Student Life & Learning
Positive Education & Wellbeing
Positive Education at the Rāroa Normal Intermediate is a learning community wellbeing program based on positive psychology. Positive psychology is a science of positive aspects of human life, such as happiness, well-being and flourishing.
It can be summarised in the words of its founder, Martin Seligman – ‘scientific study of optimal human functioning [that] aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive’.
Through an extensive professional development process, Rāroa has developed a wellbeing framework to guide and enable teachers and students to develop strategies to deal with the stresses of life. Through teacher understanding, modeling of positive wellbeing approaches, and deliberate acts of teaching of wellbeing, our whole learning community can flourish.
Rāroa Wellbeing Model
The Rāroa wellbeing model will provide a framework which will enable individuals to: Realise their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and be able to make a positive contribution to the Rāroa learning community.
ACTIVELY INVOLVEDWHAI WĀHI
Health and activityMake healthy decisions.
Healthy life satisfaction, ensure you are making time to enjoy your passion/s.
Be active. Have a healthy body and mind
Enjoy active engagement with others.
SKILFUL AND INQUISITIVE THINKINGMŌHIO
Learning and engagementTake time to learn new things.
Have an active brain. Ask questions, be curious.
Have pride in your successes
Collaborate and find opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge across different networks.
Meaning and purpose
Reflect on why you teach and work at Rāroa.
Take risks, try new things and learn from your experience.
Spend time on what really matters to you and your students.
Encourage and support others.
Celebrate success, personally and professionally.
Taking responsibility for our own wellbeing
Take steps to improve your own wellbeing.
Understand the impact you have on others.
Understand the power of influence.
Be proactive in supporting others.
Show interest in those around you.
Connect personally. Kia ora, good morning, hi
Make an effort to interact with others.
Appreciate and celebrate diversity.
Be grateful, appreciate those around you and the things they do.
Fun, joy and positivity
Recognise the people you enjoy.
Laugh and encourage fun.
Enjoy and contribute your strengths and passions.
Reflect on achievement and embrace the positive.
Be optimistic and find joy.