St Peter’s School, Cambridge leading the way in school wellbeing
St Peter’s, Cambridge is excited to lead the education sector in health and wellbeing with the introduction of new services at the school.
Dr. Micheal Brown has been appointed as the Director of Wellbeing. He is the first person in New Zealand to hold this full-time position in a school.
Micheal will lead the newly developed Wellbeing Services Team which consists of a wellness consultant, two school counsellors, a nurse practice manager, and two other nurses with school nursing experience.
Micheal will build student-led initiatives which support wellbeing as well as guide and counsel students and staff. He will improve the availability and effectiveness of mental health services, wellness promotion, and build capacity in students.
His career in health and education spans 20 years. He has significant experience working with families who have a diverse range of needs and has a proven track record in working with youth and their wellbeing.
Associate Principal Julie Small said schools have a critical role in supporting students to make healthy choices. There is a strong link between health and wellbeing and positive academic performance.
“Wellbeing underpins our way of being. When students are happy and safe, they learn well,” she said.
The Wellbeing Curriculum was introduced to St Peter’s at the beginning of 2018. As part of this, the students have learned growth mindset tools to assist their own and others’ wellbeing.
“By developing awareness of their own inner critic, something we all have, they can then learn how to manage this and choose to positively re-frame and focus on their strength,” said Ms Small.
Students have also learned about leadership, explored and reflected on personal character traits and strengths, set goals and achieved them, overcome obstacles, and built emotional intelligence and resilience.