Workshop Abstracts


Workshop Round 1  (Saturday morning)
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Workshop 1a – Hauora and the Edmund Rice Touchstones at
.                                  Edmund Rice Schools – A Liberating Education
.                                  [Hayden Kingdon]

Presenter: Hayden Kingdon

Hayden is St Peter’s College Deputy Headmaster, Catholic Character and Mission (2016-present), Assistant Headmaster, Director of Special Character 2006-2015

Abstract:  This workshop will explore the connection between Hauora and the Edmund Rice Touchstones by linking Liberation with hope and purpose. The theme will be that the Special Character of an Edmund Rice school should serve the deep human needs of its students.

Workshop 1b – Insights from Oranga Tamariki – working with vulnerable children and young people
Presenter: Alex Frank
“I’m Alexandra Frank and I’ve been a social worker for ten years. I currently work for Oranga Tamariki and my focus is on offenders requesting to live with children. “

Abstract: All children and youth deserve to live in a home which is safe and nurturing. As you may know some children and young people in New Zealand are living within abusive and neglectful homes. These vulnerable children and youth need people like you or I to be brave and stand up for them, to ensure they are safe and nurtured. Together we will talk about factors that contribute to child abuse in New Zealand, what you should do if you suspect child abuse, Oranga Tamariki’s responses to child abuse or neglect and how you can continue to support that child or young person.

Workshop 1c –When someone you love, experiences a brain injury
Presenter: Joanne Hope & Glenys Webster (St John of God)
Glenys Webster has many years’ experience as a nurse and manager, working in areas including intellectual disability, special needs and mental health.  She is currently the pastoral practitioner for St John of God Hauora Trust, a values-based organisation which specialises in care and rehabilitation for people with a physical disability, brain injury or neurological disease.
Joanne Hope has a background in education, community development and social work with families and young people. She is currently in a mission leadership role at St John of God Hauora Trust.

Abstract: It could be the result of a car crash or disease. No one wants to be in the position of discovering that they, or someone they love, has been diagnosed with a brain injury or neurological disease. But this happens everyday around the country. How would you deal with this? This workshop explores how might you help a friend someone you love hold onto hope?

Workshop  Round 2  (Saturday morning)
11:50 am – 12:50 pm

Workshop 2a – Building Inclusivity
Presenter: Paul Olsen
Paul is the Principal of St Kevin’s College, Oamaru and is supported by members of the student leadership team.
Abstract: This is a workshop to share deliberate acts of leadership that allow a culture of inclusiveness to flourish within schools. We invite participants to add their own stories to the narrative, so we leave with a useful kete of practical ideas for building an inclusive College community.

Workshop 2b – Values, Attitudes and Behaviours: Insights into Youth Culture  
Presenter: Shana Malio-Satele
Shana Malio-Satele is the Director of the Auckland based mentoring programme MATES (Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme). Shana has a strong background and experience in the areas of Youth Mentoring, Workforce Development, Equity Initiatives, Community Development and Programme Design and Improvement.

Abstract: The values, attitudes and behaviours of young people strongly influence youth culture in Aotearoa. It is helpful to have insights into the influencing factors of a young person’s life that impact on their behaviours. This can include the biological, socio-cultural and cognitive factors that are happening in a young person’s life at different stages of their life as a youth. The goal of this workshop is to share insights using the stories and real experiences to help provide different strategies for working alongside young people.           

Workshop 2c – Importance of supervision, mentoring, partnership – how to get the support you need to be creative, energised, focused, challenged, excited, balanced.Building workplace wellbeing – learnings and
Presenter: Jim Strang
Jim has worked in teaching/counselling in schools – Dunedin, Hokitika, Christchurch. New a counsellor, supervisor, private life commitment to try and make a difference. Life full of family, people, outdoors (especially Nepalese friends).

Abstract: What is supervision? Why we need mentoring, peer support, balance, time for us, time to regenerate. Share with a few your dreams, needs, ongoing plans.

Workshop  Round 3 (Saturday afternoon)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Workshop 3a  –  A Bicultural Model of Wellbeing – Te Whare Mauri Ora  (A Bi-cultural approach to Holistic Health and Wellbeing) 
Presenter: Wiremu Gray
Bio: Wiremu Gray is a trained Maori Counsellor and has been in the field of counselling for over 15 years. He has spent time in the North Island mainly working in rural Maori Communities and then several years in Christchurch, working at SJOG Waipuna for eight years and then in many secondary schools, private work, working with Maori youth mainly in youth Justice, care and protection and a Ngai Tahu led outdoor cultural programme, called ‘Te Tira Horomaka’. He is also a cultural supervisor working with NZAC members(New Zealand association of Counsellors).

Abstract: Te Whare Mauri Ora is a Model I developed after many years being in the field and understanding the particular needs for Maori, particularly the Rangatahi/youth.
The model was presented at a school wellbeing hui called ‘Grow Waitaha’ in 2017. There were more than 50 schools represented.
I presented it this year at the New Zealand Positive Education Conference in 2018, I’ve been asked to present to Maori service providers later this year. This was also presented recently in Budapest by Dr Denise Quinlan at a international positive education conference.
The presentation aims to help people to have a greater understanding of what Wellbeing for Maori looks like and what contributing factors help improve a person’s holistic health and wellbeing. This is not only helpful for Maori, but for all people.
I talk about some of my experiences with working with Rangatahi / teenage Maori on a programme called ‘Te Tira Horomaka’ A journey of the banks peninsula – Connecting Ngai tahu youth to their cultural roots. I discuss some of the key themes / needs that came out of that programme.
The workshop looks at the importance of self acceptance with having a secured Identity and what we all can do to positively promote this, we all have a role in looking after one another.
The discussion will briefly explore the impacts of colonisation, especially focussed on Identity, cultural esteem.
Te Whare Mauri Ora, is a bi-cultural model which can be used in many ways. As a counselling tool in all different areas. Also a Wellbeing tool for a Community organisation, such as Schools, social services and many more.
This Model has been used in the wellbeing initiatives at Christchurch Boys High School and is currently in planning stages at Christs College where I currently work.

Workshop 3b  – Managing a significant crisis
Presenter: Michael Bendall
Michael is a lawyer and senior associate at Corcoran French. He is also a member of the St Thomas of Canterbury College Board of Trustees and the financial administrator for Edmund Rice Justice Trust.  
The ER camp organisations in New Zealand are volunteer organisations especially at the governance, management and leaders. So what are the potentially unforeseen red flags and legal requirements and do we prepare for handling  and work through a significant crisis.

Workshop 3c  –  End of life care & staying healthy!
Presenter: Willem Vink
Willem has been involved in palliative care nursing for many years employed in a variety of settings including primary care as a Community Palliative Care Nurse and as the Team Leader for Nurse Maude Hospice. Later, working in the Christchurch hospital palliative service presented many challenges which encouraged Willem to extend his palliative care knowledge, skills and education culminating in completing a Clinical Masters in Health Sciences and becoming a Nurse Practitioner. He has also long held an interest in spirituality in combination with palliative care and end-of-life care, therefore creating many opportunities to discuss with patients and Whanau issues that are most important to them.

Abstract: When a diagnosis of cancer or other terminal illness is made for one of our family members or someone we love, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and lonely at times. But it is also important to do whatever we can to remain connected with, draw upon and strengthen our social support networks. It is healthy to make use of the support offered by willing and helpful people around us and to make healthy choices for ourselves but, this is not easy and we are sometimes affected by grief. This workshop will discuss death and dying as a natural life process, promoting a collaborative culture for support, reducing fear and uncertainty associated with illness and death, and building capacity and resilience in the face of grief and loss.

Workshop Round 4 (Sunday morning)
11:00 am – noon

Workshop 4a –  RJ Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Presenter: Steve Hart & Richard Washington
Steve Hart is principal of St Thomas of Canterbury College last year and Richard Washington is Assistant Principal.
Abstract: This workshop will unlock the connection between Forgiveness and Restorative practices, we will delve into the process of forgiveness and link this with real stories of damaged relationships being repaired through restorative practices. We look forward to sharing our experiences in an informal workshop.

Workshop 4b – Caring for our Leaders
Presenter: Amelia Bresanello & Sam Wojcik
Amelia is Dean of Pasifika, teacher, Careers Advisor and Gateway Coordinator at Kavanagh College Dunedin and  is a very experienced chair of Edmund Rice Camps Dunedin. She has been involved with Dunedin camps since its inception.  Sam is the current chair of Edmund Rice Camps Auckland and is just completing a Masters at the University of Auckland.
Edmund Rice Camps has always had a focus of the welfare of the children on camp. This workshop is a chance to take time out and look out how do we encourage the wellbeing of the camp leaders. It will be a chance to share experiences, insights and thoughts, and look at what works well and what we might do to give more support.

Workshop 4c – Reconnecting the Natural World and Ourselves
Presenter: Paddy Pawson
Paddy Pawson currently works with young people re-connecting them with the Natural World.
Abstract: This workshop will explore Nature as a medium to make sense of self and greater inter-connectedness.