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As One - We've Got This!

Welcome back to an extraordinary term that promises countless opportunities for the College to continue to build positive partnerships between home and school. There is no doubt that for some boys, the return to school will be welcome and exciting but others will feel anxious, reluctant, or overwhelmed. Indeed, our Seniors’ Theme of ‘As One’ is a wonderful mantra that reminds us of the supportive partnership between staff, students and families.

So, what might be your supporting role in this partnership? ‘As One’ it is important that he attends. There is a greater risk of your son being out of school relative to the risks of being in school. ‘As One’ be positive about returning to school. Listen to any concerns your son may have and respond in a calm, supportive and reassuring way. Remind them about the positives and that it is normal to feel anxious and that our amazing staff are there to support them.

Covid-safe Awareness

‘As One’ explain how school will be different such as the need to wear masks and keep a distance from mates and teachers at times. Remind them that good hygiene practices such as handwashing and covering a cough are in place to keep themselves, their mates and staff safe.

Routines

‘As One’ re-establish routines regarding diet, sleep, bedrooms, uniforms, etc. as they provide certainty and security. Regular exercise can boost self-esteem, help concentration and improve sleep. Check the ATC App for Athletic Development sessions and the Sport Timetable.

Stay Calm

‘As One’ stay calm and allow time for your son to transition and settle back to school. Remind them about what they are doing well, and how they are coping with the challenges and expectations. ‘As One’ give it time. The transition from summer holidays will take time and every boy will be different.

Physical & Emotional Wealth

‘As One’ keep an eye on their physical health, learning, emotions and behaviour as they will be particularly tired over the first month. It will be a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Students will need to get used to learning with others and working through a full day of classes. They may also need time to adjust to being around mates, especially if friendships and relationships have changed over the holidays. Students who are new to the College will explore growing connections depending on their confidence and capacity.

Stress

‘As One’ monitor signs of stress and anxiety to gauge if your son needs extra support from you. Remind them that it is normal to feel overwhelmed at times and encourage them to talk about how they are feeling and let them know you are always there to listen. If you are concerned, please make contact with their Homeroom Teacher, Formation Leader or respective School Counsellor.

CLICK HERE to view our SchoolTV special report ‘The Wellbeing Barometer from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Seek Help

‘As One’ get help if you need it. If you are concerned about your son’s physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, you can also talk with your GP. Your son can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636, or Headspace on 1800 650 890.

Self-care

‘As One’ it is important that you look after yourself throughout the term. It will also help you give your son the support they need. If you’re feeling stressed or have anxiety about the situation, try talking to a family member, a trusted friend or your GP. You can also call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Plan

‘As One’ create a plan. This can reduce stress and anxiety by adding structure and routine to new, changed or uncertain situations. Allow time for play, relaxation and homework, as well as some tasks around the home which are suitable for your son’s age and stage of development.

Most importantly, remember, ‘As One’ we’ve got this! See you onsite Monday 7 February.

Conor Finn
Dean of Formation