At the beginning of 2015 the pastoral team trialled an informal mentoring arrangement for parents of boarders new to Woodford House. Parents who requested extra support with their daughter’s transition to boarding were matched with seasoned boarding parents willing to offer some extra reassurance and guidance. Some issues raised in mentoring conversations were, coping with the separation of parent and child and managing homesickness.
This model was a resounding success and we are looking to implement a formalised version of the buddy system. This involves creating a list of parents interested in being matched to new Woodford parents in need of some extra support. Parents of day girls and boarders are required.
If you would like to be a “parent buddy” please register your interest by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1o7kI1g
If you have further queries please contact Kelly Fisher (School Counsellor) or Catherine Bentley (Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing).
Catherine Bentley and Kelly Fisher