Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey was delighted to showcase initiatives developed by Kaiapoi Borough School to ensure the wellbeing of students to Minister of Health Hon Jonathan Coleman today.
The school has developed several initiatives, including an arts-based programme, on-site counsellor and pastoral care, to provide wrap-around support for students dealing with anxiety and stress.
“The initiatives developed by Kaiapoi Borough School to help ensure the wellbeing of students are a great example of communities finding solutions locally. When I met with Principal Murray Overton as a new MP, it was at a time when the school was looking for further funding to extend their arts-based programme and on-site services of the school counsellor. The initiatives were bearing fruit and I was glad to be able to write a letter of support for funding to extend those programmes.
“To hear that around 30 to 40 students are currently being helped by the different agencies involved in the several initiatives to ensure students’ wellbeing is evidence that students are being reached through this wrap-around approach. I was interested to hear that a few years ago, numbers would have been around three to four students. Research that has just been released now shows that years three to seven are the most important for psychological and social recovery. But it’s not just the earthquake events. Anxiety, difficulty in making friendships and adjusting to blended families are impacting on our children’s learning. This greater interface between health and education can improve not only students’ learning but will help them reach their future potential,” Doocey said.