Launching SchoolTV – Partnering with Parents
Welcome back to all families as we look forward to another year of sharing in the care and growth of your daughters. The buzz in the air around the school grounds this week has been palpable – it is indeed a reminder of the need to celebrate the energy and enthusiasm that our young people bring to this community.
A unique aspect of our Pastoral Care roles is the privilege of working in partnership with families. In this year of celebrating the value of Sincerity we continue to nurture this relationship, as together we work to grow our girls as independent and confident women of truth and compassion. As we are aware, young people today are faced with wonderful opportunities; yet at times, there may be challenges as they work to balance the demands of study, extra-curricular activities and a healthy social life. The upper primary and adolescent years are a time of rapid growth and change and it is often during this period that some concerns may surface. Parents and educators are well positioned to support young people during these years. At a time when the wellbeing of our youth has never been more challenged, staying connected with your daughter and keeping abreast of the challenges she may be facing is particularly important and provides her with a sense of security and confidence.
In order to assist our parents in navigating their way through the challenges of modern-day parenting, I am pleased to inform you that Loreto Normanhurst will be providing access to SchoolTV, a digital platform which aims to inform and empower parents in dealing with the issues faced by today’s youth. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.
SchoolTV aggregates information from many leading organisations and offers useful articles, fact sheets, apps, websites and other recommended video content. This creates an easy to access resource at your fingertips, providing accessible and empowering information in a unique and easy to understand manner.
SchoolTV is now available for the Loreto Normanhurst community and we launch with two editions: ‘School Transitions’ and ‘Surviving Year 12’ – addressing topic areas that we know all our families will appreciate at this time.
SchoolTV can be accessed at any time via this link, which you are advised to bookmark for easy access in the future.
Whether it is starting at a new school for the first time, moving up to a higher year group or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and they may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Surviving Year 12
It was wonderful to have so many parents attend our Year 12 Parent Information session ‘The Year Ahead’ on Wednesday night. You and your daughter were provided with useful information and strategies to navigate the year ahead. As we heard, the HSC year is a time of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life and it is often a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their daughter during this time. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and do hope that you find the information and the resources available within the links valuable. If you have any concerns about your daughter at any time throughout the year, or would like further information, please so not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Lynn Long
Director of Pastoral Care