Parent and Caregiver Information

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021

Preparing for Back to School after Lockdown

Some Suggestions and Bible verses from our College Counsellors that you might find helpful as you begin the conversation about returning are:

1. Remain calm and reassure your child that it is safe to return to school.

Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

“The Lord is a refuge…a stronghold in times of trouble” Psalm 9:9

~ The decision to return to school is based on medical advice and what is best for the whole community
~ Discuss what your child is looking forward to about returning to school and what they may also be concerned or anxious about – listen attentively to them
~ Understand that some children might find it difficult to separate after being at home for an extended period of time, or they may have mixed emotions about returning to the classroom – this is normal
~ Listen to your child when they return home from school- you may find that they are experiencing a different exhaustion from that of online learning
~ Talk through any changes that may have occurred at school since they were last there eg new COVID-19 rules that might now be in place for protection
~ Try and remain calm as parents to avoid transference of emotions. Help your child to make sense of what they are worried about if they are concerned about coming back to school and talk it through.

2. Re-establish routines in the lead up to school if your child has developed a new habit.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world” John 16:33

~ The week before try and establish healthy wake up and bed times to cope with the school day
~ Re-establish eating routines that are similar to that of school
~ Re-establish healthy sleeping patterns
~ Pack the school bag the day before and ensure that all school equipment is ready so that nothing is forgotten
~ Check uniforms and have them ready
~ Try and lessen screen time as we emerge from lockdown and return to face-to-face learning
~ Discuss pick-up and drop off expectations if these are different so that children know what to expect
~ Some children may be returning before their siblings – talk through this and how it may impact your family
~ Remember, staff are at the College to help and assist where possible

3. Focus on the benefits of returning to school and being thankful.

~ Being able to have some ‘normal’ routine
~ Being with their friends and their teacher
~ Belonging to a supportive, caring and Christian community
~ Look for new opportunities that may not have previously existed

4. Know who your child can talk to if they are feeling anxious, worried or concerned about coming back to school. A trusted adult at the College can help give extra support that may be needed during this transition time.

“My God will meet your every need out of His riches in glory found in Jesus Christ” Phil 4:19

~ Class teacher
~ Connect teacher
~ Stage Coordinator
~ School Counsellors
~ Learning Enrichment Team

5. Set realistic goals that are achievable and doable.

~ Problem solve together
~ Discuss resilience and coping strategies – highlight their ability to cope with uncertainty and how they have navigated lockdown and its challenges well by drawing on their strengths and what they have learned
~ Actively plan for the future with hope and optimism – create activities to look forward to that provide inner joy and a sense of purpose
~ Look for opportunities to re-engage socially

6. Acknowledge that change is inevitable and certain. COVID-19 and the Delta variant have brought change to all of our lives in the BCC community. Change can also be good, it does not necessarily equal bad, even though it may be challenging and difficult. Discuss the benefits of lockdown and the family being together in your household.

~ Talk about life – there are many things which are out of our control that just happen, both good and bad. What is within your world at the moment that you are able to control? Know that whilst some things feel out of control, God still remains in control and is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

“Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever” Heb 13:8

“I am the Lord, and I do not change” Mal 3:6.

7. Identify healthy strategies to relax when anxious or feeling stressed.

“And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Phil 4:19

~ Breathing slowly
~ Reading
~ Exercise
~ Praying
~ Cup of herbal tea
~ Listening to music
~ Self-care and nurture

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; Trust also in me” John 14:1.

Careers Information

Preparing today’s Learners for Uncertainty – A Webinar for Parents

‘Uncertainty tolerance’ (UT), or how we process and respond to unknown or complex situations, is increasingly recognised as an essential workplace skill. Uncertainties in the workplace are ever-present and we’ve seen shared, global experiences of this with the uncertainties surrounding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, 9th November Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus will discuss the impacts of UT on students, and outline some strategies to help parents to support their children to improve their UT to prepare them for their futures in further education and work. Register via this link: