Posted on: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Posted in: Senior School
As we head into the busier time of the term in preparation for the examination period, it was fortunate that a number of girls and their fathers/grandfathers got to hear from Psychologist Rebecca Maille last Tuesday at the Father Daughter Breakfast. She spoke about developing resilience and some of the strategies fathers/parents can use to promote resilience. “Resilience is the ability to cope with unexpected changes and challenges in your life. It’s not always possible to prevent stressful or adverse situations, but you can strengthen your capacity to deal with these challenges.”
There are a number of steps that your daughters can make in order to increase their natural threshold for stress. Having a good self-care routine is vitally important. Exercise is important as it increases the good hormones, serotonin and dopamine and helps to relieve the body of extra energy. We need to keep our bodies well fuelled regularly and not skip meals. Being grateful and having good relationships are also essential. One of the most important aspect is sleep, 8 to 10 hours sleep is recommended. It is a well-known fact that teenagers are the most sleep-deprived age group. This was certainly brought home in the Senior School last week as some students were overheard to say they had ‘pulled an all-nighter’ or stayed up until 4:30am, to complete work. Can I ask that you check in with your daughter and find out her self-care routine and that she is managing her workload in a timely fashion. Please contact your daughter’s Head of Year if you feel your daughter would benefit for some additional support.
At Senior School Assembly last week, I spoke about Layne Beachley and her achievements which are many and varied. One of her posts o. the Christmas holidays was very meaningful and relevant in today’s world. In it she stated “Before you speak, before you post on social media, before you act, ask yourself: is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? This world needs more compassion and kindness.”
We are very excited about the Breakfast on March 18 with Gemma Sisia, founder and CEO of the School of St Jude, whose motto is, ‘Fighting poverty through education’. Gemma’s journey from Australia to Tanzania and her desire to bring education to the very poor is inspirational. Details can be found on Parent Lounge. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Head of Senior School