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What is the foundation of a successful educational experience for school age children? I believe the basis for a successful educational experience is happy and healthy children. When leaving principalaim, I hope you know that for me student health and success go hand in hand. I truly believe that a happy, emotionally healthy child can do anything in school and in life. Jeni Hooper (Child Psychologist) also believes children do best when they are happy and have a good sense of self. Specifically, Hooper says “what children need to be happy has little to do with the curriculum or the school and more to do with those little nuisances that determine how positive the learning experience is for children.” Schools should be looking at models that put the emotional health and well-being of its students above everything else. I can only hope that one day all of our schools adopt a mission that puts children’s well-being first. tlb
We want our children to have a great education, so what is the secret? We tend to look hard at what is on offer: the quality of the curriculum, how well organised is the school, are the teachers inspiring and committed. We wonder about the quality of parent/teacher partnership and how to get that balance right, being supportive but not a tiger parent. All these factors are important, don’t get me wrong, but as a Child Psychologist my questions always start from the child: what helps children to get on well at school, to be happy, confident and free from stress?
So you’ve chosen a great school, the staff are dedicated, highly experienced and inspiring. Tick.
The curriculum is varied,interesting and stimulating. Tick.
You are confident that as parents you will be supportive and involved and create a positive environment for learning. Tick.
So what else do we need now…
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