This term, Russley is partnering with School-based Mental Health to offer two evening workshops for Russley parents. Both sessions are an opportunity for parents/caregivers to spend some time reflecting on family life and are designed to provide them with tools and strategies to improve their children’s wellbeing.

These workshops will be held at school on Wednesday 12th September and Tuesday 18th September at 6.30pm and each will run for approximately one hour.  The key ideas covered in these workshops will be:

  • What is positive parenting?
  • Why do children have challenging behaviours?
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Teaching new skills and desirable behaviours
  • Dealing with tricky behaviours

These workshops will provide simple and effective tools for supporting your relationships with your children. The focus will be on practical steps. To register for these FREE workshops please email with your name, your child’s name and room number.

Russley School considers student wellbeing a high priority. Children learn in a positive environment, which encourages co-operation, student leadership and effective communication between teachers, students and whānau.

Working alongside young people on a regular basis, our staff understands what affects children’s health and wellbeing and the critical role schools play in providing healthy places to learn and work. A strong link between good health and academic achievement is vital in encouraging children and young people to be active participants in their schools, community and society at large. Throughout childhood, a safe and secure school environment along with a positive relationship with family are undoubtedly the foundations for good child health and wellbeing.

Statistics show that one in 10 children has a diagnosed mental health problem. At the chalk-face our staff will be teaching children who have anxiety, depression and phobias.

How can we help young people with mental health challenges? Can mental health problems be prevented?  How does as a school equip children with the knowledge and skills to improve their personal wellbeing.

Students with optimal wellbeing at school:

    Have positive relationships with peers and teachers

    Have positive feelings and attitudes most of the time

    Are resilient in the face of mistakes

    Know their own strengths

    Have a sense of purpose

    Are highly engaged in their learning

Mrs Stretch (Deputy Principal - Pastoral Care) is available to meet with parents who would like a conversation about ways the school can support the social-emotional needs of their child.

For your information: there are support systems outside of school. Please refer to other tabs under 'Wellbeing" on our website.