As Dominicans, we are hope-filled people who look to the future with courage and this was reinforced last night during our Staying Connected webinar featuring Siena alumnae, staff and Bridget Hoy, of Year 12. It was wonderful to hear the many expressions of positivity, and some of the unexpected benefits the pandemic has brought.
This term we continue to see great resilience and agility in our students and staff. Participation in our wellbeing and extra curricular activities has been heartening, and I thank parents for the many positive messages of support and acknowledgment for the work done in this space.
In these strange and unpredictable times, it is normal for adults and children alike to be experiencing periods of worry, isolation and disconnection. We know however that our students take great comfort from knowing they are loved, appreciated, valued and connected – the essentials that every family unit can provide to instil stability. This situation has forced us all to stop, refocus, reset and use our own strengths whilst also perhaps recognising our frailties. Sharing and discussing these feelings can benefit not only you but those you love.
Recent studies have shown that daughters benefit greatly from having fathers who are present and involved in their everyday activities. Especially during adolescence, regular physical activity can play a key role in influencing children to learn self-control, face challenges, regulate emotions and take manageable risks. Additionally, girls regard their fathers as their first role model for the opposite gender, which gives our Dads a wonderful opportunity to have real impact in this regard.
This week’s School TV Report has some wonderful tips for fathers and a reminder to indulge in a little self-care for themselves, particularly during these stressful times.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in our Siena Community.