Coaching is an important part of Ararira learning for our teachers and our older ākonga. We see coaching as an opportunity to sit with a colleague or support person and in the first instance, check in. Secondly, it provides the coachee with the chance to be listened to and supported. The coachee might share an issue, concern or goal. The coach gently but closely listens and questions to elicit a course of action.

Teachers are coached by a colleague and students are coached by a teacher or a parent volunteer. We aim to meet every three weeks and the time varies. For students, a twenty-minute session is plenty, for teachers sessions are longer.

Teacher Student
Duration 30 – 40 mins 20 mins
Best time After school in weeks 3, 6 & 9 Anytime but not Thursday morning or Friday
Focus Professional goals Learning or life goals

As the school grows providing our Year 7 and 8 with a coach becomes more challenging. In 2023 we are going to undertake group coaching with our Year 7 students and offer 1:1 coaching with our 35 Year 8 students. As we often say, it takes a village to raise a child and we are calling on volunteers to help.

Teachers will be coaches for these students but we are looking for parents to help put too. Do you have a spare 30 mins in your week? If so, you could coach three students. This would involve you meeting with one student each week in a three-week rotation. Full support will be given but it really is relatively easy.

Key attributes:

  • Listening skills
  • Being able to tame your ‘advice monster’
  • Asking questions (a template will be provided)
  • Non – judgemental
  • Able to be fully ‘present’ for the session.

Your coachee will come to you with an idea of something to work on. You use listening and questioning to help them design some action steps to move them towards their goal. We would like to run the sessions in Terms 3 and 4.

Sound like you? Please let us know by emailing,

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