Supporting Senior Students’ Wellbeing in 2021 and Beyond
The culmination of schooling is an important time for all students. This time of year is usually punctuated with an anticipated series of ‘lasts’ including school leadership, sports carnivals, tours and competitions, co-curricular activities, productions, a valedictory event, and possibly a formal.
With so many changes taking place this year, students may be feeling emotions including stress, fear, uncertainty, frustration, anger, and disappointment. It’s important that students know these feelings are normal and encourage them to seek help through the College’s internal wellbeing pathways (eg, tutor teachers, Heads of House, Head of 10-12, and the College Psychologist).
Despite the remote learning environment for many students, connection still remains one of the strongest protective factors and predictors of wellbeing, especially in times of change. Teachers are always looking for opportunities to create connections with students for non-academic interactions can support students experiencing extended learning from home. This same connection to classroom teachers and wellbeing leaders is essential.
Engaging in daily or weekly acts of kindness can enable students to support others and to gain a sense of control. Participating and expressing gratitude can help students to refocus on the positives.
Focusing on personal successes (no matter how small) and long-term goals will support students’ sense of achievement and help maintain their wellbeing.
Calling upon and developing students’ wellbeing literacy through accessing external resources can also support their self-efficacy, for example, Beyond Blue Youth, Head to Health, Office of the eSafety Commissioner, ReachOut or Smiling Mind.
Ms Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary