Term 2 - Wellbeing | Siena College
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Remote Learning

Remote learning is now a reality for many parents as countries act to implement strategies in the prevention of COVID-19. The daunting task of establishing new routines and schedules, whilst juggling work responsibilities, could prove to be disruptive and challenging for families and schools.

Some young people will be transitioning seamlessly, whilst others may be struggling. Therefore, it is vitally important for parents to be vigilant in looking for signs of anxiety and depression. Parents will need to continue to be reassuring and supportive in this time of uncertainty and acknowledge that this may be a stressful time for students of all ages.

At Siena, we will be working hard behind the scenes to ensure our students’ academic and wellbeing needs are met, and parents will need to play a key role in providing them with the structure and groundwork for success. Young people will be looking towards their parents to keep things in context and help ease the transition to a different learning environment.

Parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to navigate this time of transition with minimal disruption in this SchoolTV Report. We hope you are able to take time to reflect on the information offered and invite you to contact us if you have any concerns for your daughter.

Wellbeing - Checklist for Secondary Students

The global pandemic is having a profound impact on our adolescents with many being forced to miss out on so many rites of passage. Some are becoming more anxious or depressed which is completely understandable given the current situation. However, should your teen display any unusual behaviour that lasts for more than two to three weeks this may be a cause for concern.

Research shows there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of teenagers developing a mental health problem. Some are set in stone, whilst others are modifiable. Adolescents are considered to be more at risk of anxiety and depression disorders which may affect their mood, thinking and behaviour. It can impact their ability to function and perform normal activities.

It is therefore vitally important for parents to remain vigilant during this time for any signs of distress, even though your adolescent may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder. Early intervention, diagnosis and treatment is more important than ever. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your teen focus on the things that they can control such as their learning, diet, exercise and sleep.

In this Special Report, parents will be provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern. We hope that this is helpful to you.

Antonella Rosati

Deputy Principal Wellbeing and Strategy
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