It is not at all unusual during the early stages of a boarder's stay to experience a degree of homesickness. This is a perfectly natural response to the loss of security and emotional support that home life represents for most young people. Parents also often experience emotional upset that results from the absence of their child. As boarders develop friendships and become familiar with the surroundings and routine of boarding, this feeling of insecurity and emotional confusion passes. In some cases it will recur, particularly if the student is worried or concerned about circumstances at home.
In the early stages of adjustment, keeping busy at school or sport, or at any of the activities that are on offer, can be helpful and boarders will be encouraged to become involved. Parents who are concerned about their daughters are encouraged to make contact with the Boarding Manager.
In the early stages of settling in, parents are encouraged to limit contact with their child. Surprisingly, contact with home can make matters more difficult for some girls. They need to be reassured of parental love and support but excessive contact with home can often be counterproductive. Therefore we encourage parents to:
• Expect that homesickness is a passing phase of a girl's adjustment to boarding life.
• Make contact with the Boarding Manager if there are concerns.
• Encourage your daughters to seek support from boarding staff.