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Social Workers in Schools
'Social Workers in Schools' is a free service supporting children and their families in the MSS school community.
At Motueka South School, we share our SWiS social worker, Bridget Malone, with Parklands School (on a part-weekly basis). Parents can self-refer to Bridget and other agencies can also refer.
Bridget works successfully through our Student Support committee to:
- help families access community support and networks
- provide group programmes which support children and families
- work one-to-one with children and their families/whanau
The SWiS service is funded by Presbyterian Support to support students and families with:
- social skills, self esteem and confidence for children
- children’s peer relationships
- family relationships
- behavioural concerns
- positive parenting
- eliminating family violence
- advocacy and referrals to other services
At our school, Bridget and the SWiS organisation help our students by funding, resourcing and/or facilitating programmes such as:
- ‘Seasons for Growth’ for students experience upsetting grief, loss or disappointing change
- ‘Whenua Iti’ physical challenge days and team building exercises for social development and self esteem
- ‘Kidpower’ and ‘Teenpower’ to support resilience
- Social skills development programmes with Simon Dadley-Moore
- Positive Parenting programmes and our MSS Parents Library
- ‘Gem of the First Water’, helping students understand interpersonal relationships, feelings and choices
- ‘Shine Girls’ for senior girls’ self-esteem and ‘Donna Swift’ for girls’ anti-violence education.
- Support for our Transition to Motueka High School initiative
- Support and coordination for senior boys’ Taiaha Wananga