Guidance counsellors assist students in solving problems related to choosing, planning, adjusting and achieving goals in educational, career, personal, social and spiritual areas. They are available to students in junior and senior high schools.
Parents of St. Matthew Students:
hope you have had an enjoyable weekend with your families. I have
appreciated being able to connect with some of the students and parents of our
community over this past week. Please ask you children to check their
school email for messages.
week, I would like to encourage you to consider implementing some mindfulness
practices into your child’s day. You might find that there are escalated
feelings of anxiety in your family. There is a plethora of information coming
at us daily about COVID-19. While this information can be useful, it can
also create worry about loved ones, uncertainty about how long we will be
disconnected from peers/extracurricular events, and frustration with the sudden
changes that have swept our society.
in mindful practices can allow us to become grounded in the present moment,
while giving our mind and body some kind and curious attention. Please
see attachment for more information on mindfulness, links to mindful
meditations, and some ideas for activities you can implement at home.
have included some links below for additional support if needed in your
Teens and Mental Health during COVID 19
Hope: Supporting Mental Health and Wellness in a Time of Stress and Isolation
(For Children 12 and older)
Please let your children know that they are thought of daily by all of our staff.
Dear Parents of Junior High Students:
I hope you have had a restful weekend connecting with your family. It is truly amazing how many changes have taken place over the last week. Although we are slowly adapting, the change in routine and upcoming online learning can be stressful for students and families. During the next few months it will be important for students to look after themselves and attend to their mental health. They are used to connecting to peers and teachers daily, and that connection has taken a drastic change.
Please let your children know that I will be posting weekly wellness information in BrightSpace under their Health class. The mental health/wellness topic for this week is Self-Care. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to model Self Care strategies and to collaborate with children about the importance of scheduling daily self care practices. Please view links below for additional relevant information in the areas of managing wellness during the current COVID situation.
I also invite your children to email me if they would like to set up a phone or face to face session. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or inquiries.
Managing Anxiety and Stress
Psychology Works Fact Sheet COVID 19
The New Normal
Division 1 Self Care
Self Care Plan for Younger Children
Mental Health Tips
My name is Paula Knox. I am the School Counsellor at St. Matthew’s School and am passionate about empowering students to discover their unique strengths. My hope is to reduce mental health stigma and provide resources to students, parents and teachers that will enhance student well being. My role includes supporting students, teachers and families of the community while adhering to high ethical practice and Catholic values. I believe that with the proper supports in place, all students can achieve success. I am available to assist students with any concerns related to:
- Academic achievement
- Classroom supports
- Organizational skills
- Self Esteem
- Sudden life changes
- Relationships (Family/Peer)
- Grief and loss
- Self identity
For a variety of back to school topics please view the following Alberta Health site:
Resources to support Parents in child's mental health journey:
Please contact me if you have any inquiries.