Please see below for the 3 minute replay of this informative conference. It was a morning of connection, insights and practical tips and tools to equip you to implement and manage personal wellbeing, school wellbeing programs and work with key leadership stakeholders as you bring them on the journey to whole school wellbeing.

This conference, was delivered virtually, featured keynote speaker Dr Denise Quinlan, and masterclasses delivered by Nikki Bonus and expert panellists. Check out our e-book summary of our last conference featuring Dr Lucy Hone, who co-authored The Educators' Guide to Whole-School Wellbeing with Dr Denise Quinlan. 

19 October 2021, 10am-1:30pm AEST

Cost: Free


10:00am  Welcome - Nikki Bonus
10:35am Welcome to country

Keynote Speaker


Masterclass - Using Technology to measure and teach whole school wellbeing, giving everyone a voice


Masterclass - Leading through disruption and uncertainty



Keynote - Implementing, Teaching and Measuring Whole-School Wellbeing (with Dr. Denise Quinlan)

In this 45 minute keynote address, Dr. Denise shared her unique insights into Whole School wellbeing gained from extensive first hand experience working with schools and educators globally, particularly in areas such as student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness and class climate. From Dr. Denise's keynote, you will took away practical, evidence based actions to implement in your own school, along with information to help promote wellbeing and bring your whole school on the wellbeing journey; from students, peers and leadership teams.

Masterclass - Using technology to know, value and care for every student (with Nikki Bonus, Jo-ann Osborne and Allyssa Nelson)

In this masterclass, learn from our experts on how to support student wellbeing, insights that show how the right tools can measure wellbeing statistically to help anticipate and avoid incidents, evaluate the effectiveness of wellbeing practices and track long term progress. Take away actionable tips and tools to help:

  • Strategic and planned approaches to whole-school wellbeing
  • How to gather and use data to inform strategic direction and evaluate outcomes contributing to the success of their wellbeing practices
  • How to measure wellbeing effectively
  • How Life Skills GO supports executives and educators in measuring wellbeing


Masterclass - Leading through disruption and uncertainty (with Nikki Bonus)

Principles and tools for Principals and Executives to lead with impact in the midst of uncertainty, complexity and disruption. Based on neuroscience, mindfulness and behavioural research, this masterclass offers practical solutions to help leaders:

  •   Cultivate personal wellbeing, self compassion, and resilience
  • Deepen self-awareness and learn how our thoughts and behaviours impact team dynamics
  • Build effective and non-reactive communication skills
  • Explore how self-awareness and self-management develop higher levels of personal wellbeing and community relationships

About Dr Denise Quinlan

Dr Denise Quinlan is a founding director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, an adjunct fellow at University of Canterbury, and a published academic researcher.

Trained in wellbeing science at the University of Pennsylvania by the world’s leading thinkers and researchers, she went on to attain her PhD in psychological wellbeing from the University of Otago. An Adjunct Professor at one of Europe’s leading business schools and facilitator of the only accredited Diploma in Wellbeing Science in Australia and NZ, she has taught global business leaders and educators around the world how use wellbeing science for peak performance and wellbeing.

Dr Quinlan is acknowledged nationally and internationally as an outstanding presenter and facilitator. Her humour and honesty make for engaging and entertaining learning. These same qualities have made her award-winning podcast Bringing Wellbeing To Life popular with a broad audience.  Denise is the co-author of The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing, published internationally in 2020.

In addition to corporate wellbeing work in New Zealand and Australia, Denise has taught strengths-based team development to senior managers from the USA, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa on IE University’s Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy programme in Madrid, Spain. Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, she has worked as a management consultant with Deloitte and KPMG in the UK and NZ, where she conducted European market analysis and organisation reviews before going on to specialise in management assessment and development.

As the only trainer from Australia/New Zealand selected to deliver the University of Pennsylvania’s ground-breaking Penn Resiliency Programme, she has worked alongside Prof. Martin Seligman and Dr. Karen Reivich training educators at leading schools in Australia and the UK (Geelong Grammar School, St Peter’s Adelaide and Wellington College).  Denise’s work supports the wellbeing of hundreds of schools around NZ through direct presentations, NZIWR?’s team of trainers and published resources. 

About Nikki Bonus

Nikki Bonus is an experienced Edtech founder and CEO of Life Skills Group, harnessing more than 20 years of deeply personal and professional experience in the development and delivery of social-emotional literacy programs for individuals, organisations, and most importantly, teachers and students. Nikki’s work has helped give a voice to more than 850 schools, connecting with 20,000 teachers and 500,000 primary school children to build a continuing evidence base of what works to measure, report and implement real improvements in wellbeing for school communities. She was one of 100 CEOs that was invited to participate in the Google - Engage - Search Inside Yourself leadership program, San Francisco, training her to deliver Transformational Professional Development experiences backed by world experts in neuroscience, leadership, mindfulness and emotional intelligence. She epitomises resilience having been out of home by the age of 16. The tragedies of mental health contributed to her brother taking his life at a young age. Her intrinsic motivation is the belief that no matter where you were born, no matter what family you were born into, anything is possible. Her commitment is to work in collaboration with governments, school communities to see Social Emotional and Physical Literacy as valued as academic performance.

About Jo-ann Osborne

Jo-ann Osborne is the Assistant Principal at Arranounbai School where she also teaches an Autism Intervention class for students K-2, coordinates the Wellbeing Team, the PBL (Positive Behaviour for Learning)  Team and is an integral member of the Learning Support Team. Jo-ann has been recognised with a  Professional Service Award from Autism Spectrum Australia or her 'work in the field of autism spectrum disorders in recognition of an exceptional contribution towards improving the quality of life of people with an autism spectrum disorder'.  She has been working in special education for 17 years and is passionate about providing opportunities for students to access mainstream learning and gain stronger understanding of their own wellbeing and strategies to promote character strengths.

About Allyssa Nelson

Allyssa Nelson is currently the assistant principal at Thornton Public School with 20 years of experience in education. Allyssa’s original goal, when entering into the teaching profession was aiming for principalship. It was in the pursuit of reaching this pinnacle, that Allyssa realised her true calling was in student wellbeing and working directly with children. Beginning her career in a small school, situated within a socio-economically diverse community, Allyssa experienced first-hand the impact wellbeing had on student’s learning and success. Over her career, Allyssa could see the varying degrees of wellbeing in students and saw the need for consistency in schoolwide systems and practices to support students. Her passion and drive have led to her taking up a role of Wellbeing AP (an off-class position), in a large school setting. Allyssa’s role encompasses working with a teacher trained in play therapy, the school counsellor, external agencies, staff and parent bodies and most importantly, first-hand with students. Allyssa has completed her own research into structures and systems that best support wellbeing and is a qualified Wellbeing Framework Facilitator. Allyssa is trained in Trauma Informed Practices, including the Berry Street Education Model, is a Kids Matter Co-ordinator, has completed training in various wellbeing systems and practices and continually strives to increase her knowledge, skills and understanding to best support and monitor student wellbeing.