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April 3, 2024
10:00 am
Live Event (In Person)

Reducing Absenteeism in NZ Schools

Join us for an important Hui for the future of our tamariki in Aotearoa. School Leaders will meet on April 3 in Auckland to discuss strategies for reducing absenteeism in our schools. We will feature wellbeing experts and school principals to ensure you leave with ideas and tools to address the underlying issues and begin to tackle absenteeism at your school.

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If you can't make the time, register anyway and we'll send you the recording and slides afterwards.

April 3, 2024 10:00 AM
Join us for an important Hui for the future of our tamariki in Aotearoa, you'll walk away with strategies and tools to tackle absenteeism

This event is proudly sponsored by Veracross in partnership with Orah.

It is free to attend for NZ school leaders. We recommend registering your delegation early to avoid disappointment.

If you have registered but can't attend, please email tiago@orah.com as soon as possible.

Working together to reduce absenteeism in NZ schools

Understand why some students are missing school, and what you can do about it

Where? Saint Kentigern's College - Auckland, NZ
When? Wednesday April 3, 10am-2pm
What? Hui for Auckland School Leaders focused on "Reducing Absenteeism in NZ Schools" - see below for the schedule.
Who is speaking?
Kim Tay, NZ Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience & Auckland School Leadership Panel (see below for more detail)

This event is for:

  • School principals, who want to tackle absenteeism alongside other school leaders.
  • Deans who are dealing with increasing complex student concerns and are looking for ideas to address them.
  • Department heads who have a role in student life and wellbeing at your school.

Get tips and tools for addressing student wellbeing to improve attendance, from NZ's leading experts

If you want to reduce absenteeism, you need to identify at-risk students and understand why they aren’t attending school.

But this is difficult, because the factors that contribute to a student’s mental health and their ability to attend school are numerous. How can you find out what factors contributed to poor attendance or grades? How do you discover what issues you need to address in order to improve attendance?

In a school environment, you have the advantage of being able to engage directly with students. But what about when students don’t speak up, are absent or their reasons are not clear? 

At this event, you’ll discover

  • The link between wellbeing and attendance, and why it’s particularly important for New Zealand students.
  • Three tools that are invaluable for finding out why your students are unhappy, and how you can address it.
  • Case studies showing how you can start to improve student wellbeing and reduce absenteeism today.

Official speaker and venue announcement to come.

Keynote Speaker

Kim Tay

Director at Wellbeing Works

The science behind how people think, feel and act has always fascinated Kim. As a highly specialised qualitative researcher, she’s spent 20 years helping schools, companies, government agencies and charities to be more successful by understanding their people better. Since discovering resilience and wellbeing science in 2005, Kim has been on a mission to bring the field’s most relevant findings to schools & workplaces everywhere.

Your Panelists

Peter Morton

Associate Principal at Rangitoto College

Every student should have the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. It is our responsibility as educators to provide opportunities and encourage engagement for learning.

Genée Crowley

Principal at Baverstock Oaks Schools, Lead Principal of the South East Auckland Attendance Services (SEAAS)

I was very privileged and honoured to be appointed Principal of Baverstock Oaks School in April 2018. I was appointed Foundation Associate Principal of this wonderful school in 2004 prior to the school opening in 2005. It was an exciting adventure setting up a new school in a developing and multi-cultural community. At Baverstock Oaks, we value forming strong connections with our community and including them in their child’s learning journey at every occasion.

Paul Fordham

Associate Principal at Westlake Boys High School

My main area of responsibility is pastoral care and ensuring Westlake is a safe and healthy place of learning for our student body. My leadership approach is to hold students at the heart of decision-making. We know that young men benefit from relational education where trust and high expectations are a priority. I therefore value fairness and consistency, effective communication, ensuring I am visible and approachable and role-modelling what we expect of our young men. We have a responsibility for our practice to be adaptive and reflect the needs of the students we serve, and in this respect, developing the professional capacity of staff is a priority.

Carl Lidstone

Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care) at Saint Kentigern College

How to reserve your place

The event will be 4 hours long (incl. a light lunch, networking with Auckland school leaders and Q&A with experts). It will start on Wednesday, April 3 at 10 AM NZST. Because spaces are limited, you will need to submit a seperate registration form for each attendee. If you have a large group you want to bring, please email tiago@orah.com

Reserve your place here.

Have questions?

Please send any enquiries regarding this event to tiago@orah.com

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland!