From the College Counsellors

We welcomed students back on site this week and it was especially lovely to see some cheerful and familiar faces.

Transitioning back to face-to-face learning can be a real challenge for some students, whilst others will thrive and feel energised being back in the class environment and amongst their peers. There is no right or wrong reaction; everyone will adjust in their own time and experience the transition differently.

We thought it might be helpful to outline some ways to foster a smooth transition back to school.

Validate feelings

For some teens, returning to school may produce feelings of anxiety and ambivalence. Allow them space to express their worries or negative feelings but try to remain calm and positive. Validate their feelings and acknowledge any frustrations and challenges. It will be tough and frustrating at times wearing masks and adjusting to new school routines and rules.


Connecting with peers and teachers when returning to school is incredibly important, as it allows your teen to feel safe, secure and valued. These connections will foster supportive relationships and hopefully re-engage them in school.


Having a consistent and predictable schedule provides students with a sense of safety and security. Encouraging your teen to have a consistent routine now that they are back to school can enable a speedier adjustment to school life again.


COVID-19 has been hard for us all. Be prepared to see some behavioural changes in your teens. Try to remember that behaviour always communicates a message. Think about what your teen is trying to communicate and try your best to meet that need. Your teen may be more irritable or lethargic. Be patient, avoid reacting and be kind to yourself.


Do frequent check ins with yourself across the day, notice your own emotional state and remember that it is OK to feel worried or overwhelmed. Take breaks as needed and communicate to others around you what you are experiencing, so you can be supported in the process.

Teens may need help and tips to manage their stress. This can look like taking breaks, mindfulness, and getting back into hobbies and sports that they love.

Actively monitor any changes in behaviour in your teens if they are particularly anxious and act early by talking to someone to access help.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the College Counsellors if you have any concerns or need additional support transitioning your daughter back to school:

Ms Louise Scuderi and Ms Monica Rogenmoser, College Counsellors

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