Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I wanted to thank you for your trust and support during a time when we have all needed to make adjustments to the way we live our lives. Please be assured that we are encouraging the boys to dig deep and draw on their strengths as they face the challenges of this current lockdown. We are so proud of the ways in which they have engaged with Off-Campus Learning. During times such as these it is important to take one day at a time, and look for ways to express gratitude and hope, recognising that on some days there will be difficult emotions. Last week we checked in with the boys in relation to their wellbeing and were delighted to receive feedback indicating that the boys are managing the transition well, indicating that they had had a good week, were mostly on top of their work and were feeling good at the end of the first week of Term. If you notice that your son is not his usual self please reach out for some support. Our College counsellors are offering appointments both on site and via Zoom, you can contact them directly via the College office or via your son’s Year Coordinator. Alternatively, please feel free to contact your son’s Year Coordinator or myself for support.
The opportunity to slow down, live life at a somewhat slower pace, and spend more time as a family are just some of the benefits of this lockdown time. The benefits of walking, talking and appreciating our environment are important for our wellbeing and there is much research to suggest that this can help to lift our mood and promote a sense of calm, which is particularly important at this time. During these difficult times I encourage you to practice acts of gratitude, celebrate the positives and look forward with hope to times when we welcome the boys back to school.
Michael Grose, parenting expert, provides some advice for parents as we ‘ride the Covid wave’.
Director of Pastoral Care & Wellbeing