Lynfield Community CoLab

The Problem

Steve and his team think it is unacceptable that many conversations never get actioned. Unfortunately, when they started the project, consultation was a focus rather than engagement at his school, most decisions did not go past the SLT or faculty leaders, and student wellbeing was problematic. Steve and his team believed that their school lacked a focus on the students’ school experiences. They believe in a school where all stakeholders have a say in the purpose of their school.

The Team’s Solution

The key to Steve’s team’s solution was developing a community engagement process to co-create the direction of the school. The project is ongoing but they are already seeing a massive impact!

The team’s solution worked in four phases: Phase 1 was gathering community voice, surveying students, staff and parents, and creating a focus group of staff and students. Phase 2 involved analysis of survey results to uncover the main themes. Phase 3 was a two hour meeting involving students, parents and staff, using design thinking processes to improve well-being. Phase 4 involves implementing the best ideas from the innovation phase.

The Team’s Impact

So far the team’s initiatives have impacted 17 students who were involved in the innovation hui. The impact of the ideas they helped develop will be measured next year. Additionally, 145 parent surveys were returned in Phase 1, which was the largest survey return in some time.

“A year 12 student, when asked ‘what do you want?’ replied ‘more of this.’ He meant more of an opportunity to discuss, share, and plan as an equal with staff.”

Like the idea?

Steve and his team would love your support for Lynfield Community CoLab, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and they’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where they can. Shoot an email to if you want to get in touch with Steve and his team and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer them on in the comments below as well.

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Developed in collaboration with our epic partner, 21c skills lab.

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