A lot of my friends and colleagues have ventured into pastoral type roles the past few years and recognise the importance of the support they give more often than not as a vocation to our struggling teens.
Modern life is a stressful path for our students aside of the stress of exams they have a lot of what many may see as self-imposed pressure via modern media. However, the emotional pain runs deep for many who suffer with various forms of peer pressure, cyber bullying and body conscious issues.
I am reminded today how we cannot always notice the signs as it is difficult to help somebody who is doing everything they can to hide their feelings. The following simple example explains a lot!
Think of a flower and its roots: The flower is things you can see happening – what people say and do. The roots are things you can’t see – what people feel and think!
Delve deeper, ask the questions and give your children the platform to share they are our most precious gift.
To those in education holding the purse strings invest in our youth they are the future! We need more funding in pastoral departments not staff cutbacks.