Kindness might just beat this lockdown fatigue

There is a lot of fatigue going around this lockdown, and any novelty of being at home has definitely worn off.  This is why it is is so important to try to lean on hope, kindness, and relationships to navigate our way through this period. We are not all in the same boat, but we are all in this same storm, and its navigation is … Continue reading Kindness might just beat this lockdown fatigue

Maintaining wellbeing and mental health

Wellbeing and mental health are everywhere now. Our awareness of its importance in not only students’ lives, but everyone’s, has become the second biggest issue during the COVID-19 crisis, after hand washing.  On the plus side, there is so much information about protecting our mental health during physical distancing and social isolation. For me, it’s almost been too much. We can fall into rabbit holes … Continue reading Maintaining wellbeing and mental health

Wellbeing in the time of COVID-19

While we constantly scroll our phones and wait for updates on COVID-19, it can be very easy to succumb to total anxiety. As parents, teachers and a school community, it is important to remember some basic wellbeing strategies we can use when talking to teenagers about what is going on.  Dr Michael Carr-Gregg discusses what parents can do on our School TV channel. You can … Continue reading Wellbeing in the time of COVID-19

The importance of social connection during physical distancing

As we shift to remote learning, students will for the most part stay home to promote physical distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is now more important than ever that we continue to promote social connectedness during this spatial distance.  As the inevitable shift to remote learning loomed, I appreciated the moments I could interact with students – even a small chat … Continue reading The importance of social connection during physical distancing

The wellbeing of our children in uncertain times

​It is true to say we are currently living in a very uncertain world. This uncertainty is not just due to the worldwide pandemic and the effect this health crisis is having on our community. It is also how this situation has changed our whole way of living. I am sure that many of you are already seeing some positives in this situation. For example, … Continue reading The wellbeing of our children in uncertain times

Regaining the art of telephone conversation

​”I literally don’t know how to talk on the phone” was not a statement I expected to hear from a Year 12 student this week. Remote teaching can lead to conversations with students about how they are settling into social distancing. The students can learn there are some things Snapchat, TikTok and group chats can’t teach.  The other day I was in the car and … Continue reading Regaining the art of telephone conversation