Navigating school hauora: why, what and how?


About the seminar

Improving wellbeing in an educational setting is associated with stronger social and emotional skills, fewer signs of depression and increased levels of self-regulation. These are just some of the benefits on offer for our students. Hauora is a collective endeavour that can impact the wellbeing of staff, students, whānau and the diverse communities that many of our schools are part of.

This CORE Breakfast seminar will:

  • Investigate the case for a systematic hauora approach in schools
  • Give an introduction to the science of wellbeing and Positive Education
  • Consider diversity as part of the conversation
  • Provide an overview of some current wellbeing frameworks.

Who is this seminar for?

This session will be of interest to school leaders, Lead Principals of Kāhui Ako, Across School Leads, Within School Leads, wellbeing leads and teams, teachers across all levels and RTLB’s.

About the workshop

The optional workshop will provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the key themes introduced in the seminar. Those who wish to benefit from a collaborative opportunity to explore these ideas and apply them in their own context will find it particularly useful. We highly recommend attendance by more than one person from your context in order to work collaboratively on an action plan.

By the end of this workshop participants will:

  • explore their own school context through a strength-based model of inquiry
  • have a framework for completing a wellbeing audit at their own school
  • leave with a plan of action.

Meet the presenter

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Ara Simmons

Ara Simmons is an Accredited Facilitator, Positive Psychology practitioner and certified Positive Psychology based coach at CORE Education. Ara works alongside schools, supporting a whole school systems approach to both culture and wellbeing, including staff, tamariki, rangitahi, whānau and community. This emcompasses strategic planning for delivering wellbeing, coaching, growing wellbeing teams within schools and supporting the design of wellbeing initiatives.


Te Tuhi Arts Centre - Auckland

13 Reeves Road

Parking information

There is free parking at the venue.