MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Academic pursuits begin in earnest!
We are off to a flying start! Students and are to be commended on the positive start they have made to the 2016 academic year. Copies of these timetables are always available on the Sentral Student and Parent Portals.
With the 1:1 notebook program in Years 7 to 12, the majority of student learning resources and notices will be distributed in electronic format on our Cloudshare platform (Google sites and drive), including formal assessment tasks. Middle School (7-9) and Senior School (10-12) Assessment Handbooks, which outline the school policy in regards to the completion and submission of assessment tasks, as well as the assessment schedules for each subject (10-12), will soon be available on Student Bethanet. It is a good idea to go through the Assessment Handbook with your daughter and ensure that they are aware of assessment expectations and submission dates for tasks.
There will be no more changes permitted to student electives in Years 9 and 11. Students were well aware that they had the first three school weeks to see Mr Conroy or their teachers about changes. In the majority of cases, there is no availability in classes but moreover, this impacts on the requirement to study a subject for 200 hours (Stage 5) or 240 hours (Stage 6).
All students have set realistic learning goals that they plan to achieve this academic year. If students do not have good study habits, it will be hard for them to achieve. Trying to implement the 10 study habits below could see students’ learning capacity grow.
- Keep your study desk and materials organised and tidy.
- Schedule in your study time and “stick to it”!
- Set short-term goals for each study session and reward yourself when you meet those goals.
- Read the chapter of information that will be covered the following day. Write down any questions you have that pertain to that subject.
- Make it a point to try and use new terms and concepts in order for them to really sink in.
- Do not study for hours on end. Study for 45 minutes and then take 15 minutes off.
- Try and correspond your class notes and textbook/online information.
- Make sure to cut out all distractions when studying: phones, TV, iPods, surfing the net, loud areas, etc.
- Go to bed after you study. Your brain will mull over what you just learned while you sleep. There will be a good chance you will remember it pretty well when you wake up.
- Keep a positive attitude about your studies. If you find yourself dreading your studies, change your attitude and think how exciting it is to learn something new!
I hope that all students enjoy, participate and succeed in their studies this year.
Resolving Teen Conflicts
We are into week 4 and we have already seen a minority of students who have had major disagreements with one another. They often report that they are being “bullied” when in fact, the confrontation is neither persistent nor repeated and it is not a situation where dominance is being sought over them. They are just plain, difficult relationship issues and disagreements. We try to intervene so that the girls learn to deal with these matters in a mature way rather than resorting to online confrontations and playground exclusions.
Teens need to learn how to manage conflict in positive ways to prevent dangerous confrontations. You can teach teens about positive and negative conflict, and how to recognize physical and behavioural signs that can trigger anger or negative conflict. You can also teach them about conflict resolution. A person can manage conflict with positive behaviours by identifying the problem and working toward a solution.
To learn to manage conflict, teens need to realize what triggers their anger, or what they do that may trigger anger in others. Triggers are words or actions that immediately cause an angry or other emotional response. A trigger might be a certain expression, stereotype, or phrase. Once teens know their triggers, they can improve their control over their reactions. Before reacting to a trigger, teens should make sure that they are really listening to what the other person is saying. If teens are actively listening, instead of thinking about their response, they can decipher clues such as tone and body language to determine what is actually being said.
Please assist us in reminding teens that in conflict, the problem should be tackled, and not the person with the conflicting opinion. Teens can move toward solving conflict by identifying the problem, stating their needs, and discussing ways to meet needs and solve the problem. However, remind teens that they will need to be flexible and willing to compromise in order to resolve the problem. If teens can’t solve the problem themselves, help them mediate the situation. We would ask that you reinforce with your daughter that if she is asked to participate in a restorative mediation session, that does not mean she is in trouble; rather, it is an opportunity to air their side of a story and work towards a solution.
Student Leadership @ Bethany
In the last week our Student Representative Council (SRC) leaders were elected in each Year group. We ponder the question: What makes a great leader?
There are many different kinds of leader. Good leaders are:
- good listeners
- team players
- use their own gifts and others’
Good leaders are first and foremost, welcomers. They are people who bring different people together, recognising each person’s unique skills and talents. A leader will look out for the part each person in a group can play to achieve a common goal. This means you need to be able to listen carefully, encourage gently and take care of each member of the group.
To our new, young SRC leaders-elect: Decide what it is you want to achieve. Don’t forget to ask other people. Be creative together. It’s the best way to get ideas. Spend time together and have fun with the people you’re working with. This builds trust and helps people feel more confident about sharing their ideas. Great ideas can lead to great change. Celebrate your success!
Our SRC Leaders for 2016
PE110 Sophia Bebawy
PE202 Telina Kolyvas
PE203 Luana Rendina
PE204 Elly Vazouras Terms 1 and 2
Nektaria Rice Terms 3 and 4
PE205 Anastasija Vasilevska
PE206 Chelsea Cibalevski
PE104 Serena Pham
PE109 Evelyn Karavokyros
PE105 Isabella Staninovski
CH103 Chanel Reeves
CH102 Alysha Kapila
PE103 Karli Agathopoulos
MC10 Eve Fernando
SO102 Eve Hudson
MC204 Claudia Bonacci
MC209 Siena Dal Bianco
MC212 Medina Eldan
SO103 Megan Mendoza Terms 1-2
Miriam Mackeen Terms 3-4
MC402 Isabella Czarnecki
MC313 Celia Finch
MC404 Georgia Hughes
MC403 Caitlin Micallef
MC401 Madison Soutar
MC312 Indigo Arman
MA217 Lilie Joseph
MA213 Ano Chanakira
MA106 Emma Bennett
MA218 Lucia Maalouf
MA203 Rachel Cassar
MA214 Renee Nehme
Prayer for our SRC leaders
Lord, as we discern the meaning of our call to servant leadership, help us recognize the ways you seek to minister through our lives. Inspired by the knowledge of your abiding presence, may we have the courage to reach out and support one another, to stand firm in what is true, to decrease when others should increase, and to lead with vision and compassion, as faithful followers of Jesus, your Son. We make this prayer to you in his name. Amen.
Our mantra:“Girls can do anything. Bethany girls can do everything!* (*except divide by zero)” Vicki Lavorato Principal