Wellbeing at Wadestown School

At Wadestown School we use the ‘Cool Schools Peer Mediation’ programme to support our children to navigate low-level disputes and issues in the playground. The Cool Schools programme was developed by the Peace Foundation. 

Peer Mediation empowers young people to handle conflict constructively and resolve playground disagreements through mediation.

At Wadestown School Year 7 student leaders are trained in the programme and go out on duty at lunchtimes to help mediate problems using a restorative practice approach. If a resolution can not be reached the mediators will seek teacher assistance.

At Weld Street, students in Years 1 – 2 are learning how to be kind friends in the playground and to identify the different emotions they might be feeling when a situation occurs in the playground.

Some useful resources 


In my heart a book about feeling- Written by Jo Witek

Hey Warrior- Written by Karen Young

Breathe like a bear- Written by Kira Willey


Hey sigmund –https://www.heysigmund.com

Peace Foundation- https://www.peacefoundation.org.nz

Blissful Kids- https://blissfulkids.com/