During this anxious, uncertain and ever changing time, I write to you on behalf of the Student Services Team to provide some guidance on responding to and supporting our students and families. I would also like to clarify how support can be accessed from Student Services staff.
1. EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIOUR
Adolescents are likely to be struggling just as much as adults are at this time. They are trying to make sense out of this with their not yet fully developed brains. They may experience a range of emotions and their vulnerability toward impulsivity and need to connect with their peers may increase their risk taking behaviours. It will be important to acknowledge your child’s feelings and views, focusing on what they can and cannot do. This will help them to regulate their emotions and help them to feel heard and supported. It won’t always be easy as some of their worries and concerns may come out in other emotions and frustration.
Your connection and communication with them will be very important at this time. It can be challenging at times to have influence over their conduct without a foundation of a good relationship to work from. There are a number of good resources and links that you can use to support you and your family through this time (see links below or the document attached).
2. SCHOOL WORK
In terms of school work, it is important to maintain routines and keep your child engaged with their education. It will be important to be FLEXIBLE. Sometimes the plan may need to be adjusted until the ‘thinking brain’ is switched back on.
Equally as important as learning, is having some FUN, interaction, physical activity and relaxation. Time spent engaging in these activities can be rejuvenating and can improve readiness to learn as well as learning outcomes.
3. CONTACTS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHEN SUPPORT IS NEEDED
Year Co-ordinators – The best first point of contact at school in regard to your child’s wellbeing is their Year Co-ordinator. The Year Co-Ordinator’s work closely with the School Psychologists and will pass on your requests for support where appropriate and where the matter cannot be addressed by a Year Co-ordinator.
Student Support Officer – Sean Dominish – Students can approach our Student Support Officer directly for support by calling our Student Services number 9495 3206.
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) – Shaq McKenzie – Students can approach our AEIO directly for support by calling our Student Services number 9495 3206.
If a student is already an existing client of our School Psychologist, then please contact the psychologist via email and they will return contact with you or arrange a phone call appointment with you.
Chaplain – Bron Przybyla – Students can approach our Chaplain directly for support by calling our Student Services number 9495 3206.
School Health Nurse –Susan Hawkins – Students can approach our Health Nurse directly for support by calling our Student Services number 9495 3206.
Best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time and thank you in advance for helping us to work most efficiently by following the school’s process.
Student Services Manager