23 July, 2021


Welcome to Term 3. I hope everyone had a relaxing break and are rejuvenated for the term ahead. As I indicate in my video address this week, there is a lot happening this Term and of course, it is also a very important Term for our TCE students, and Year 12s especially.

Compared to the rest of Australia and indeed the world, Tasmania has managed through COVID very well without the disruption to lives and learning that we have seen and read of elsewhere. At the Paul Dillon ‘Drugs and Alcohol’ parent presentation late last Term, Paul said that the rest of the world is looking at Tasmania to see what effect COVID has had on our young people, given the state has experienced very little direct disruption to life.

While we don’t have the Tasmanian specific data to identify those effects, nationwide research into this, led by Child Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg, has recently been completed. This research has focused on the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents as a result of COVID and the cycle of lockdowns and re-openings of society.

The following is from the CEO of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools in Australia, Beth Blackwood.

‘This Special Report spear-headed by Child Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, is essential and timely viewing for parents, carers and educators reflecting new research and what uncertainties for families and young people lay ahead.

‘SchoolTV and Broadcast (a well-being platform developed for a coalition of Australian Principal Associations, including AHISA) has generously made this link available to all schools and their community.’

I hope you find this information and the suggestions for caring for our young people and ourselves useful, as we all navigate these uncertain times.

Andy Müller

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