About Us

The Bishops’ Support Unit (BSU) has been established to encourage the optimal psychological, emotional, social and intellectual development of pupils at Bishops and individuals and families in our community.

Contact Us

The BSU has a number of staff members and you are most welcome to contact us should you wish to make an appointment.

Resources

How to study and procrastination is just some of the resources we offer. Have a look at some other resources we offer to help with the development of your child or for you as parent.

What We Also Offer!


The BSU also offers numerous parenting workshops and other support for parents as well as staff development and training.


Latest from the BSU

App Review – Episode 1

APP REVIEW In the interests of internet safety, this month’s APP REVIEW segment looks at two mobile apps that monitor internet use. QUSTODIO https://www.qustodio.com/en/ Qustodio provides virus protection and illicit search blocking, enables one to view time spent on any sites, and enables parents to set time limits for use on such networks. Parents can… Read More »

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Engaging with the Internet

Engaging with the Internet    How to talk to your kids and teens about screen time  Children and teens of today have never known a time without the internet. This means that their view of the world is largely shaped by society’s views expressed through the internet media. As such, it is up to adults… Read More »

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MEMORY and STUDYING

The Difference between Short-Term, Long-Term and Working Memory Article adapted from www.examinedexistence.com  For the most part, memory and how it works has largely been a mystery to experts. However, what scientists do know is that memory is partitioned into several different parts—primarily short-term memory, long-term memory, and working memory. Working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory all play… Read More »

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A good state of mind: Q&A with Bev Willcocks

Pete Farlam recently chatted to ex-Bishops parent and life coach Bev Willcocks about her coaching and parenting philosophy. Q: Bev, you did life coaching training with best-selling author Michael Neill in California. How would you summarize Michael’s approach to counselling / coaching? About 10 years ago, Michael stumbled upon a universal understanding that transformed the… Read More »

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Concussion Study

Letter re Concussion Study from UCT Consent form for rugby players Consent form for non-rugby control group Dear Parents, Please see the letter attached from the UCT Psychology Dept regarding a Concussion Study that they are running with 16 and 17 year old boys. As a school we are fully aware of the dangers of… Read More »

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Internet and Gaming Addiction

Adam Adler’s book, ‘Irresistible’ (Penguin 2017) provides interesting insight into the role that technology plays in the life of the adolescent. Adler seeks to explore the question – Why can’t we stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching…  Some interesting insight from the book: Kids aren’t born craving tech, but they come to see it as indispensable.… Read More »

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Executive Functioning in Adolescence – Session 3

The final session of the Executive Functioning talks was presented last Wednesday, with a focus on the remaining executive functioning (EF) skills influenced: Memory: The process of memory activation was discussed, as well as the difference between short-term memory (the very short time that you keep something in mind before either dismissing it or transferring… Read More »

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Development in Adolescence

I was fortunate enough to attend the Professional Minds conference – Insights into Intelligence over the weekend, which got me thinking about how many changes occur in adolescence. From physical brain development to diet influence, it is interesting to consider what these changes mean for our adolescents: The brain prunes away 80% of original neurons before adolescence,… Read More »

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Session 2 – Executive Functioning in Adolescence

Today, the BSU presented Part 2 of the Executive Functioning (EF) talks to the college staff. This talk focused on three elements that play a large role in EF: Activation – Planning, prioritising, organising and initiating action. Adolescents with EF difficulties find it difficult to get started and visualise an action plan. We had a… Read More »

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Mindful parenting

Mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn (JKZ) says that parenting and family life offer perfect opportunities to practise mindful living. “The deep and constantly changing needs of children are all perfect opportunities for parents to be fully present rather than to operate in the automatic pilot mode, to relate consciously rather than mechanically, to sense the being… Read More »

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