Message from Tanya Sweeney, Head, Preparatory School
Dear UCC Prep families,
The first season of our co-curricular activities has come to an end. It was certainly an exciting one, with vegetables harvested, games won, drama lines memorized, sets designed, gardens dug and personal sporting bests earned. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching the Year 7 cross-country team. It was an opportunity to get to know our boys outside of the classroom and to understand the athletics program here at UCC.
Our second season of co-curricular activities is about to begin, and while we hope for many more positive experiences and learning opportunities, we know that sometimes, there are disappointments. Perhaps your son doesn’t win the desired role in the musical, or doesn’t earn a spot on a particular team. While disappointments are challenging to navigate, it’s important that we work together to help the boys manage them. Listen to their thoughts and feelings. Don’t offer advice too quickly. Remind them that life sometimes has setbacks and, with time and reflection, we can make choices about how we want to approach these setbacks. Modelling strategies for managing disappointment is another way the adults in our boys’ lives can help them to grow and mature. Share with your son when something doesn’t quite go the way you hoped it would.
Winter is approaching, the “shiny newness” of our year has settled into routine and the academic demands will become greater. November can present new challenges that our boys sometimes struggle to manage. Last week I shared some contact information with you regarding particular colleagues with unique perspectives or with particular skill sets. Reach out to them. Please feel welcomed and encouraged to engage in a partnership with us. With your perspective from home, and our observations of your son’s school life, we can collaborate to help him manage the inevitable bumps or curves along the road.
Head of the Preparatory School