As the end of the school year approaches, it is important to understand the changes in environments that all schools go through. With senior students leaving to prepare and sit NCEA exams our students from years 7 – 10 are the only students at the school on a full-time basis. From a pastoral point of view, this becomes an important time for our younger students as the dynamics are significantly different with our seniors on study leave and sitting examinations.
Firstly, it is important and paramount that we check in and communicate with our boys around their well-being and mental health. For some of our younger students especially in junior school not having the seniors around can change this status quite significantly.
It is also vitally important that school routines such as correct uniform, good time management and positive and respectful behaviour are reinforced at home as well as school. With the change in environment as seniors have gone, our junior students are more inclined to think the school rules are more relaxed and don’t apply. So, reinforcement of this is much appreciated.
Finally, this is a time were social media and device activity increases amongst our younger students. Games like Fortnite and social platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, when not used properly can be detrimental to all involved. Monitoring your son’s device, their activity and screen time will be key in eliminating any negative and harmful events. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Chris Leader (Year 7 & 8 Dean)