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Support in the wake of Christchurch

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Started by Tessa Gray 20 Mar 2019 8:22am () Replies (1)

Our hearts go out to all those effected by the recent tragic events that happened in our beautiful country on Friday. Kia kaha Christchurch and New Zealand.



Cross posted from literacy list serves:


Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people

In the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch, the Ministry of Education is providing support to schools, kura, and early learning services. This is a really tough time for New Zealanders and it is critical our children and young people get the support and care they need as they return to schools and other learning institutions. We also need to look after our teachers and staff.

The Ministry is very focused on Christchurch but we know children and young people around the country have been impacted by Friday’s events and we are ensuring everyone is provided with the support they need.

Tips for parents and educators on supporting conversations with children and young people have been circulated to all New Zealand schools and early learning services and can be found on the Ministry's website

Other Ministry resources that focus on resilience and diversity

Curriculum in Action: Change loss and grief 

This resource helps students develop knowledge, understanding, and skills to support themselves and others in times of stress and loss. 

School Journal Story Library: Home: Stories from New New Zealanders 

Students share memories of what life was like in the countries where they were born and discuss what it has been like adjusting to life in New Zealand.

Resilience and mental health resources provided by other organisations

My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme

This aims to help students in years 7–11 become confident, lifelong learners. It has been shown to help build students’ resilience – their ability to overcome anxiety and cope with difficult and challenging situations. 

Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing

This NZCER resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills.

Common Ground 

Common Ground helps adults to support young people in years 1–13 to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives. It includes tips on how to get help, initiate difficult conversations with young people, and identify a young person in need of help.

Join this group to contribute to discussions.

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e-Learning: Leadership

Exploring leadership for change, vision, policy and strategy that integrates ICTs into learning.