Secondary School NewsMay 08, 2020
Welcome to Term 2
Firstly, I would like to make special mention of all the young ladies who are not present with us on campus due to a variety of reasons – we miss you and can’t wait until you are back. To the parents who are assisting their children with online learning, thank you. We are encouraging the girls who are online learning to stick to their daily timetable and to make sure that they are checking their emails and checking in with their teachers. If you or your daughter are having any concerns, please email the staff r myself.
The young ladies in Years 7-10 who are on campus, are completing their lessons online. They are happy to be back but seem to be missing their friends.
Our Year 11s and 12s who are back are doing face to face learning with their teacher, who is also ‘zooming’ in the students who cannot be back with us yet. The young ladies I have spoken to, though happy to be back, are anxious about what is going to happen regarding (now this is the order they put it in) leavers, getting their drivers licence, exams and completing the required hours for their CERTs – (which I have told them to speak to Mrs Almond about).
As we all row through these uncharted waters, it is good to remember that our young ladies are exactly that, young – and we need to provide them with as much support as possible. I have included some handy sites that help deal with anxiety and the unknown which parents may find useful when helping and supporting their daughters.
- Schooltv.me https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus
- Beyond Blue https://healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/age-6-12/mental-health-conditions-in-children/what-to-look-for
With so much emphasis on online learning, to assist all of the young ladies, it is vital that they have screen-free time. At school, those girls completing their lessons online are asked at the end of each lesson to stand up and walk around; otherwise, some of them are sitting for nearly half the day. I have been encouraging those studying at home to do the same as well and go for a walk in the afternoons. It is useful during these times to also have screen-free hours on the weekends and rest active brains and eyes.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns regarding your daughter and her well-being.
Head of Secondary School