Important message for parents/caregivers of Year 9 students

By Rob Wither | Posted: Thursday March 2, 2023

An introduction to the Travellers survey and program.


Travellers survey has been running at OBHS since 2020. Covid, like it has for most things, has had an impact in terms of running the Travellers program and it's hoped this year we will run the full program rather than just running the survey.

As a pastoral team, we have been looking at innovative ways to try and improve on our pastoral support mechanisms for your son's potential wellbeing while they are studying at OBHS. That they can just get on with what really matters, which is being happy while learning, making new friends and while being an active participant in a multitude of both sporting and cultural activities that are offered by our school.

Hence, this initiative of the Travellers program which in a nutshell will allow our team the chance to know your son better at an earlier stage. We can be more effective and efficient, in terms of our pastoral support that can be offered, if it was ever necessary for him while attending OBHS.

Below are some details on the Travellers program and the research methodology behind this program. This is provided in the form of a quick summary and followed with much more details in two hyperlinks below.

What is it?

Travellers is a pastoral program involving a digital wellness survey (that remains confidential to the pastoral team) initially sat by students that gives the pastoral team a two fold opportunity to support. A further insight into the various changes and/or concerns students may have had around various life events in the past. Then to be in a better position to offer further support if necessary on a pastoral level in the future.

Secondly, to give the option, based on the survey results of an 8 week (one session a week) resilience based program (that will require both student and parental permission) that we believe may be of benefit for the selected students.

In general terms, Travellers is now in approximately 180 secondary schools throughout NZ, including prominent single sex boys schools and has been operating for the last 30 years successfully. It is an evidence based program that was originally designed by mental health professionals. I have worked with this program for a number of years in various schools and can attest to its effectiveness on a pastoral level for students.

Further detailed information on the Travellers program, please click on the link -

If you are interested in the research methodology for this program and it's ongoing effectiveness, please click on the following link -

In the coming weeks we will survey our Year 9 students with the online Travellers wellbeing survey (which remains confidential to the pastoral team).

In the event that you have any concerns or issues with your son's participation in this survey, please feel free to contact me on my email [email protected]