Y13 WELL-BEING DAY | Wellington College


On Wednesday, 5 September, the Wellington College Y13 cohort participated in the inaugural Wellington College Well-Being Day.  This day has come about because of an increasing awareness that our young people are growing up in a rapidly changing and challenging world, and the capacity for some of them to navigate these challenges is fragile at best.  Our Wellbeing Day was designed to take a strengths-based approach to build each individual’s capacity to develop their physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being.  This approach is based upon the Whare Tapawha model illustrated below.


The day started with an inspirational Keynote address delivered by Judge Andrew Becroft, The Children’s Commissioner, who focused upon the key factors young men should focus upon when striving to become ‘good men of character’.  These factors included having a moral compass, surrounding yourself with good people and acting with integrity in all that we do.

From there, students then attended a series of elective workshops, focused upon topics that the students themselves had identified as being relevant for young people today.  These workshops ranged from Financial Wellbeing to Yoga, Preparing to be Independent to Dealing with Addiction.  The workshops were only made possible because of the generous support and expertise provided by our Workshop facilitators:

The gratitude we feel for the willingness of these presenters to give of their time to support our young men cannot be understated.

During the lunch break, students were also provided with the opportunity to plan for next year, and life after school, as we ran a Futures Focused Expo.  At this Expo, students were able to sign up for Student Job Search or IRD, engage with bank representatives, learn more about healthy eating, get tips on saving and investing, amongst other opportunities.

After the final round of workshops, the day concluded with Principal, Mr Gregor Fountain, stressing the importance of Oranga (wellbeing) as one of our key values here at Wellington College.  The boys were asked to reflect upon the takeaway messages they had from the day that they could look to implement in their day to day lives in the future.

A final expression of gratitude must go to the wider Wellington College community (staff, students and families) that have embraced this new initiative and have supported us to more actively support the wellbeing of our young men.  We hope that in the future conversations about wellbeing will become an everyday part of life at Wellington College and at home.

In the evening, we hosted an event that parents from all year levels were invited to attend. Dr Chris Bowden, a lecturer at Victoria University, spoke to a packed Brierley Theatre on 'Building Resiliency in Teenagers. Chris shared his wisdom from his many years of research on working with adolescents and gave many helpful hints to the parents on how to support their sons. We were thrilled that so many attended and as Chris said, it is a sign of a healthy College community that so many attended to gain information on how to guide their sons through the teenage years.