Mana Ake is an organisation working with schools to promote wellbeing and positive mental health for children.

Knights Stream School is part of the South West Cluster of schools that work with Mana Ake.  The Mana Ake kaimahi (workers) are made up of social workers, occupational therapists, and teachers.

As a school, we are able to put in requests for service from Mana Ake for individuals and groups of learners to support their well-being and mental health. There is a cluster-wide process for making these referrals which each school’s SENCo (Special Education Needs Coordinator) oversees. Anna Ashby is the SENCo at KSS. 

Chrissy Feeney, our Mana Ake liaison kaimahi offers virtual drop-in sessions for whānau (families) every second week on Friday between 1.30 and 3. If you would like to book in for a “drop-in” which will be either a Zoom meeting or a phone call please contact Anna Ashby.

Dates for the Virtual Drop-in Sessions for Term 1

Fridays: 11th February, 25 February, 11th March, 25 March, 8 April

The sessions are at 1.30, 2pm and 2.30. 

The sorts of things people like to discuss with Chrissy are: anxiety, eating, sleeping and positive behaviour.

At KSS we have had some very successful workshops led by Mana Ake about Anxiety, Relisience, and Positive Parenting. We hope COVID regulations will allow us to run these sorts of events again soon. 

Mana Ake also runs a very popular Tuning into Kids Parenting programme within our cluster. Last year one of these was run at KSS. Keep your eyes peeled for when this programme is offered next. 

By Anna Ashby