Pastoral Care Pen – November

Hello parents! Well yet again I cannot believe that we are at the end of another year. It has again been another interesting and at times ‘unexpected year’ however as I look back and reflect, there are so many things to be grateful for and I can really see God’s hand of guidance and protection over our year as a school.

Last week many people celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving. This is one of their traditions that I really love and admire. To set aside a day/meal/moment to consider all that there is to be thankful for. Gratitude is a powerful and life changing act, especially when we think about what we are grateful for on a regular basis or when we may be feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.

Gratitude can so beautifully move our state of mind or perspective from a state of despair or distress into clarity and courage, enabling us to take steps to keep moving forward. I believe this is a powerful tool for our young people to learn, one that they can use for life and can keep their life moving forward despite the setbacks they may experience. I encourage you over the next few weeks and into the Christmas holidays to take some time to think about and practise gratitude as a family and make it a daily practise so that it becomes a life habit and way of being, as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in God’s word, encourages us to…

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live”.

The Genesis Christian College Pastoral Care team is praying that all of our families and students have a safe and joy-filled Christmas break.

God Bless.

See you in 2022!

 

BONUS – Some cyber safety tips for the holidays

5 tips to keep kids safe and well online:

  1. It is illegal for children under age of 13 to have social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and Discord. Try Facebook’s ‘Messenger kids’ for a safe App for children and young teens.
  2. Keep an eye on messaging abilities in platforms like Pinterest, gaming sites and apps such as Discord. The app or activity itself may be harmless but who is talking to your child or what are they talking about.
  3. Keep phones out of bedrooms, bathrooms and limit screen time by providing meaningful activities
  4. Keep an eye out for hidden devices, social media apps and accounts. Just because you can’t see the app or the interactions, does not mean it is not happening.
  5. NO matter the age and stage of your child or the stage your child is at with their technology use it is never too late to establish boundaries and rules – have a technology reset at the beginning of each term or year and write an agreement together to set boundaries and establish a refence point to come back to for when things go wrong.

For more information or to continue to educate yourself in all things technology go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents or https://www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au/keeping-safe-in-cyberspace/

Yours sincerely,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth