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The health and physical education learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum highlights the importance of student wellbeing. 1
In health and physical education, the focus is on the well-being of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts.
At the heart of this learning area are four underlying and interdependent concepts:
Mason Durie describes four dimensions of hauora in the development of his widely used model of Maori health, Te Whare Tapa Wha. 2
Te Whare Tapa Wha is represented by the four walls of a wharenui, 3 or meeting house, where each wall symbolises the elements necessary to sustain hauora or health and wellbeing. These dimensions or elements are taha hinengaro, taha wairua, taha tinana, and taha whanau. Taha hinengaro focuses on mental health and emotions. taha wairua focuses on spiritual health. Taha tinana focuses on physical health and taha whanau focuses on the epicentre of one's wellbeing:whānau.
Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth suggests a 'circle of care' 4 approach that places the student at the centre surrounded by layers of care - of which a guidance and counselling team is only one layer.
Figure 4 shows this idea, adapted for New Zealand schools. 5