A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Marion, South Australia
Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Wellbeing - Edition 1 - 2019

The Resilience Project

2019 sees us move into our second year of using The Resilience Project curriculum. The curriculum worked very well for us in 2018 and the developers are continually updating and improving it. Teachers participated in an enjoyable and inspiring session prior to the students coming back this year, where the importance of supporting students’ wellbeing was again emphasised and where they were further equipped to do just this.

SchoolTV

With the new year now well underway, I want to remind of you the great parenting resource at your fingertips, called SchoolTV. Please look for the link in the eNews or see below.

This month’s edition is appropriately concerned with transitions. Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade 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. It means your children are growing up!

However, this transition is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and 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.

If you have any concerns about your child, remember that you can contact the school through a number of avenues such as class teacher, Head of House, Head of Wellbeing or the School Psychologist

Here is the link to this month's edition - https://westminster.sa.schooltv.me/newsletter/school-transitions

Parent Book Club

Last year we began holding a parent book club once a term. Our intended focus is issues related to parenting, but rather than just reading “how to” kinds of books, we have decided to branch into fiction for our first book this year. We will be looking at the book “The Slap” by Christos Tsiolkas. The first meeting will be held in Week 6 on Thursday 7 March, in the Haslam Library (Prep Library) at 7.00 pm. This is open to all parents and staff in the school community. If you plan to be there, please RSVP to me by Friday 1 March, T: 08 8276 0395 or via Email.

I am looking forward to another full and rewarding year and the opportunity to interact with many of you in a variety of ways as we seek to work together for the best outcomes for our students.

Liz Collins
Head of Wellbeing