Head of Senior School
Feels Like Groundhog Day
After the lockdown in 2020 it is incredible that we are back into another one with remote learning again. As we have been here before, I suppose the good news is that we’ve learned from the previous experience and are better equipped to make the necessary adjustments this time around. The importance of routine, organisation, regular exercise, being proactive in reaching out and staying connected are things we learnt which are really helpful in effectively managing this situation.
Now is an excellent opportunity to talk to your children about what they are doing online. Make sure they are using safe and age-appropriate platforms and know the steps to take to stay safe online. Make sure they can talk to you about this without fear of getting into trouble if something online is making them feel uncomfortable.
Encouraging and reinforcing positive social values is extremely important. We all need to be kind, respectful and responsible whenever we are online. Understanding why this is so important can help keep your child safe online.
As students are spending more time on their devices during remote learning, it’s important that they are discerning about being on screens during their breaks and recreational time. Perhaps think about having no devices at dinner for the whole family or after a particular time. During our assembly this week I’ve gone as far as to recommending a screen free weekend! However, you are best placed to manage this, keeping in mind that your children do use their devices to connect with their friends and family.
It is crucial that you also find some time to do offline activities with children and encourage them to do things that we often don’t get a chance to, like baking, craft, art, and gardening. You might find that your children develop a new passion that isn’t online!
Should you seek help and assistance about cyber bullying, image-based abuse, illegal and harmful content, and adult online abuse, visit www.esafety.gov.au. If contact includes threats of harm, suspicion of grooming, and child exploitation, contact your local police or Crimestoppers immediately.
If your child requires help and support from a counsellor, either you or your child can contact their Head of House who will assist in arranging online counselling with our College Counsellors. Additionally the Kids Help Line can be contacted through https://kidshelpline.com.au/ or phone 1800 551 800
Mums and Dads, please look after yourselves too. Should you require help and support contact
Beyond Blue – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or 1300 224 636
Lifeline – https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or 131114
The New South Wales Education and Standards Authority (NESA) has started to announce alternate HSC plans for particular subjects specifically impacted by the current lockdown. We will be forwarding this information on your Parent Portal Newsfeed and in the Senior School Canvas Community Hub.