First ever Wellbeing / Hauora Day for St Mary’s



On Thursday the 2nd of February 2017 students had the opportunity to attend a variety of presentations and workshops with a focus on wellbeing (both mental and physical). A team of presenters who are conducting the Youth Wellbeing Study (at the School of Psychology, Vic Uni) talked to the Year 10 students about what emotions are, the purpose or functions of emotions, how they provide important information about the world around us and help us communicate with others. Mrs Dodunski, the Guidance Counsellor, spoke to the Year 11, 12 and 13 students about how we can face life’s challenges by increasing our self-awareness (by knowing how emotions and thoughts are generated in the brain, developing ‘wise mind’ or intuition, and by increasing compassion for ourselves).

A range of other workshops were presented, including practising mindfulness, using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping to deal with anxiety, making healthy food choices, increasing confidence, setting wellbeing goals and learning more about Volunteering. Students could also get active and enjoy doing Pilates, Zumba and Tai Chi, or sign up to Art or Writing workshops.

A huge thank you goes out to all the presenters who so kindly and willingly gave their time and expertise – it was deeply appreciated! Thank you also to all staff whose hard work helped to make the day a success. We look forward to the next Wellbeing / Hauora Day in 2018!

(If you would like further information about any of the workshops mentioned, please contact Mrs Dodunski: christel.dodunski@stmw.school.nz

Mrs Dodunski
Guidance Counsellor