From the Assistant Principal
Attendance and punctuality contribute greatly to the academic success of students. Every minute counts, every minute lost can contribute to gaps in your child’s learning, confidence and socialisation. Teaching your child to be on time for school is great preparation for the workforce, either in a part time or in life beyond Bethany. Columnist China Hill suggests that parents;
Prioritise their child’s attendance – ensure a morning routine that allows her to arrive at school with enough time to ensure she is ready for the day ahead.
Model presence and punctuality – the best teaching is done by example.
Teach strategies that lead to punctuality – sometimes being late is beyond our control for example the bus is late or the train service is interrupted. However, it is important to teach children some of the things that hasten the morning routine, e.g. packing their bag the night before, ensuring that all parts of their uniform are ready the night before or getting up half an hour earlier in the morning.
Allow natural consequences for absences and lateness – adopt a no excuses approach with your children. Allow your child to experience the consequence of lateness, at Bethany 3 lates.
Leaving early during the school day
We understand that from time to time it is necessary to collect your daughter from school before the end of the school day. The correct process for students departing early requires parents to send a note with their daughter on the day of their early departure and ensure that their daughter has this note signed by their Year Coordinator and handed into Student Services at the beginning of the school day. In the event that a situation arises at short notice that requires you to pick up your daughter before the end of the school day then please phone the College office to allow us sufficient time to communicate this to both your daughter and her teachers. Please avoid arriving at school to collect your daughter without prior communication wherever possible.
STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR MARCH – 4 REASONS NOT TO PUT OFF STARTING ASSIGNMENTS
Here are four reasons why you should start working on your assignment immediately.
- GET YOUR BRAIN THINKING ABOUT THE TOPIC:
Even if your assignment is not due for weeks, start thinking about it immediately. At the very least, ensure you review and understand the requirements the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.
- FIND LIBRARY AND ONLINE RESOURCES:
Although the school or local library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Your teacher will probably have alerted the school librarian to the assignment, and reference books etc, may well be displayed. These will disappear quickly if the whole class has the same assignment. Reference books can sometimes be a useful general overview for an assignment and they help clarify a direction as you begin to immerse yourself into the assignment topic. Your librarian can also guide you to online journals or databases that may be useful.
- STARTING EARLY MEANS MORE TIME TO EXPLORE & ASK FOR HELP IF NEEDED:
If you do some initial research on the assignment, you could find yourself needing more direction in your next research. For example: Perhaps there isn’t enough information, or perhaps you find you don’t understand important concepts, or perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity. If you find this out early, you will still have plenty of time to plan, research, write and present your assignment. Imagine if you didn’t start your assignment for a week or so, and then discovered you needed more guidance. You could easily run out of time. Starting early also gives you a longer time to think through and develop your ideas.
- CREATE A SAFETY NET:
Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick or something unexpected happens. Assignments are usually given over a period of time because they require more time; students must plan a strategy or schedule to ensure they are completed. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.
So get started today!
Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au – our school’s access details are: