Heads Up

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Updates from the Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of students remains our top priority throughout our campus closure. With this in mind, I want to share how we’re continuing to support our boys.

Health Centre

The College’s Health Centre team is available online and by phone to provide counselling. If you have any concerns about your son, please notify his teacher, adviser, the Health Centre, or reach out to me directly. 

Advising

During weekly advising time, advisers will check in with boys and discuss how they are managing during these uncertain times. They’ll also ask for feedback on their experiences with online learning so we can enhance our virtual classes, activities and programs. Advising also provides continued opportunity for connection with peers and learning about integral aspects of personal wellbeing. We’ll be sharing topics covered in advising sessions with you, in hopes that they will serve as a springboard for further discussions at home.

Physical fitness

Our Upper School physical education faculty have developed resources for home workouts: Novice and Advanced. These instructional videos offer great ideas to help build optional fitness moments into the day. In the absence of teacher supervision, please follow them at your own discretion.  

Along with other members of our Health Centre team, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a webinar led by Dr. Christopher Thurber, a psychologist from Phillips Exeter Academy. Dr. Thurber shared practical insights for students across the globe adjusting to continuous learning plans, including:

  1. Dress for success. While school uniform isn’t necessary, working in pajamas or sweat pants sets a tone that is far too casual. It is important to establish a positive sense of self every morning.
  2. Sit like a pro. For greater productivity, strive for good ergonomics and create a productive work space. Working while lying in bed or on a couch will not yield near as much productivity as sitting at a desk.
  3. Move your body for at least 30 minutes a day. Regular physical activity and exercise will elevate mood and create energy. 
  4. Eat healthy food. Proper dietary habits — eating the right foods at routine times — will help normalize metabolism and increase attention.
  5. Make and keep a daily routine. Predictability helps us manage anxiety in uncertain times.
  6. Protect time to socialize. Campus closures impact our ability to see friends, but human connection (even online) is vital to wellbeing.
  7. Plan for tomorrow and keep a standard bedtime. It’s easy to lapse into staying up later and settling into a “weekend” mentality; maintaining consistent hours of sleep will enhance success.

I encourage you to discuss these strategies with your son, and I wish you continued health and wellbeing.

Thanks for reading,

Scott Cowie
Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing