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Prairiewood High School

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Wellbeing Support during COVID-19

COVID-19 Information for our PHS families

For all COVID-19 Health information see this page: Health NSW

Testing clinics list.

For all Education information re COVID-19 see this page: Department of Education

For Specific advice on the HSC see HSC Information

For all PHS communications re COVID-19 see: Principal Communications


Please watch this video in Vietnamese about COVID-19 and staying safe and informed.

Please see our Arabic videos on COVID-19 and staying safe:

Video 7 : https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/news/2021/5/covid-19-vaccinations--in-arabic---.html

Video 6: https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/12/phs-community-engagement-program-presents-episode-6---covid-19-s.html

Video 5: https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/content/doe/sws/schools/p/prairiewoo-h/www/news/2020/11/phs-community-engagement-program-present-episode-5---covid-19-st.html

Video 4: https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/10/phs-community-engagement-program-present-episode-4---stay-safe-a.html

Video 3: https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/10/phs-community-engagement-program-present-episode-3---the-impact-.html

Video 2: https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/9/phs-community-engagement-program-present-episode-2---stay-safe--.html?fbclid=IwAR2UmcI9kAMau9LsebRrC3fPeLa9bflU_i1PjSPkKKBtqetHyjmgrJTdf9g

Video 1: https://prairiewoo-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/9/phs-community-engagement-program-present-their-first-covid-19-sa.html


COVID-19 brings a new layer of stress in the fabric of our vey community. May I acknowledge the fact that some of our families are experiencing loss of employment; many are experiencing the stress of the whole family being underfoot day after day; and most are simply struggling with the challenge of a changed world-of isolation and uncertainty.

We have reached out to numerous community organisations in an attempt to help and we are here to help. As an example:

Low cost or free meals are available in the Fairfield area. Note: Some of these services may not be operational due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please call them to see if they can assist if you are in home isolation or having financial difficulties.

Please reach out to us - all contact made will be confidential. We are thinking of you at this time.

Ms Belinda Giudice, Principal

 

Supporting Students & Families during the COVID-19 Crisis

Supporting Students and Families during the COVID-19 Crisis

Our school counsellors can be contacted through the school for individual appointments and consultations as required. From the beginning of Term Two, students can make an online Wellbeing Referral. Referrals will be screened during school hours and referred to the relevant personnel.

Please click Managing Your Mental Health Online During COVID to open the flyer shown below.

A message from our School Psychologists

A message from our School Psychologists

As we continue to face the effects of the pandemic, we need to be mindful of our emotional wellbeing. Many in our community will be facing economic difficulties. Please contact the school if you need support. 

Our advice:

1. Keep calm – there are lots of things outside our control. Let’s remember to focus on what really matters. School will continue to focus on being a calm place where students feel they belong and can learn.

2. Be kind – we are all in this together. Reach out to help others who may be in need. Know that nearly everyone is feeling stressed and when we are on edge, we can be sharp when we do not mean to be.

It can feel stressful and overwhelming during an event like the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can all be affected differently. You or your children might feel overwhelmed by the information, conversations and the increased levels of stress in your community. It can be hard to know what information to trust especially in a situation where things are changing so quickly. It can be helpful to keep up-to-date but it’s also okay to switch off from the 24 hour media cycle if this is getting too much. Following is some advice accumulated from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Headspace that may assist you to support your family's mental health as this situation continues to unfold.

Children will inevitably pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others, whether this be through listening and observing what is happening at home or at school. Providing opportunities to answer their questions in an honest and age-appropriate way can help reduce any anxiety they may be experiencing. You can do this by: 

  • speaking to them about coronavirus in a calm manner
  • asking them what they already know about the virus so you can clarify any misunderstandings they may have
  • letting them know that it is normal to experience some anxiety when new and stressful situations arise
  • giving them a sense of control by explaining what they can do to stay safe (eg wash their hands regularly, stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing)
  • not overwhelming them with unnecessary information (eg death rates) as this can increase their anxiety
  • allowing regular contact (eg by phone) with people they may worry about, such as grandparents, to reassure them that they are okay.

These resources may also help.

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to PHS!

 

Anna Michalopoulos & Youliana Yaya, PHS School Psychologists