We recognize that anxiety is real, that it is a growing concern in the world, and that it can affect any family or group in society.
It is not a new condition, but the pressure of doing life in the 21st Century has contributed to increasing the number of people who suffer from anxiety at some level. A global pandemic and its related impact on our society, has just added another layer of concern that can cause anxiety and fear.
Recognising this, we are pleased to announce several new initiatives to help support students, and their families, in our community.
For the students: A new Primary Counsellor
We have had the services of a Chaplain, Mr Brian David, and a Counsellor, Mrs Luzi (working across both Campuses) for a long time, with great success. More recently we saw the need for a Counsellor dedicated to Primary students specifically. We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new counselor, Mrs Maureen Du Preez, who is well qualified and experienced in this position. She will be introduced to the students next Friday when she commences at the College.
For Teachers: Training to support students with anxiety
On the recent Pupil free day, the staff was involved in a workshop presented by Karen Easter, from Strategies 4 life. The training incorporated time for teachers to share their observations with the view that this will inform Karen’s planning for a training session to be presented to MCC Primary parents. The Strategies 4 life website states: “Karen specialises in relief from the feelings of anxiety, managing stress, and improving relationships.” She comes highly recommended by people in the field that we trust; and we as a staff can now in turn recommend her, with great confidence, in light of our experience during the training.
For Parents: Coming soon – watch this space! AND the next 10 Newsletters
Soon you, our parents, will receive notification of a workshop for parents presented by Karen Easter. Karen will provide parents with strategies to support children to feel more confident and to develop resilience. Included will be ideas to help students to learn how to regulate their own emotions and to build a toolkit for reducing anxious thinking. We would like everyone who can join us on the day to do so.
Further, Karen will be contributing a series of articles to our College Newsletter over the next few months. For a sneak preview of who she is read her introductory article in this newsletter: Strategies 4 life.
Antionette Wilson (Head of Primary)