August 7, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have been thinking a lot about members of our community this week as it has been such a significant one in the history of Victoria. The Stage 4 Restrictions are so important for dealing with this contagious virus and they are requiring us to approach so many aspects of our daily lives in a different way. It is a key time where we all have to focus on our wellbeing and ability to manage these different pressures.

With so much to process and do, I have found myself feeling quite tired by the end of each day and have been giving greater priority to ensuring that I try to include things in my day that enhance my resilience. Sometimes I need to focus on smaller steps when addressing a challenge so that it doesn’t become overwhelming, or ensuring time for doing the things that will bring joy into my day (especially since our students are working remotely).

My close network of family and friends provide support, encouragement and understanding at these times as does my faith and belief that we begin each day with new hope.

We all create our own toolkit to develop resilience, starting from when we are young.  One of our School Counsellors, Beth Sarlos, and Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing, Kath Woolcock, have written an article titled ‘Developing Resilience’ to share ideas about how young people develop resilience and how our pastoral care program at CGGS supports this development. I encourage you to have a read of it. Click the button below to access it.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody