From the Assistant Principal

Uniform 

A reminder that despite the unseasonably cooler weather this week students are not permitted to wear their sports jackets with the summer uniform nor are they permitted to wear long sleeve tops under their tunics or sports tops unless this is covered by their College cardigan or blazer. 

 

Compass Card Reminder 

Every student is required to have their Compass Card on them at all times. If a student is unable to present their Compass card on 3 occasions they will be issued a Tuesday afternoon detention. Students who have misplaced or damaged their Compass card are required to order a replacement card at a cost of $10. This can be done directly through the portal via the cog on the top right hand side of the students profile, under my account, Compass identity card, and order the new card.

 

Safe Travel 

Families are encouraged to have regular conversations with their daughters about the importance of travelling to and from school in a safe manner.  Students are reminded to ensure that: 

  • all vehicles are stationary.
  • the pedestrian walk sign is green, if it is flashing students MUST not cross.
  • they are paying attention to what is happening around them, particularly when crossing in large groups.
  • are not using their mobile phone or listening to music as they attempt to cross the road.
  • they are not running to make the bus. Families are asked to consider the possibility of students catching the second bus in the interest of safety.  This is of particular concern for students catching the 452 or 455 in the afternoon. Both of these services depart from Forest Road.
  • they stand back from the edge of the road when waiting from the bus. The Footpath on Forest Road is narrow and  is particularly dangerous at the end of the school day when it is very crowded.

 

Opal Cards

Opal cards automatically expire when a student completes either Year 6 or Year 12. They otherwise have a life of 5 years. 

There are a small number of students in our school whose Opal card will expire in January, this includes any student who has had their card replaced in the last 5 years. 

Students in this category and/or their parents/carer will be contacted directly by Transport for NSW via email or post and  will be asked to confirm their details online in order for a new School Opal card to be sent to the correct postal address in time for the new school year.

If contacted by Transport for NSW, details should be submitted online by 1 December 2020 at the latest.  Students requiring a new card and who do not confirm their details in time will have a new School Opal card posted to the address currently on file.

 

STUDY SKILLS HANDBOOK NEWSLETTER TIP FOR OCTOBER: iDisorder

Author: Dr Prue Salter

Dr. Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University  has a must-read book for parents called ‘iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us’. In this book he discusses changes that occur to the brain’s ability to process information and the ability to relate to the world due to daily consumption of media and use of technology. This obsession with technology can result in signs and symptoms of psychological disorders (which Dr. Rosen has labeled iDisorders) such as stress, sleeplessness, narcissism and a compulsive need to check-in with our technology. 

However, it is important to note the word ‘obsession’. Dr. Rosen is not anti-technology, far from it. Instead, he argues that we need to become more aware of issues that can arise from over-use of technology and then implement strategies to deal with these. Self-awareness and a move towards restorative balance are essential.

 Some of the ideas Dr. Rosen discusses are:

  • Ensure your child gets a full night’s sleep and that mobile phones are switched off during the night and ideally in a different room. If a student wakes in the night and checks their phone, however briefly, this will interrupt the sleep patterns for that night and disrupt essential memory processing.

  • Convene regular family dinners (3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes) where technology is forbidden at the table – parents included! Dr. Rosen points to the fact that many parents are also obsessed with technology and are modeling these behaviours to their children, for example not paying full attention when their child is talking to them, instead answering email on their smart phone at the same time. Rosen believes we are massive self-interrupters and we are training our children that if something buzzes, beeps or vibrates, we should jump and immediately check to see if there is something we should attend to right now.

  • Given the pervasiveness of technology in our lives as well as the fact that technology evokes high levels of mental activity, we need to start taking technology ‘time-outs’ to reset our brains and refresh our capacity to process information.  It is important to recognise that the constant lure of multiple technologies and our obsession with them is overloading our brain. If we want to avoid iDisorder and ensure our use of technology does not make us exhibit signs and symptoms of psychological disorders, then we need to reset our brain on a regular basis. You may decide to take a 10 minute break from technology every 2 hours or you may even decide to allocate at least one day a week where you focus your attention 100% on real life and shut off your technology for a significant portion of that day. During this time you could laugh or talk with friends or family, experience nature or do something active. The aim is to give the brain a chance to slow down and rest by doing something that does not involve electronic devices.

We live in a connected world and we can’t turn the clock back and take away all these fun new technological tools. So the message is, we need to learn to take care of our brains and take some small proactive steps to avoid a potential iDisorder. 

Visit the Dealing with Distractions unit at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to learn more about managing your distractions.

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Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal