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Schools offer counselling to shocked students

Catholic schools have been answering questions from students confused and shocked by last week's terrorist attacks on the US.

The Catholic Leader reports that a spokeswoman for Nudgee College in Brisbane said the school responded with the same disbelief as the rest of the world. She said staff and students engaged in discussions in small groups, a chapel liturgy was held, and four full-time counsellors were available to students.

The College's Junior School principal pointed out that children would have a different understanding of the events than adults and it was important to provide age appropriate information.

The principal, Sean Gordon, said: "I encourage parents to debrief children as appropriate for their age with information that balances their view of the world and its people in a way that recognises the dignity of life as articulated in the Gospels."

Meanwhile, St Brigid's School at Nerang on the Gold Coast prepared a book of prayers and messages which it has sent to a school of the same name in New York, close to the destroyed towers of the World Trade Centre. Acting assistant principal for religious education Debbie Cronin said each student at the school had signed their name and some had included messages.

Catholic Leader