Queen Margaret College launches important wellbeing resource

Article by Kirsty Merrett
Queen Margaret College - NZ / 21 September 2018

Dedication to the wellbeing of students has led Queen Margaret College to be one of the first schools in New Zealand to launch SchoolTV.

SchoolTV is an online wellbeing resource originating in Australia that seeks to aggregate information on a large variety of topics to help parents navigate the issues the youth of today are facing.

Every month parents are able to access a new wellbeing topic and view interviews with specialists on that particular topic. Topics covered include Eating Disorders, Social Media and Digital Reputation, and are introduced and discussed by leading Australian psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Queen Margaret College is the third school in New Zealand and the first in Wellington to sign up to the wellbeing resource.

Head of Middle School and Wellbeing Rena Day says the College was interested in SchoolTV because of its belief in having a student centred wellbeing programme.

“Parenting today is complicated and ever-changing. Our Wellbeing programmes are child-centred and we work in partnership with our families to help educate resilient women,” she says.

“Having extensively investigated SchoolTV, we believe there is no other resource currently available in New Zealand like this. We are so excited to be the first school in Wellington to make this fantastic resource available to all our families.”

Queen Margaret College launched SchoolTV to staff and parents on Monday 17 September and then to hosted a Principal’s Symposium to introduce the resource to school leaders the following day.

Dr Carr-Gregg was onsite to introduce parents and principals to SchoolTV and its necessity in New Zealand.

He says research suggests the mental health of New Zealand students is deteriorating and believes it is “vital parents are equipped with skills, knowledge and evidence-based strategies to build wellbeing and resilience” in their children.

“SchoolTV provides precisely that in the form of easy to digest, bite-sized reliable and accurate packets of information.”

The symposium gave educators the opportunity to come together and discuss the challenges facing New Zealand young people and how school leaders could involve New Zealand agencies.

Rena says she was pleased with how the principals engaged with the symposium and SchoolTV.

“It was a privilege to share this resource to benefit our community,” she says.