At Lourdes Hill College one of our central goals in planning and delivering our school programs during this time of COVID-19 has been to ensure our students are well-looked after in their health and well-being so they can best manage their schooling in positive and productive way no matter their circumstances. As parents and educators we can never underestimate the impact on students during this time and what they might be feeling about their response to the potentially unsettled world as they are experiencing or viewing.
Part of our College strategy was to carefully manage learning and assessment to reduce unnecessary stress while ensuring key learning continued, as well as developing our Connect@LHC program for delivery during the time of learning from home where students were able to access a fantastic range of virtual resources and activities from our co-curricula, sporting and cultural groups. This assisted students to maintain a sense of connection and enjoyment to these important aspects of schooling they might have been missing when not on campus. In addition, our latest Lourdes Hill College Inspiring Girls Blog sets out Top 10 tips by our College Clinical Psychologist Kristina Morgan for helping to develop the emotional skills teenagers need to set them up well for life.
As a compliment to these measures, we also invite you to read the latest research brief from the Alliance of Girls Schools. Their article Anxiety and depression during COVID-19: We’ve got this covered! (link here) provides research-based information and strategies for parents and educators to assist with encouraging our students to be mentally strong during this time and where to seek support if they need it.
Cathy Hains - Deputy Principal - Middle School