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Student Support Team Blog

Welcome to the Student Support Team (SST) Blog! This site will be updated often with articles and resources related to supporting the well-being of students in the Upper School. Authored by members of the SST—a diverse group of professionals including administrators, guidance counsellors, learning support specialists, the school-based social worker and nurse, chaplain and health and physical education staff—this blog will give parents and students insight into issues and challenges facing today’s young women, as well as the people and programs in place at the school to support our girls.

 

Mind and Body Health in the Havergal Community

Mind and Body Health in the Havergal Community

Posted on May 1, 2018

On April 4 and 5, 2018, members of the Havergal Student Support Team took part in a two-day training program on suicide prevention. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a Canadian developed program that is being used to train front-line workers across the globe. The premise of the program...

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Feeding Young Minds

Feeding Young Minds

Posted on April 3, 2018

Countless studies have shown that improved nutrition has the potential to positively influence students’ academic performance and behaviour. Students who have a nutritious and balanced diet with the right amounts of protein, fat, complex carbohydrates and fiber...

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Delayed Start Wednesdays

Delayed Start Wednesdays

Posted on March 1, 2018

This year, the Upper School piloted a new initiative called ‘Delayed Start Wednesdays’, whereby students start their school day one hour later than usual. The initiative was launched because study after study emphasized the important health-promoting role adequate sleep plays in supporting the wellness...

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Dear Stress: Let’s Break Up!

Dear Stress: Let’s Break Up!

Posted on February 1, 2018

Adults, children and teens are more stressed than ever as our culture has become faster moving and more demanding with its expectations. From constant emails, texts, and social media touches to trying to build in time to work out, eat healthy and look great… the feeling that we have to do it all can be hard to escape...

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Health and Physical Education: Do it for life!

Health and Physical Education: Do it for life!

Posted on January 2, 2018

It is at this point in the school year when students (and parents) are tasked with choosing their courses for the following year. Depending on their current grade, there are a number of factors that need to be considered when completing this task...

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Holiday Stress and Parenting

Holiday Stress and Parenting

Posted on December 20, 2017

As parents, we face the holiday period with a sense of excitement and anticipation of stress. We know that the routines and rules will be disrupted...

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Concussions

Concussions

Posted on December 1, 2017

These days, most doctors, schools and parents are weighing in on the very real concern around concussions and young people. Understanding this type of injury...

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Introduction to Learning Support at Havergal College

Introduction to Learning Support at Havergal College

Posted on November 1, 2017

An essential element in the Havergal “circle of care” approach to supporting students is our Learning Support Department. Learning Support...

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Chaplaincy at Havergal & the Cloak of Care

Chaplaincy at Havergal & the Cloak of Care

Posted on October 2, 2017

By the Reverend Stephanie Douglas When Martin of Tours was a young soldier, he one day came across a beggar...

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It’s “Back to School” Time—Now What?!

It’s “Back to School” Time—Now What?!

Posted on August 24, 2017

If your household is anything like mine, late August brings with it a rather sudden end to the bliss of long summer days, slower schedules and fewer last-minute rushes. Suddenly, it's "back to school" time...

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