Health and Wellbeing at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto

During 2019/2020 we reviewed the Health and Wellbeing area of our curriculum.

If you click on this link you can access the proposed statement of approach, which was subseqeuntly adopted.


At Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto, building student health and wellbeing is paramount. We do this through explicit teaching of health and wellbeing concepts (weekly/fortnightly),  daily notice reminders, programmes and strategies.

Our approach to wellbeing  is based on Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Te Whare Tapa Wha


Te Whare Tapa Whā: a NZ Health Model Developed by Mason Durie

The model describes health and wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. By working on each taha or side, we can help develop a positive wellbeing. 

A short video about Hauora, featuring Te Whare Tapa Wha

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto: Wellbeing Definition in Child Speak

Taha Hinengaro
Mental and Emotional
Taha Wairua
Taha Whānau
Taha Tinana
I can think about and work on managing my thoughts and feelings. I have values. My values are good for my wellbeing and for my community.

I have passions – things I love to learn about or get better at.

I care for friends, family, and the groups that I belong to.

They care for me, too.

I keep well with food, water, exercise and sleep.

For Whānau

Great Wellbeing Clips for Children

Hinengaro (mental and emotional health)

Tinana (physical health)

Wairua (spiritual health, includes concepts of soul, attitude, purpose)

Feeling comfortable in your identity, values and beliefs helps you feel secure in who you are and what you stand for. When you are content with yourself it is easier to cope with challenges, build strong whānau relationships and discover the things that uplift you (Courtesy of Mental Health Awareness Week, 2019). 

Wairua includes all the things that give you a sense of purpose and meaning. It includes your passions, cultural practices, religion and other aspects of life. 


Whānau (social relationships: family, friends, community)