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Parent resources

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Parent Connect is an exciting initiative supported by the P&C Association and the School. 
The objective of Parent Connect is to provide information, advice and practical tips for parents to support their students through their educational journey.  

This area of the website provides useful links and information to help parents support their student/s through their schooling.

If you would like any further information regarding a topic or you would like to provide suggestions for future forums please email parentconnect@pbc-shs.eq.edu.au

Drugs and Alcohol

There is a significant body of research in relation to adolescent drugs and alcohol issues all confirming that alcohol and particularly cannabis use can have a devastating effect on the adolescent brain.

A telling piece of research emanating from Harvard Medical School in the Journal of Neuroscience reported that a 3D scan on brains revealed “that young people who had only used cannabis once or twice a week for a matter of months were found to have changes in the brain that govern emotion, motivation and addiction.” 

We live in a society where drugs and alcohol are readily accessible to all young people and we therefore must work together to safe guard adolescent wellbeing.

We have a comprehensive approach to discouraging alcohol and drug taking which includes: 

  • Widely published clear statements of expected student behaviour which include likely consequences for any breaches
  • An induction program which ensures all students know these policies and consequences
  • A social emotional education curriculum which includes drug education
  • A network of health professionals who ensure students know about the consequences to  their health on drug taking 
  • Parent information sessions and regular updates in our newsletter
  • Actively discourage “after parties” following school events

Our school community must be ever vigilant in regards to our young people experimenting with illicit drugs or alcohol. It is critical that parents:

  • Discuss this information with your child
  • Enforce family routines that ensure you can always keep check of your child’s behaviours
  • Remember no matter how settled your child seems this is an issue that can affect any child
  • If you suspect that your child may be experimenting, please contact the school to discuss. It is much better to be dealing with possible experimenting rather than health issues, school disciplinary consequences or police action in the event of a drug taking incident
Further information is available from Parent Connect at parentconnect@pbc-shs.eq.edu.au 

 

Managing Difficult Behaviours

Displine Help for parents

 

Importance of Sleep for teenagers

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/teens-and-sleep

 

Healthy eating for teenagers

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=638&language=English

 

Physical activity for teenagers

https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/healthy-lifestyle/physical-activity/physical-activity-teens

 

Reach Out Parents One on One Support

The free one-on-one support program, offered online and over the telephone, is designed to help parents/carers navigate the challenges they are facing with their teenager, with the intended aim of improving the mental health and well-being of teenagers.   

The program is well aligned with the Department of Education's Student Learning and Wellbeing and Parent and Community Engagement Frameworks and feedback from parents and carers who have participated in the program has been positive.

The ReachOut Parents One-on-one Support Program is:

  • Free one-on-one support for parents and carers of teenagers 12-18 years

  • Delivered over the phone and online, so any parent, anywhere in Queensland (and Australia) with telephone and internet access can participate

  • Coaches are professionals with backgrounds in psychology, social work and health

  • The program uses a strength based, early intervention framework

  • Parents can find out more and register online through https://parents.au.reachout.com/one-on-one-support

 

https://parents.au.reachout.com/skills-to-build/wellbeing/things-to-try-coping-skills-and-resilience/how-to-have-a-great-conversation

 

https://parents.au.reachout.com/common-concerns/everyday-issues/things-to-try-stress/helping-your-teen-deal-with-stress-from-a-natural-disaster

 

https://parents.au.reachout.com/one-on-one-support

 

https://forums.parents.au.reachout.com/t5/Ask-a-Child-and-Family/bd-p/AskAPro

 

https://www.facebook.com/ReachOutAUS/videos/mental-health-teens-reachout-parents-live/1766906570121117/

 

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Last reviewed 03 February 2020
Last updated 03 February 2020