On Friday, 14th October, Dr. Schmidt held a workshop on “Resilience Throughout Child Development”. Dr. Schmidt is a child- and youth psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Heidelberg. She has many years of experience and was able to share her knowledge with us in a very informative and interactive workshop.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back quickly from a difficult life event. Since parents play a big role in a child’s ability to recover quickly after a stressful moment, Dr. Schmidt gave some ideas of how to help children to build up resilience.
One of those ideas was “loving kindness”. A parent should fully concentrate on their child for 5-10 minutes each day. By observing and addressing what a parent sees and observes, you connect with your child, which leads into building up a feeling of warmth, trust and love. You can do this by playing a round of UNO with your child or when you pick up your child from school. It is important that you spend those 5-10 minutes daily and that your child is the centre of attention.
Thanks to everyone who attended the workshop and many thanks to our Whole School Counsellor, for organising this event.
October 5th is recognised by the UN as Teacher Day. This year the focus is around teachers in education recovery.
In spirit of wonderful teachers around the globe and at H.I.S., our parents were treated to a small talk around reading literacy from Anna Roscoe.
Anna is an H.I.S. parent, the literacy lead for the school and has lead efforts with staff and students to facilitate literacy skills across the developmental spectrum.
Parents reviewed approaches to reading with children, young and older as well as guided discussion around what works for them as they approach reading at home.
Next week on Friday, October 14th, at 8:45, our Student Support Team will continue the discussion with special local guest and therapeutic resource, Dr. Katharina Schmidt who will share her insight on “Resilience across the Developmental Ages.”
So spread the word, come and join us and bring a new or returning member of our community with you.
At the Heidelberg Tankturm, our Grade 11 students participated in a social-emotional counselling workshop facilitated by Susie March. The workshop allowed the large class to explore equality for persons; over a spectrum of gender, sexual orientation, race and with a disability.
They explored what can negatively affect inclusion by defining stereotypes and their origins coupled with the kinds of damage prejudices can cause across culture and experience. With this foundation, the class worked together to construct a healthy, trusting relationship between two persons. Then the groups discussed principles that sustain intimate relationships and allow deeper connections to thrive. This gave us a strong, useful foundation in order to better see some of the unhealthy signs that can lead to discord, abuse and imbalance.
So what truly make our current and future relationships healthy?
Trust, communication, mutual appreciation and a loving awareness of the needs of our partners and friends.
Thank you future H.I.S. Class of 2023 for a lovely morning of discussion.
We are depending more and more on digital media in many parts of society. We explore and create and also learn new ways to connect and communicate with people all over the world.
Students are growing up with the power of this digital media and technology and although it empowers young people and gives them opportunities, it also has its own challenges and dilemmas. Therefore we seek to increase our students’ awareness of online safety, cyberbullying, privacy, hate speech, misinformation, and digital distraction.
By the incorporation of digital citizenship in our curriculum, and its use and support within our local community, we aim to create a positive school culture that helps safeguard our students while they use media and technology.
The Student Support Team is inviting parents to an online workshop on Wednesday 10 November. Please check the newsletter for more details.