Positive Education

Wellbeing Strategy

The wellbeing of our students is of vital importance as stated in our school vision of "provide a positive, safe, and rich learning environment where our tamariki will grow emotionally, socially and academically to reach their full potential. Our wellbeing strategy is focussed on Play Is The Way philosophy, our self regulation programmes of Iti Korona and Ake Ake, access to the Chatbus service and through teaching of school values and key competencies.

Our School Values

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Kind

Be a Learner

Play is the Way at Musselburgh School

About Play is the Way

  • Play is the Way is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional learning using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language.

  • It is a process that gives primary schools a way to develop, improve and entrench the personal and social capabilities of students (Key competencies).

How does it work?

  • PITW is a unique programme of physically interactive games.

  • PITW Life raft key concepts guide students through life and learning.

  • PITW uses specific and empowering language to help attain self-mastery.

  • PITW is a philosophy of behaviour education and student self-regulation that fosters independent, self-motivated, empathetic, life-long learners.

The Elements

PITW is comprised of 6 elements with the first 3 elements implemented simultaneously, followed by the remaining 3 in succession.

Musselburgh school has implemented the first three elements so far.

  1. Life Raft

  2. Games

  3. Self Reflective Language

  4. 3Rs Method (3Rs)

  5. Growing Personally and Socially

  6. Ultimate Community Role Model (UCRM)

Element One: The 5 Life Raft Key Concepts

The Life Raft activities are taught each week as part of the health and P.E. Curriculum.

They are:

  • Treat others as you would like them to treat you.

  • Be brave- Participate to progress.

  • Pursue your personal best no matter who you work with.

  • Have reasons for the things you say and do.

  • It takes great strength to be sensible.

Element Two: The Games

Each class play the physically interactive games 2-3 times per week to practise the lift raft key concepts being taught in the classroom an authentic situations.

Element Three: Self Reflective Language

Teachers use the following reflective questions to help our children build their social and emotional capabilities.

Self-Mastery Checklist:

  • Am I doing the right thing or the wrong thing?

  • Am I having a strong moment of a weak moment?

  • Are my feelings in charge of my actions or is my thinking in charge?

  • Am I running away from my problem or am I dealing with it?

  • Am I being my own boss or am I inviting my teacher to be my boss?

  • Is my teacher trying to help me or hurt me?