Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The cast started working on the show in February and the hard work was plain to see. The show was slick, entertaining, funny, heartbreaking and hugely enjoyable. The lead, Kate Johnston owned the stage as Campbell, the determined cheerleader who learns a lot about friendship through her interaction with the sassy Danielle played by Helen Knott.
The school was a sea of pink today as the girls took part in Pink Shirt Day as part of Bullying-Free NZ Week.
Please note the PFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th June at 7:00pm in the library.
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From the Guidance Network
Many of you will remember “13 Reasons Why”, released last year. It created a lot of discussion and concern, with people worried about young people watching and interpreting themes in isolation, while some people thought bringing these issues into the open was positive.
Season two will be released worldwide on Friday 18 May. This show was widely watched by teenagers last year. Themes of suicide, sexual assault, consent, bullying and other issues made some viewers feel distressed and in need of support. Similar and equally confronting themes will be present in season two. In the lead-up to the release, some young people may re-watch the first season, or watch it for the first time.
Some young people feel the show represents the issues they face. Banning or recommending a ban on viewing it can be harmful, as some young people will still watch it but feel they have to hide that from adults.
The issues raised in the series are significant and if your child does watch it, it offers a good opportunity to talk to them about these difficult life events – but it is important that those conversations are safe ones.
Some of this information is already available on the resource hub on the Mental Health Foundation website https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/13-reasons-why/. Additional support material will be added to this hub prior to 18 May.
13 Reasons Why is not the only challenging series young people are watching but it is one of the most talked about. The Office of Film and Literature Classification has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they’re watching https://www.classificationoffice.govt.nz/news/latest-news/challenging-media/.
Other resources are also available at the Mental Health Foundation’s hub of resources https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/home/news/article/159/13-reasons-why-what-you-need-to-know
If you are concerned about a young person, please reach out for help. The Mental Health Foundation have a list of contacts https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/ or phone your local DHBs Mental Health Crisis Team. Support is also available from a trained counsellor anytime by calling or texting 1737.
Year 12 student Tamara Mason has been selected to attended Entrepreneurs in Action in Wellington. She is one of 80 students chosen out of 3900 from around New Zealand and will be working in a group on some challenges with business mentors.