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Student Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

An introduction from Chris O'Sullivan, Deputy Principal Pastoral Care 7-12

Covenant is passionate about the wellbeing of our entire school community, which is why we have a specialist Pastoral Care team, including trained counsellors, to ensure staff, students and families are appropriately supported, particularly during this time.  

We are living in a time of unprecedented change, but what doesn't change is our belief in our God who is always our refuge and strength. Home-based learning will bring new challenges and we want to walk alongside you and support you during this time.  

Pastoral Care will look very different during this season of home-based learning. Students may still need advice about a variety of things ranging from school work and physical wellbeing, to family dynamics and mental health. Parents will be able to help in many instances. But you may also need our support, just as we will need yours. We are here to help!   

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Building super resilience in our children during COVID-19

“I would like to commend this video to you. Amy Wheaton, an ex-student and now a practising Clinical Psychologist and a Christian has shared it to help equip families with simple but lasting strategies to build “super resilience” into our children now and into the future. Amy explains how routines and structures along with strong personal values will help us transcend and overcome fears and difficulties.In our community our values are, of course, centred on our faith in God.”
Chris O'Sullivan, Deputy Principal Pastoral Care 7-12

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A special message for Year 12

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Who can I contact?

The wellbeing of each Junior School student is catered for primarily by their classroom teachers. If needed, additional support is available from the school counsellors. Email the Office to get in touch with one of the counsellors.

In Secondary School, the Pastoral Care Coordinators and Deputy Principal Pastoral Care can be contacted via email below. Alternatively call (8459 4200) or email the Office to leave a message for one of the staff members below. 

Pastoral Care Year Coordinators: 

Deputy Principal Pastoral Care - Mrs Chris O’Sullivan

This team will listen and provide advice and may refer you to others who can also assist. 

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Daily Routines

How the day should look will depend on your household and the stage of learning of your children. Most students can access their learning at any point during the day which should provide added flexibility. 

Being physically active at this time is both helpful for the mental and physical health of children. For optimal health benefits, children should have the recommended balance of high physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and sufficient sleep each day. 

We recommend:

  • 60 minutes or more of moderate physical activity.
  • Breaking up long periods of sitting as often as possible.
  • Limiting sedentary recreational screen time to no more than two hours per day.
  • 9-11 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night for those aged 5-13, and 8-10 hours per night for those aged 14-17.
  • Consistent bed and wake-up times.
  • Taking breaks! It is really important to remember that students and parents will need a break! Go outside, dig in the garden, jump on the trampoline, have a family Bible quiz, cook together. These are enriching and important activities. 

Click here for more information about physical activity guidelines.  

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Helpful Resources

There are many resources available to assist families at this time. At this stage we have listed only a small number below. However, over the coming weeks we will continue to add to this list. Your church will most likely have information and support for you too.  

Parents can help by modelling resilience, seeking help when needed, avoiding sensational news and social media items and observing safe social media use. Talk of COVID-19 all the time can be overwhelming. Be kind to each other, encourage each other in our community by prayer, word and deed.  

Covenant Community Devotions

This is a wonderful new resource for our families during this time of Flexible Learning. As a new way of connecting with one another, our Knowing God Coordinator Jason Marriott, will bring us a devotion every Tuesday and Thursday. Watch now >

Resources for parents

COVID-19 resources for parents

Mental health resources for students 

Resources for coping with COVID-19

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