It is difficult to overstate the importance of emotional and social development alongside academic learning. As part of our aim of equipping our pupils with the competence to succeed academically, the confidence to be their own character and instil in them a compassion with the world, we strive to provide the highest levels of pastoral care.
As much as our time at school is a unique and enjoyable journey, it also presents plenty of challenges and hurdles along the way. Every pupil will experience challenges of some form at some point – be it making friends, social media or exam pressures; the list goes on. Avoiding such difficulties entirely is almost impossible, and arguably undesirable since learning to overcome problems is an essential part of growing up and building confidence. To help our pupils to do just that, at Hampshire Collegiate School, we strive to work hand-in-hand with parents to support every pupil’s wellbeing.
From this week, our Highlights e-newsletter will include a regular bulletin with carefully selected articles and advice for parents on a range of pupil wellbeing topics. Linda Stade, Research Officer at Santa Maria College, Western Australia has written the following article – The Question that Will Help Teenagers Find their Tribe – which considers how we can support our children to be their true selves and to develop friendships with people they really have a connection with, and who bring out the best in them.