Family & Whānau Support 

We recognise the ongoing stress that families are under and we will continue to run support sessions for our students and families. We are offering individual support this year to help you support your children’s learning and emotional well-being.

This year, we have Social Worker Jo Higgins and Teacher Jonathan Crosby working with our students and families to support a range of needs.

Deputy Principal, Bernadette May, coordinates these services. Please contact Bernadette for more information.

We all know that keeping fit and healthy helps keep stress in check. We encourage you to take advantage of the Circuit Training offered by parent and Personal Trainer, Janelle Waldron. These are held twice a week on school grounds.


Parent Discussions with Jo Higgins, Social Worker

Anne Gibling B.SW(Hons), MANZASW, and now Jo Higgins, Register Social Workers worked in our school from 2012 and continue to support our students over this time. The funding for Anne and Jo’s time comes from the Ministry of Education and Red Cross. Anne and Jo’s main role was to work with students and families most affected by the earthquakes. However, over time their role has become more general, working with students, teachers and families who have experienced loss, school anxiety, anxiety, change and challenging behaviour.

Jo runs individual and small group sessions with students every Thursday from 9.00am to 3.00pm and Friday from 9.00 am to 12.30pm.

If you need more immediate support please contact Bernadette May (or call her via the Office) and she will arrange an earlier meeting with Jo

Small Group – Jonathan

Over the past 5 years St Martins School has included a programme to support students in a range of different areas:

  • Communication and collaboration
  • Managing friendships
  • Making decisions in the playground
  • Anxiety
  • Relating to others
  • Managing self

Jonathan Crosby, a trained teacher and outreach worker for Christchurch Methodist Mission, runs the very successful programme for us. He is working with a range of students across the school, and students are very fortunate to be part of this very successful programme.

Jonathan comes into school every Wednesday and works with groups of students fro about 45 minutes. He is a very experienced facilitator and encourages students through games, interactions and discussions to develop and enhance a range of social and emotional skills.

A large number of students have benefitted from this programme over the years. It is a resource that is very valuable and is of benefit to all our students.

The Wise Up Programme

This programme is designed for 8-10 year olds, it runs over a term with children working in groups once a week with a trained facilitator for about 45 minutes.

Programme aims:

  • Build children’s SELF ESTEEM and CONFIDENCE
  • Help children to see their strengths and find out what makes them HAPPY
  • Assist children in discovering more about themselves and the importance of being unique
  • Provide children with strategies to cope when they are feeling ANXIOUS and WORRIED
  • Equip children with new tools for MANAGING HARD EMOTIONS

The programme also includes:

  • One to one meetings with families/caregivers prior to their child’s participation on the programme

A parenting programme or sessions will be available for families alongside the Wise-Up programme.

If you feel this programme would benefit you and your family please contact Bernadette May or call via the Office.