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For the final workshop in our Wellbeing Series of Parent University at RCHK we explored parenting styles and approaches. Following a discussion about what parents’ hopes are for their roles, we found out what the students at RCHK want from parents – and recognised the similarities! The world cloud shows what the students listed as important, with the most common words largest.
Moira Conroy-Stocker led us through three of the different parenting styles – authoritarian, authoritative and permissive – using some scenarios to explain what those styles might look like in practice. We explored strengths-based parenting and active constructive responding as two possible strategies in parenting. Stephanie Howdle-Lang outlined strengths-based approaches, which including considering parents’ own character strengths and thinking about how to spot strengths in children. Active constructive responding included some superb role play by Geoff Wheeler and Moira Conroy-Stocker and encouraged us all to think more about how we respond. Ana Chan provided conversation and support in Cantonese throughout the event. We concluded with a discussion about how to manage when parenting styles clash. As usual, the presenters were massively overplanned, so there is far more information in the slide deck than there was in the presentation itself! Parent University: The Wellbeing Series will resume next academic year. Thank you for your support this year!
We had a full house for the fourth in our Wellbeing Series of Parent University at RCHK! It was a full evening of discussion and activities for the parents who attended the session, rounded off with some top tips.
Moira Conroy-Stocker gave a thorough and interesting insight into aspects of emotional literacy with different age groups, supported by Stephanie Howdle-Lang.
The parents took part in activities that can develop an understanding of emotions and we looked at the development of the brain and ways to encourage your child to talk about how they are feeling with you.
The presentation that was used on the evening, along with extensive notes, is available here.
We were lucky to have a number of our Primary Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) join us for the event. More information about our ELSA programme can be found here. At the end of the session, books chosen by our ELSAs were shared, and in case you didn’t have the opportunity to see the books, we have shared them again here.
Thanks to all the nearly 100 parents who joined us and participated so enthusiastically!
An informative and entertaining presentation, ‘Growing Up Online’, by Australian cyber-safety expert Susan McLean. The session was delivered with Susan McLean’s famous ‘no-nonsense’ approach and cover the positive benefits of technology, as well as what parents need to be aware of in terms of children’s cyber-safety.
The session concluded with a Q&A.
It was an information-packed session. The third in the Parent University: Wellbeing Series focused on screen time in all its forms. Geoff Wheeler and Stephanie Howdle-Lang looked at our understanding of screen time, how it is embedded into our children’s lives and how we can help them find balance.
Anthony Copeland spoke as a Science teacher, a tech coach and, most importantly, a gamer, about his experience with gaming online. He shared top tips for parents to do with managing and understanding their children’s game use.
A group of our exceptional student from Primary and Secondary demonstrated their games and engaged in discussions with parents about the games they were playing, why they enjoyed them and what they got out of them.
Phil Knight and Jay Prohaska summarised their excellent top ten tips for social media, and Geoff and Stephanie finished the session with suggestions for supporting balance (including tips for digital single-tasking), setting schedules with your children and answering questions generated during the session.
Thanks to all those who came, especially as the topic proved so interesting that we overran by half an hour!
The files we promised to share are below:
In the first of the Wellbeing Series of Parent University at RCHK, faculty members at RCHK spent time finding out more from parents about what they want to know more about. Our counsellor, Moira Conroy-Stocker, shared information about child development, focusing on the five key areas of physical development, intellectual development, language development, emotional development and social development.
We shared a video with parents giving more information about what this looks like for an RCHK student.
We gathered information from parents who attended through discussion and by taking data from question charts around the room.
Our technology coaches, Phil Knight and Jay Prohaska, were our filmmakers for the event. One of the films they made shared some information we gathered from students about what they wished their parents knew.
Geoff Wheeler and Stephanie Howdle-Lang then shared some suggestions about ways to help children to open up to their parents. Some of the tips they shared are available on this handout.
We used the data to plan the next four sessions of the Parent University Wellbeing Series.
RCHK hosted Positive Schoolsfor the Positive Schools Asia Conference, from 22 – 24 November 2018, with educators flying in from all over the world to learn more about how to implement wellbeing practices in their schools.
ESF’s Quarry Bay School hosted URSTRONG, an internationally recognised Social Emotional Wellbeing program, on Thursday 25th October.
The aim of URSTRONG is to empower children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships.
URSTRONG held two ‘Language of Friendship’ workshops, which were designed for parents/carers to attend with their children.
Adolescence is a time of big social changes, emotional changes and changes in relationships. A recent survey conducted by the Hong Kong Playground Association last month, asked 3,177 young people, aged six to 24, showed that 31.6% of participants suffered from mild to extremely severe stress, while 38.7% had moderate to extreme anxiety. This presentation focuses on prevention and on what modern psychological science says parents can do to build happy and resilient young people.
Presented by Australia’s highest profile child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg this entertaining and informative session will equip parents with the skills, knowledge and evidence based strategies to help young people successfully tackle the developmental tasks of adolescence and to put in place the protective factors that reduced the chances of them developing any of the high prevalence disorders.
Date: Monday 3 September 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Renaissance College
Performing Arts Centre
5 Hang Ming Street, Ma On Shan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Fee: HK$200 per person
Registration and Ticketing: Click here to register and book your tickets by Friday 31 August 2018
– Seats are limited
– Parking is not available at the school campus