The Christchurch massacre is one of the most extreme acts of terrorism the world has seen in recent times. It is especially difficult to come to terms with such an act of hate committed in a place of worship, sanctuary and peace.
Unfortunately, this will impact many kids throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and care givers may find it difficult to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world.
It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. The distressing nature of this event will never be forgotten, but at the same time we should not allow it to permanently disturb or destroy our future generations.
In this special report, parents and care givers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk their children in a reassuring manner. It will also highlight the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
You can access this Special Report here. You may also want to look at the SchoolTV edition on Greif and Loss for more information about how to help your children through difficult events in life. Additionally, our Senior School Chaplain Revd Gerry Riviere has shared an emotional response to these events in his newsletter article this week.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.