Supporting our students’ wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at BTI – growing great hearts as well as great minds.
We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and visitors to learn and work in.
BTI is dedicated to creating an environment that is student centred and addresses the economic, social and wellbeing goals, and the development aspirations of diverse learner groups (eg, Māori, Pasifika, international students, students with disabilities and other learner groups). We focus on listening to our students and making changes based on their feedback to adapt our teaching, learning and support services to empower students at different ages and stages. BTI has made changes that enhance student voice and participation in student governance and management decision-making.
As part of our commitment to building a student centred educational experience for our students, BTI has worked hard to strengthen existing, and develop new, connections and authentic partnerships with students, whānau and diverse learner groups.
We encourage and support students and staff to grow holistically and academically. This is part of our mission and values as an organisation. At the heart of BTI is our Christian worldview, and this means that our staff and students draw on Biblical sources, values and perspectives in every course. We also spend time developing habits and practices that will become patterns for life as a practitioner or leader.
Support for wellbeing of our students really matters, and we have set up specific cohort mentors and support staff for students to reach out to – see links below.
We also support BISA, the student association, whose representatives from each class/year group can support fellow students, represent their voices during decision-making, and facilitating practical activities to support health and wellbeing.
Depression and anxiety – Sadness, depression and anxiety affect us all differently. This website has resources that can help you get to a better place mentally.
There is also free online self-test tool
Te Rau Ora – focused on strengthening Māori health and wellbeing.
Le Va is a national Pasifika programme that offers a range of programmes and initiatives to support mental health and wellbeing.
The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety, which offers a free text service on 5626.
Youthline works with young people from all walks of life, from all cultures and with all sorts of things going on in their lives. This can be anything from just wanting to talk something through (big or small), to working face to face with a young person or even their whole family.
Netsafe has advice on how to stay safe online
Safe to talk provides contact with a trained sexual harm specialist at any time, day or night, seven days a week, and other services such as information about medical, emotional and behavioural issues related to harmful experiences.
Free call or text 1737 to talk to someone 24-7
BTI has a series of cohort mentors who can support you in your study and struggles. These staff or kaiako make themselves available to students for extra support.
Teacher Education students – contact:
NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation = Penny Merton
Secondary Teacher Education = Peter Maslin
Counselling or Social Work students = contact Ngā Maunga Āwhina email@example.com
Postgraduate students = contact Ngā Maunga Āwhina firstname.lastname@example.org
Our staff have a Health and Safety team who are here for everyone. They work across the organisation to ensure students and staff learn about safe work practices and understand what their roles and responsibilities are.