Last week I wrote about how balanced and positive parental involvement is vital for the success of a child. It was interesting to hear this week that parents really valued the work that we have started by bringing in Clive Leach to talk to teachers and parents about Positive Relationships and Well-being. The challenge now is to take that to the next level and embed it into school culture. We have many important initiatives that are aimed at helping our students to achieve academic success as well as develop the personal, social, health and economic awareness skills (PSHE) that they need for life.
Parents often ask about our Key Stage 3 PSHE programme and this year’s can be found on our website by following the link at the bottom of this page. Additionally, in the coming weeks we have a number of projects aimed across the year groups that also have parental sessions attached. We will be highlighting to Year 9 and above the dangers of drinking and drugs in Shanghai and we are also working with a local healthcare specialist to put on a number of sessions to help parents identify common problem areas of their children’s well-being.
It is ‘normal’ for a few teenagers in the 20th century to not always recognise the positives of living in any community, even our safe international community. We are therefore, proposing to have some parental sessions that can cover a wide range of issues (or more focused range of issues depending on demand) from body image, depression and self-harming to sexuality. A child’s mental well-being can often be something that is very hard to judge and manage. Young people go through the hormonal changes of teenage life and become more and more aware of peer whims and influences, are affected by the looming impact of exams, university, young adulthood or of course just a change of environment such as arriving or leaving China. Since we are providing this as a parental education topic we are more than happy to start gathering information or questions that you would like to have covered.
The plan is to bring in a licensed clinical Psychotherapist who is experienced in children, family and relocation issues. Just as we give students the chance to feedback on lessons, learning and clubs, this is a chance to build on the feedback from Parent Representative Meetings, the PTA and room parent networks and give you the chance tell us what you would like covered in these well-being sessions. You can go so far as to ask specific questions that you would like the visiting expert to answer openly for the good of all. An email has been set up for this purpose firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you appreciate this chance and we can act and react to any of the issues that parents want to cover either on the day or in future sessions.
We continue to work on the well-being of all our staff and students and we are also looking to widen the number of teachers who have basic counselling skills to help further support our students while in school. Have a great weekend and please do use the well-being email to suggest questions and topics you would like covered as a parent body.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary