RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

When we work together to support our students, we can be much more effective in helping them make smart and informed choices. We have developed these resources to provide you with useful information about some of the challenges our students face. Please contact us if you have any concerns about a student in your care as we have a team of experts ready to help.

Information sheets: attendance

Research has found that regular school attendance leads to better student achievement, enhanced wellbeing, and improved lifelong outcomes. If you are having trouble getting your child to attend school, please get in touch with us so we can come up with a plan to support your child. Download the following fact sheets to learn more about school attendance: Regular attendance at school, Signs a child might be losing interest in school, What’s okay and what’s not, and Mythbusters

Information sheet: risk-taking behaviour

Taking risks and trying new things are essential for young people so they can discover who they are, build important life skills, and prepare themselves for adulthood. However, risk-taking behaviour can be both positive and negative and while the teenage brain can recognise risk, it can sometimes struggle to determine whether a risk is positive or negative. Download this information sheet to learn more about teenage risk-taking behaviour and how together we can promote positive risk taking.

Information sheet: vaping

Vaping is a communal activity for young people that can create a sense of belonging. At Mount Aspiring College, we take a preventative approach to managing vaping. In Health Education studies, we focus on educating our students about risk taking, peer pressure and making positive choices. Download this information sheet to learn more about vaping and how together we can help our students make informed and positive choices.

Information sheet: online safety

The internet is a valuable tool for learning, connecting and being entertained, but it also poses safety risks. Download this information sheet to learn more about how we promote online safety at school and how you can help protect your child from the risks associated with being online. 

Information sheet: social media

Today’s teens are the first generation to grow up never having known a world without a smartphone. While social media allows young people to form and maintain friendships online, find community, and share information, there are risks. Download this information sheet to learn more about how we manage the use of devices at school and how you can help protect your child from the risks associated with social media. 

Path Wānaka | Ara ki Wānaka: Upper Clutha Youth Voice Survey report 2023

The Upper Clutha Youth Voice Survey, a bi-annual survey which began in 2016, tracks the activities of local young people, including their use of harmful substances. This year’s survey was sent to 560 young people aged 11 to 24, resulting in 181 valid responses from Mount Aspiring College students. Download the 2023 report to read the findings of the survey.