MKA-COL STAFF LEARNING - TOD 1
Two Teacher-Only Days were held in Term 1 this year.
COL Conference 27 January 2022
John Inger Performing Arts Centre & Woodlands Events Centre, Gordonton - Hybrid Conference [due to Covid restrictions]
Te Kura ki te Whai - Ao ki te Ao Mārama
Education for Health and Well-Being: from Reactive to Proactive
We invited three Keynote Speakers who are all experts in their own field. We were very grateful to Professor Berryman and Nigel Latta for working between our two venues so that our teachers could have in-person presentations. It's safe to say that this was an excellent example of a hybrid conference, well before hybrid learning became so popularised. We have had fantastic feedback from those schools that attended: Morrinsville College, Morrinsville Intermediate, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Tatuanui School, Tahuna School, Tauhei School, Whitikahu School, Motumaoho School and Kiwitahi School.
Professor Mere Berryman, ONZM PhD, MEd (Hons), BEd
Professor Berryman discussed how we might understand the Hauora - Health and Well-being of our students, staff and community against the backdrop of our shared history and wider contemporary society. She made connections between the historical relationships developed between tangata whenua and the coloniser and the impact these relationships continue to have for both Treaty partners today. She challenged us to consider why, while we have known about the importance of developing positive classroom relationships as foundational to a quality education since last century, the evidence shows that for the majority of Māori learners across their learning pathway little has changed.
Assoc. Prof Katie Fitzpatrick, PhD, BSpLS (Hons), BEd, DipTchg
Assoc. Professor Katie Fitzpatrick talked about her background and how she has come to work in the research and teaching space of Mental Health Education. She discussed her text, how she envisages teachers using the resource in their classrooms and our schools. Assoc. Professor Fitzpatrick discussed why we need a focus on health equity and health education in Aotearoa now more than ever in a pandemic, and how teachers and leaders can show the way in this new era where health and well-being is crucially important.
Mr. Nigel Latta, ONZM
Clinical Psychologist, author and TV presenter, Nigel Latta presented about resiliency in an anxious world and how we can manage change when disruption is the new normal. Nigel talked about why the world is changing so quickly, what it means for anyone trying to run a school or business, and some of the things we can do to cope. Nigel offered staff some simple things that we can do to increase our resiliency and improve our well-being, and discussed how we can support our students with their anxieties and concerns in a rapidly changing world.