Parenting Talk by Dr Minna Chau

8 Feb 2018- “I just want my child to be happy” The wish and reality.

As parents, we always want the best for our child, to rush to help, soothe, and fix, it’s only natural. In this coffee morning , Dr. Minna Chau, Clinical Child Psychologist shared her insight from years of working with children and research findings on how a certain kind of devotion to happiness creed hurts in the long run, rather than help.

Book suggestion-

Meet the Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital

Children with status erroneously believe that the reason untouchables have no social status is because they are repulsive, but in truth, it is precisely the reverse. The lack of social status is what makes an untouchable appear repulsive. This is why the single most effective peer intervention for eliminating bullying is for children to befriend.

When Natalie invited to her lunch table a girl who would later become one of her best friends, she had no way of knowing that until that day, that girl had felt so lonely and hopeless that she had contemplated suicide. Being welcomed into a group of friends saved her life.

All it takes is one person to make a world of difference. ♦

Natalie was willing to give up her social capital, but she discovered that when a person has friends, spending social capital by befriending those without it lifts people up without bringing anyone down. If “sit with us” became the ethos in middle school, bullying would be a thing of the past.

Mindfulness at CDNIS

Parent talk- 28 Nov 2017

by Cathy Ziengs MBSR Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator.

Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience
as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity, kindness
and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might
happen, it trains us to explore and respond skilfully to whatever is
happening right now.

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying

Standing up to bullying can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied.

Reversing and Preventing a Culture of Silence Among Girls

In light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the #MeToo movement that followed, Louise Favaro shares insights from dealing with what appeared to be an incident involving inappropriate language by middle school boys, but further investigation opened a Pandora’s box of misogynistic behaviour toward middle school girls that had been secretly tolerated for years. This led to a better understanding of how blind acceptance, normalization, and a culture of silence can start at a young age, and what we can do in schools to reverse and prevent it.


Reversing and Preventing a Culture of Silence Among Girls

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21 Nov- Parent Workshop- presentation

Thank you for attending the workshop on ‘Importance of Resilience’ and the two programs we use in Lower School to build the skills- Kelso’s Choices and Zones of Regulation. Here is the link to slides from the presentation.


Parenting Workshop

Dear Parents,
Join us on the 21 Nov from 8:00am-9:00 am at LLAC lobby for a workshop by Ms Lisa Kipfer and Ms Shelly Chutke  on Student support and coping strategies:
-Importance of Building Resilience
-Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation.
-Kelso’s Choices : Kelso’s Choices is a program based on the premise that all children are capable of being peacemakers and solving their small problems independently.

Come learn the vocabulary we use in school to solve problems so these strategies can be continued to be used at home.