November 17, 2020

From the Deputy (Wellbeing)

A Message from the Deputy Principal (Wellbeing), Peter Augustin

Dear Families, 

Thank you for the amazing work that you are doing caring, nurturing and being present to our students at Assumption College. This hasn’t been an easy task and I know that you have had to live through the ups and downs and celebrate the small wins whenever and wherever you can. Fostering a growth mindset has never been more important and we thank you for your patience and understanding, in being dynamic with how you have managed and dealt with the many changes throughout the term. Please see below some opportunities to learn and reflect on how you can continue to be a positive influence to your sons and daughters.     

Adam Voigt Parent Sessions

Over the past three years Assumption College has been working with Educational Expert, Adam Voigt, in developing and embedding Restorative Practices in all areas of our school. Last year he presented to over 100 Assumption College parents explaining why Restorative Practices is the recommended philosophy regarding approaching student behaviour management in Catholic Schools. Whilst Adam has been working with the staff and students in an online capacity throughout the year, we’re thrilled to be offering two parent sessions over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Details (see fliers on the main page for log in details). 

Register here:
Year 7-9, Tuesday 8 Sep Registration Link and Video invite
Year 10-12, Tuesday 15 Sep Registration Link and Video invite

Riding the Corona Coaster

Across Victoria, students and their families are experiencing challenging times with the state being in various stages of lockdown yet again. However, this second wave of the pandemic is now also beginning to impact other areas of Australia and New Zealand. Riding this “corona coaster” and navigating the ups and downs of the current reality, is proving to be confronting for many people. The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down with some students returning to remote learning and parents continuing to juggle the home environment.

The uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next may have an impact on many students and their families. There is a concern that mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse, will increase, especially amongst young people. In the coming weeks, it will be vital for adult carers to reduce the stress levels at home and make life seem more manageable. 

As an adult carer, it will also be essential to look after your own wellbeing during this time. Ensure you make time to de-escalate your own nervous system and maintain your sleep routine, healthy eating habits, get some regular exercise and reach out virtually to friends and family.

In this Special Report, families are encouraged to embrace the guidance offered to help minimise the impact of this “corona coaster”. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report here, and as always, we welcome your feedback. 

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Warm Regards,

Peter Augustin, Deputy Principal (Wellbeing)

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