Message from Pastoral Care
Friendly tips regarding looking after your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others
We hope you are all keeping well and warm in this time of lockdown. There are some good sites to assist you if you want advice that is helpful for children learning from home:
Our whanau teachers, A.P, Deans, learning support teacher and school counsellor are also available via their school email if you need any family support:
firstname.lastname@example.org; AP/Pastoral Care
email@example.com School Counsellor
firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Dean
email@example.com Junior Dean
firstname.lastname@example.org Learning Support Coordinator
During an emergency event, our ways of engaging with one another may change and we need to adapt our cultural and traditional practices. It’s important to look after your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of your whānau and community during these times.
Some helpful steps to wellbeing:
· Connect with other people by phone, e-mail or txt or zoom
· Be physically active - walking, running, gardening.
· Learn new skills eg baking, knitting, new card games, building.
· Have some quiet time for yourself.
- Remember, you are not alone.
- Stick to a routine
- Be kind to yourself and others
Kindness and structure are the most important things for children during times of uncertainty. A stable routine and affection are just as important as learning.
Over this period, you may see some changes in behaviour such as moodiness, tears, or challenges with sleeping. Providing structure, giving children a sense of control and ownership over some parts of their day, and ensuring there is time for fun, may help to avoid stressful situations.
The links below also contain great ideas and resources to help families and whānau look after their own wellbeing.
· Oat the Goat - Bullying Free NZ website (Oat the Goat is a fun way for you and your child to spend time together learning about the power of kindness).
Please take time to have a look at the Wellbeing tip sheet attached and do not hesitate to contact any of our John Paul II staff if you have anything you would like to discuss.
Take care of each other and yourselves, kind regards.