Makoura College, a secondary school in Masterton East with around 250 pupils and over 50 teaching and support staff, nearly closed in 2008 due to a number of factors including a falling roll.
However, the Minister of Education decided to keep the College open. A new principal was appointed and introduced the Makoura Responsibility Model which frames the Makoura Behaviour Management System.
A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was conducted on the continued implementation of the Makoura Responsibility Model during February to June 2009. Initiated by Wairarapa Public Health and funded by the Ministry of Health’s HIA Learning by Doing Fund, Quigley and Watts Ltd led the HIA, in partnership with Wairarapa Public Health. The central question for the HIA was how the continued implementation of the Makoura Model might impact, either positively or negatively, on the health and wellbeing of students and staff at Makoura College. It was intended that the HIA would assist Makoura College’s future planning and implementation of the Makoura Model and inform future decisions by the College in implementing and refining its use of the model.
The implementation of the Makoura Model has a number of potential positive and negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of students, staff and whānau / community. The main issues related to: the model being a new way of thinking / working for many teachers and students; relationships between teachers and students, the school and parents, and the school and the community which are required for the model to be successful; and, appropriate structures to support the model.
A number of evidence-based recommendations were developed around:
- link the Makoura Model to existing structures and initiatives within the College and the community
- senior management to lead the implementation of the Makoura Model
- guidance and training for College staff to implement the Makoura Model
- involve students, whānau and the community in the refinement and implementation of the Makoura Model.