A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Wellbeing - Edition 18 - 2023

SPECIAL REPORT: Coping with Isolation

Boarding schools offer a unique educational experience that often comes with a mix of advantages and challenges. One significant challenge many students face in such an environment is isolation.

Isolation in boarding schools is a common problem that can affect the emotional wellbeing and academic performance of young people. The causes of isolation can vary, from homesickness to social cliques and cultural differences. It can have far-reaching impacts on a child’s life and result in mental health issues, learning struggles, negative self-esteem, withdrawal and minimal engagement in extracurricular activities. However, with the right strategies and support in place, children can learn to cope with and overcome the challenges of isolation.

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in mitigating the isolation that their child may experience. There are several proactive steps that can be taken which require a combination of understanding, communication and practical strategies to ensure your child has a positive and fulfilling experience at boarding school.

Remember, every child is unique, and it's essential to adapt these strategies to your child's specific needs and personality. Boarding schools, educators, and parents need to work collaboratively to ensure all young people flourish and prosper during their time away from home.

This Special Report offers families useful strategies to help children cope with the challenges of isolation. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this special report https://westminster.sa.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coping-isolation

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Liz Collins
Head of Wellbeing
T: 08 8276 0395