I hope you are all managing the challenges of these times.
We are inviting families to have a wellbeing no device day this coming Friday. Instead of doing 'school work', we want our families to do the important work of that day - taking care of their wellbeing. Many families have felt the pressure of lockdown and remote learning and we are listening to your feedback.
RUOK? Day was very prominent this year. Even more so, I feel, because of the widely agreed need to take care of our wellbeing. The focus of the initiative is to bring about conversations including those around our mental health. The current circumstances are unprecedented in the lives of most generations in Australia. We are all experiencing things for which we don't have a 'roadmap'. Much of what is affecting us is around what we are missing, our friends and our freedoms. We are certainly not used to this and it has been a huge adjustment. We feel a sense of loss and separation. Because of the extended period of lockdown these feelings have crept up and we can be at a loss as to know whether we are actually going ok or whether we are more affected than we realise. We are not all used to assessing our own mental health.
But how do we assess our own wellbeing and mental health? Perhaps those around us can provide us with some insight. We have recently asked for some online feedback from our school community around remote learning. Asking those closest to you for some feedback on your wellbeing might start a very beneficial conversation. "How do you think I am managing at the moment?" might be a good starter question. Perhaps this Friday or before, start up one of these conversations. Create an atmosphere that is calm and open. Ask your kids even. They often can cut through and provide us with amazing insights!
Enjoy Friday and the school holidays. For all you parents, you are probably looking forward to a holiday from school work yourselves! Thank you so much for your cooperation and appreciation as we work together for your children. News on what will happen as far as children in this LGA returning to school will be on the forefront of everyone's mind - ours as well. We all look forward to when they can safely return.