The staff and I are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back to school from next week. However, we acknowledge that the children may be feeling a variety of emotions about returning which is very normal. Supporting children with their return to face-to-face learning in the classroom is extremely important, as while children and adolescents have a great deal of resilience, the longer days, changed routine and structure of school may impact some children more than others, causing stress and anxiety.
There are some useful strategies from the Australian Psychological Society, Relationships Australia NSW and Learning Links which may help you to support your child with their staggered transition back to school. I have included some of these below.
Reassure your child that it is safe to go to school
If your child is worried about the safety of returning to school, to help them feel safe, have a conversation with them explaining that:
Re-establish normal routines in the lead up to school
Create a Plan
Make a plan for the first day and first week of school. Planning can help reduce stress and anxiety by adding structure and routine to new, changed or uncertain situations.
If you feel that your child may require additional support with the transition back to the classroom, please contact your child’s classroom teacher; relevant Year Level Co-ordinator; Deputy Head of Junior School – Wellbeing, Alby Ingles; or me.
Head of Junior School Kew