From the Assistant Principal
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Some tips to help your daughter with homework and study routines
Some students are naturally able to find a good balance between all the facets of their life: schoolwork, sports, activities, friends, family, technology and all of the other aspects of life that keep us busy from when we wake to when we sleep.
Other students struggle to fit their schoolwork in during the evenings and weekend. Some students come home after school and just sort of ‘wait’ until they feel like working. And what happens is that they never feel like it so they just don’t get started!
Some students start work not long after they get home, but they drag their work out over the whole night doing work in front of the TV, or the computer or their phone. It takes them the whole night, but they hardly get any work done and they don’t feel like they have had a break at all.
A much more effective way to approach home study each evening is to keep your school work and your personal life separate. Don’t do your work in front of the TV, don’t do it while on social network sites or while using messenger apps, instead work in 20-30 minute blocks of time and during this time make the conscious choice to actually remove or turn off things that are going to distract you. As it is only for a short block of time, it is bearable. Train yourself to have breaks from your distractions for the blocks of time when you do schoolwork.
By doing this you will learn to really focus and concentrate on what you are doing for a block of time. You will be amazed at how much work you get done and how productive you are during this time. Then at the end of that half hour period you have a proper break and really enjoy your free time.
You can find special software for blocking distractions on computers and phones online.
Cyber Safety Talk
This week, students listened to a presentation from the School-Police Liaison Officer, Constable Kelly Stewart about Cyber Safety. It touched on how to stay safe and some of the real life situations young people have found themselves in.
The talk about cyber safety was profound. I realised that whilst the benefits of being part of a more socially connected world are fantastic, the dangers associated with social media cannot be overstated for young people. – Ms Baldwin
The videos were set in real life and had realistic scenarios. It was culturally informative and I would watch another slideshow led by an officer again. – Abigail Bartlett
It really struck me on how much goes on behind screens and how much we can not trust. So much goes on and we’re all so unaware. – Henriette Savilla
The policewoman that came to speak to us has much experience with category of cyber safety. She provided us with information to avoid dangerous situations, it showed Yrs 7-9 how to be safe online. – Zoe Stamoulis
The presentation opened our eyes to the consequences that follow as a result of our inconsiderate use of social media. – Anonymous
Listening to Police Officer Kelly Stewart discuss the dangers associated with the cyber world, was an eye-opening experience which exposed me to many new laws and surprising social media details that I had never heard of before. Definitely a valuable experience I will take notes from the next time my phone buzzes! – Jade Lozanovski