HVHS Te Awakairangi Mental Health March 2020

HVHS Te Awakairangi Mental Health March 2020

The third Te Awakairangi Mental Health March is on the 27th of August.

This is a major event in our school calendar and is open to all year 12 and 13 students. Our aim is to raise awareness that we all need to look after our mental health and that of our family and friends. The school has adopted the Mental Health Foundations 5 Ways to Wellbeing with each aspect being highlighted by this march.

Be Active - Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood - Walk 10km.

Take Notice - Remember the simple things that give you joy - Our beautiful surroundings - our awa, our maunga,our native bush, our native birds.

Connect - Talk, listen, be there, feel connected with fellow students, friends and teachers.

Keep Learning - Embrace new experiences, surprise yourself by walking 10km.

Give - Your Time, your words, your presence on the march and hopefully you will also donate an old pair of sports shoes or boots to someone in need.


Mental health is a very real issue for teens all over New Zealand and has had a personal impact on us here at Hutt High and especially the Year 13 year group. Learning to look after your mental health is worth your attention.

The march starts and finishes at HVHS. We will walk together along the Te Awakairangi River Trail to the Kennedy Good Bridge and then loop back to school on the motorway side of the trail. It should take 2 hours at the most. You will be rewarded at the end of the march with an incredible sense of achievement as well as a good ol sausage sizzle accompanied by some tunes.

The march will start at 12.30 pm outside the front entrance of the school. We have our mayor Campbell Barrie, Ginny Anderson Hutt South List MP and Chris Bishop MP for Hutt South joining us.

Mr Fox and Mrs Johnson will supervise the walk with support from many other staff. Students will need a comfortable pair of shoes, and possibly a jacket. There will be a drink and snack station at the ½ way point. We would love for participants to wear purple as it is the colour that represents mental health.

Please complete the permission form in the email sent to student and parents, if you are keen to be involved.



Ollie Pickering, Tom Flynn and the student leadership team.