Secondary – Pastoral

As the end of Semester 1 draws to a close it’s an opportunity to reflect on the many things achieved so far this year.

Covid-19 could be described as having one of the biggest impacts on learning over the last 50 years. Everyone had to make considerable change and our students were forced into a mixture of online and in school learning. Our staff worked extremely hard to ease the pressure on our students and it was very pleasing to see them rise to the occasion during such adversity. Our cohort took the change in their stride and were able to meet the challenges forced upon them.

They have definitely earned their upcoming break.

The adversity experienced this semester can have hidden or delayed impacts so it’s important for parents to closely monitor our young adults during the break. Take the time to ask them to reflect on all that has happened so far this year. Ask them what worked well for them, have they changed as a person, has their learning style changed and most importantly where are they at with their mental health?

If students are needing support with their mental health over the break there are some great resources for youth mental health Headspace.  At the same time our school psychologist will be waiting to assist when students return.

During these times we seek guidance from our lord and reflect on his word. Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

It’s also important to remember the words of our Bishop, “We’re the Anglican Church, we’re here for you.”

Have a great break everyone and we look forward to seeing the students refreshed and ready for the start of Semester 2.

Mark Durie
Dean of Students