High School 6/5/22: Parent resources to support children

Welcome back to a busy Term 2.  We have a lot of things happening this term, with the Musical, NAPLAN exams for Years 7 and 9. For Year 10, HSC Minimum Standards testing and Subject Selection. Years 11 and 12 will have a Parent / Teacher evening towards the end of Term 2. All these events are found on the School App and will be advertised in the coming weeks.

The most important evening in the school calendar is our first live Parent Webinar. It is for all parents and will be looking at the issues around Pornography and social media.  We have Dr Marshall Ballantine-Jones speaking with us as an introduction to Digihelp, which is a program that is starting this year in our Year 5 to 10 PDHPE programs.  This is the BIGGEST ISSUE that influences respectful relationships in our younger generation. The Parent Seminar is on Monday 23rd May at 7pm. Register for the seminar here

At the end of last term, we had our first Parent Webinar on Stress and Anxiety, and it provided some practical tips for you to discuss and try at home. Below is a recap of the webinar.

Understanding Stress

“Stress is our body’s response to a demand placed on it. Stress is often confused with anxiety, but stress is not a diagnosable mental illness. Stress is a normal condition, experienced by everyone. It involves an emotional, physical or mental response to events that cause bodily or mental tension.”

The video provides an analogy of a bucket and how it fills with various things that stress us and how we need to find ways to reduce our stress, and in the analogy, that is the taps.  Some of the taps are great as in the below diagram, but we need to be aware of false taps that don’t help with our stress.

Watch the video on Understanding Stress

The second video talks about thinking traps that are negative thought patterns that prevent us from seeing things as they really are. Last term we looked at building positive habits and conversations that we can have with our child/ren around the comments they make about themselves. This video looks at jumping to conclusions and the problems that can cause, when we assume we know what someone else is thinking and thus make unrealistic predictions about what will happen in the future.

The WCCS SchoolTV website also has an article on 10 scientifically proven ways to reduce stress.

I look forward to seeing you in Week 5 at the Parent Seminar. 

Kindest Regards,

Anthony Hudson
High School Deputy Principal

Matthew 6:34 is “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”