As a member, when was the last time you reflected on WAPPA’s values and what they mean to you both as a member of the Association and in the performance of your duties as a school leader? 

The WAPPA Board has decided a focus for our Association for 2021 will be on the WAPPA Values and indeed what behaviours do we regularly exhibit that uphold each value. I will also be using the WAPPA Values as points of focus during meetings of the WAPPA7s 2021, our Aspirant members, and our Alumni to elicit their reflections.
 
“Values are behaviour made visible” - When I heard Brendan Spillane utter those words in November last year, they immediately resonated with me. To try to capture the essence of this, I have developed 6 contained, 45-minute workshops, one on each of the WAPPA Values. I am happy to offer any combination of these workshops to Collegial Groups, Chapter meetings, or other audiences which members feel may benefit. The aim of each workshop is to use the WAPPA values as a basis for identifying behaviours in schools which promote the values held therein.

 
WAPPA’s Wellbeing Mantra for Members
WAPPA would love to see this mantra being used regularly by members in their schools. Perhaps before a staff meeting, the mantra could be read and a brief mindful moment (just a minute or two) taken to put the rigours of the day aside and bring focus to the intention of the meeting.

 

Feel free to use the mantra as is, or adapt to suit your school’s needs.
The wellbeing of the School
I have been fortunate over the past three years to have been invited by several members to work with their staff on whole-school wellbeing. In order for a school to be a healthy and “well” organisation, it is vital to attend to all dimensions of organisational wellbeing. One of which is the wellbeing and healthy lifestyles of the employees.

To do this I use the following models:
These six domains of personal wellbeing are also reflected in the following resources:

The Self-Care Wheel:
In this linked article, about halfway down the page you will find  “Implementing the wheel as part of overall self-care”.
This is followed by some suggested activities for each of the domains “Self-Care Activities by the Domains of the Wheel”
Further down again, there are some recommended apps which may be useful and  lastly, pay attention to “A Take-Home Message”

Developing a self-care plan
In this linked article you will find the 6 domains to which I refer,  are further explained.
This is followed by a template for writing a self-care plan. 

Once you have created a self-care plan it is important to ask yourself, “what might get in the way?” as identified in the final section "A word of caution:" What can you do to remove these barriers? If you can’t remove them you might want to adjust your strategies. Think honestly about whether any of your strategies are negative and how you can adjust your plan to avoid or minimise their impact. 

 
My premise is, ensure that each staff member’s personal wellbeing is being attended to in a planned and supported manner, in order for whole school wellbeing to then be maximised (in a planned and supported manner).
WAPPA’s Wellbeing Word of the Month - Equanimity
Equanimity is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of, or exposure to, emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind. The virtue and value of equanimity is extolled and advocated by a number of major religions and ancient philosophies. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equanimity)

Perhaps, Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” describes equanimity (albeit with a certain dated gender tone but which is actually inclusive at the point – also perhaps read “If – for Girls”).

Those of a “certain” vintage may well remember DesiderataGO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
 
WAPPA aims to see each member belong to a Collegial Group. The professional benefits of meeting in a confidential and safe space, with a group of like-minded and trusted colleagues, are numerous.

If your group is seeking content for your meetings, please remember we are happy to assist with suggestions and contacts. WAPPA also offers regular updates from Ian Anderson, President; professional learning workshops and discussion, with Tara Smith, Manager Professional Learning; and I can offer wellbeing focussed sessions and the Values workshops described above.

I have a number of members seeking to join a collegial group. If your group is looking to increase member numbers, now is the time to let me know.

Contact Carolyn Hanham () or me to find out more.
Within the coming week, I will be inviting interested and eligible WAPPA members to join in WAPPA7s 2021. Planning for our first event for 2021 is underway, with Chair, Kristy Harrison, and Vice-Chair, Jade Aim, meeting next week in committee.
Our WAPPA Alumni will be meeting shortly to hear from past-President Colin Pettit, who is currently Commissioner for children and Young People. Following that, the next Alumni event will be a tour of the refurbished Perth Library with lunch in Northbridge. If you know a retired WAPPA who may be interested in joining the Alumni, please let me know.
Our Aspirant members will once again be invited to attend meetings and workshops, held typically during term holidays. Our first event for 2021 is in the initial stages of planning, so stayed tuned for further information as it comes to hand.
Shared from the Living the 7 Habits app:

Valuing the differences is the essence of synergy—the mental, the emotional, the psychological differences between people. And the key to valuing those differences is to realize that all people see the world, not as it is, but as they are.

Habit 6: Synergize

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