From the Assistant Principal

For many of us sleep is something that we value greatly, however, for many young people it is something that is often compromised as a result of many competing agendas. Much research has been regarding the importance of sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation on our physical and mental health. Research suggests that the teenage brain requires between 8 and 10 hours a night and as parents you would be acutely aware that sleep patterns change significantly as a result of puberty and changing attitudes in relation to the value of sleep.  Most young people prefer to stay up later and sleep in the following morning. Research indicates that insufficient sleep has the potential to impact negatively on a young person’s mood, concentration, memory, academic performance, performance in sports, other extra-curricular endeavours, punctuality and attendance. Furthermore, increased screen time, light exposure as consequence the increased use of devices, particularly late at night are said to prevent the adequate production of melatonin and subsequently contribute to the declining prioritisation of sleep. Additionally many students find themselves over committed in terms of part-time jobs, extra curricular activities, including sport and find it difficult to balance these alongside homework and/or study. The commencement of a new term provides a great opportunity for families to discuss the importance of sleep with their daughter and seek to review patterns and behaviours which may impacting on the quality of their sleep and in turn their wellbeing. Please find here a link to a fact sheet form Headspace outlining the importance of sleep in relation to wellbeing as well as a link to an article by Michael Grose which outlines 6 habits significantly impacting on a young person’s sleep patterns.    




The importance of Sleep




Uniform reminder

Reminder that the students will commence wearing their winter uniform to school as of Monday May 13. This requires all students to wear their College blazer to and from school each day as well as College Knee high socks or navy opaque pantyhose. The College vest, cardigan and scarf are optional items that may worn for additional warmth. The girls have also been reminded that their hair must be tied back and that the only acceptable hair accessories include the College ribbon or navy scrunchies or headbands, girls wearing accessories other than those that are apart of our uniform will be asked to remove them. Thank you to all families for your support of our uniform policy, and encouraging your daughters to wear their uniform with pride. This continues to contribute to the very positive reputation we enjoy in the community.


Afternoon bus supervision

A reminder that afternoon supervision on Forest Rd bus duty will finish following the departure of the school special to Rockdale station S093. 


Upcoming Webinar – Teach girls to build each other up 

As a College we subscribe to Parenting Ideas, which as you may have noted over the course of this year provides us with access to a number of articles from a range of experts. From time to time we are offered opportunities to webinars at no cost to members of our community. This one is particularly relevant for us, addressing the areas of emotional intelligence, friendships and self worth. I encourage parents to take up this generous offer using the code below.


Upcoming Webinar

Teach girls to build each other up

Through your membership with Parenting Ideas, your entire school community can attend our webinars for parents at no charge. We’re pleased to let you know about our upcoming webinar.
Friendships can be problematic for many girls. They can be mean and put each other down and, conversely, they can be strong allies and wonderful sources of support.

Join Collett Smart in this webinar that will show parents how to help girls create positive peer relationships and provide practical advice and ideas to navigate tricky situations including toxic friendships, cliques and bullying. 

This webinar explores:

  • Emotional Intelligence and girls
  • How we might equip girls to recognise their own worth, as well as the worth of others
  • What girls need from parents and carers when things go wrong in friendships and relationships
  • When parents need to hold back and when to step in
  • Strategies for developing both assertiveness and kindness in our girls

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at  8:00 PM AEST.


This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a Parenting Ideas membership.


Your exclusive voucher
Below is your voucher for the webinar. We encourage you to share the voucher with the families in your school community. There’s no limit to how many people at your school can use the voucher, just as long as they register by the ‘valid to’ date on the voucher. It’s as easy as that! 

How to redeem the voucher
  1. Click this link:  
  2. Click ‘Add to cart’
  3. Click ‘View cart’
  4. Enter the voucher code FRIENDSHIPS and click ‘Apply Coupon’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 29 June 2019.
  5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
  6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
  7. Click ‘Place Order’
About the experts
This webinar will be hosted by Dr Jodi Richardson with presenter Collett Smart.
Dr Jodi Richardson
Wellbeing and Mental Health Expert

Jodi is a mental health, wellbeing and happiness science speaker and educator. She is a mother of two primary-school-aged children and is the founder and director of Happier on Purpose, the mental health and wellbeing expert for Parenting Ideas and writer for both print and online publications.

Jodi has developed her expertise over two decades of professional work in teaching, wellbeing, clinical practice and elite sport, including working for beyondblue on the national schools-based initiative for the prevention of depression.

Integral to Jodi’s work is helping parents and teachers to nurture resilient, relaxed, playful kids who develop lifelong habits of happiness and flourishing mental health.  

Collett Smart
Psychologist, Educator and Author

Collett Smart is a psychologist, qualified teacher and author of ‘They’ll be  Okay: 15 Conversations To Help Your Child Through Troubled Times’.

Collett has more than 20 years’ experience working in private and public schools, as well as in private practice.  She appears regularly on national television and radio, as an expert in teen and family issues.

Collett has taught and delivered psychology workshops and seminars around the world. She is an Ambassador for International Justice Mission Australia and is mum to 3 children, aged 11, 16 and 18 years old.

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