect the bicultural nature of Aotearoa? In this interview, Nathan and Denise discuss strategies, ideas and ways to ensure Māori students in our schools feel they belong in an education system based of Eurocentric values. The Treaty of Waitangi guarantees participation, protection and partnership for Māori in all important areas of…

Exploring different wellbeing models

Writing the Rāroa Staff Wellbeing Book — with Stephen Eames

How will your school encourage educators to explore and invest in their own wellbeing? In this interview (which follows Stephen’s earlier interview Exploring Different Wellbeing Models), Stephen and Denise discuss the use of Inquiry and Design Thinking as tools to help explore and implement wellbeing in a school setting, specifically for staff. Learn how creative…

Exploring Different Wellbeing Models — with Stephen Eames

Why does educator wellbeing matter for students? In this interview, Stephen and Denise discuss his staff’s wellbeing journey where they explored the underpinnings of wellbeing and adapting wellbeing models to their school context. Rāroa School wanted a model that was easily understood by the community and reflected the school’s values. Learn how Rāroa gave their…

Menfit in the classroom with Adrienne Buckingham NZIWR

Mental Fitness in the Classroom — with Adrienne Buckingham

In this interview, Denise and Adrienne discuss the Mental Fitness Program Adrienne designed and taught to Year 10 boys in Dunedin, NZ. The language of mental fitness is used to appeal to teenage boys and echoes the familiar language of physical fitness. Students found MenFit a practical, collaborative and fun course which helped improve their…