Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, all schools are now in student free mode leading up to the school holidays. Families may be feeling unsure about how to support their student’s learning and wellbeing at this time and in the future, especially with ever-changing restrictions.
Many students may be coping with the changes quite well, while some may present as more anxious. Some may act as though they are feeling fine about it, but actually feel quite a lot of insecurity and worry which they are hiding. It is important to ensure that we give them the opportunity to talk about their feelings and ask questions and that we answer in a calm, relaxed and generally positive and hopeful way. Many can easily notice nonverbal cues when adults are feeling stressed, so to avoid passing on your stress to them, look after yourself and practice your own positive and healthy relaxation strategies. It is important also to keep up and encourage a healthy lifestyle with sleep, diet and exercise, connect with family and friends via phone and online and limit media exposure – both for your own mental health, and for your student’s as well.
Parents may find that some student behaviours at home may change or become more difficult; this can be common for adolescents but may be more so when they are going through an unsettling time. You can support them by spending time with them, checking in emotionally, doing fun things together like playing games and validating their feelings. Having daily routines will contribute to a sense of predictability and control in spite of external uncertainties.
If you would like specific assistance to support your student’s mental health and wellbeing over the coming months please contact your student’s Guidance Officer.
KSHS Guidance Officers
Mary Campanella (Years 7-9) & Finlay Lester (Years 10-12)