Volume 18 - 13 Nov 2015

Invitation to a Reflection Day

Pope Francis has announced December 8th begins the Holy Year of Mercy. Come to a reflection day on Saturday November 28 entitled “Mercy Begins with Me” presented by Marist Father Ray Chapman SM. This is an open invitation to everyone. The day will be held at St Patricks Church Hill in the city from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information go to www.maristlaityaustralia.com

From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 4

  • 26 & 27 November: College Musical
  • 11 December: End of year Speech and Award Ceremony
  • 14 December: Last day of school for students
  • 15 December: Yr 7-10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews. 9-3:30 pm

 

Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Examination Pressure

  1. KNOW YOUR MATERIAL

The more confident you are about the topic(s) in your exam, the less stress you will feel come exam time.  Make sure you stay on top of your school work and homework throughout the term.  Follow up with your teacher, or another subject matter expert, if there are things you don’t understand, well before the exams.  Trying to understand new concepts the night before the exam is very stressful.

 

  1. PRACTISEnews

Make sure you do practise papers if they are available, or practise questions.  This might include multiple choice, short answer or essay style questions.  Always study in the way you will be tested. Work out a plan of action so you know how long you are going to allocate to each question type, what question types you will start with and what you will do if you come across things you aren’t sure about.

 

  1. FUEL YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND

In the days leading up to an exam make sure you get enough sleep.  Being tired makes it harder to concentrate and remember.  Fuel your body and mind by eating well and drinking plenty of water. 

 

  1. MANAGE THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF STRESS

Familiarise yourself with how your body feels when you are stressed.  Do you get headaches? Tension in your neck or shoulders? Does your heart race faster?  What happens to your breathing?  Whenever you feel these effects, quickly start some relaxation exercises.  A good one to try during an exam is to breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds and breathe out for 8 seconds.  Do this a few times to calm yourself down and allow yourself to refocus.

 

  1. BE PREPARED ON THE DAY

Make sure you have packed or prepared everything you need for the exam day the night before.  Have a plan for how you are going to get to school on time – including a back-up plan if necessary.  Eat a nutritious breakfast and make sure you are hydrated..

 

  1. VISUALISE

Use visualisation techniques to help reduce your stress on the day.  Every day in the weeks prior to the exam, last thing at night and first thing in the morning, visualise yourself calmly walking into the exam room, preparing your equipment, reviewing and completing your exam paper and feeling good about how you did.

 

  1. INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS IN YOUR SCHOOLWORK

Throughout the term talk to your parents about what you are studying.  Show them your bookwork and homework.  The more your parents understand about what you are doing and how you are going along the way, the better they are able to manage their expectations. They may also be able to help you study by testing you on what you are learning.

 

  1. TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT REALISTIC GOALS

Keep talking to your parents about what you want to achieve, in individual subjects, at school overall and in other aspects of your life.  Involve them in helping you to identify where to concentrate the most effort to achieve your goals.

 

  1. UNDERSTAND EXPECTATIONS

Many students feel like they are not meeting their parents’ expectations.  Often this is a result of poor communication about expectations by both parties.

 

  1. ASK FOR HELP

The most important way to deal with stress is by talking to people and asking for help. Don’t try and go it alone. Your school, teachers, parents and friends are your support structure so keep lines of communication open and let everyone know how you are feeling and what help you need. There are many formal school structures to assist: Teacher feedback on past assessments; Lifesavers; after school homework help.

 

 

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

Careers

Careers Advisory Service

A Careers Advisory Service is a free service provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Go online or call for free advice: www.cas.det.nsw.edu.au and 1300 300 687.

Please see the attachment below for further information.

MHSCareers website Calendar for more calendar events 

Please select the relevant state – NSW, to refine your search.

Go to:  http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/

 

UAC News September 2015

http://www.uac.edu.au/media-hub/newsletters.shtml

Go to UAC News September 2015

http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/publications/news/2015/september.pdf

 

Macquarie University Campus Tour

Date : 19th Nov 2015 Time : 5.30pm – 7.30pm Venue : Macquarie University Cost : FREE Contact : Helena Cantrall : futurestudents@mq.edu.au This campus tour is open to everyone who would like to hear more about Macquarie. Visit our wonderful campus, meet our Student Advisers and have your questions answered.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Open Day 

Date : 21st Nov 2015 Time : 10am – 3pm Venue : All AIE Campuses Cost : FREE Contact : Simon Freeman : simonf@aie.edu.au Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at an AIE Open Day. Sydney, Melbourne Canberra and Adelaide campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about full-time and part-time courses. For more information head to http://www.aie.edu.au/openday Bradfield Senior College Open Day Date : 25th Nov 2015 Time : 4:30pm – 07:00pm Venue : 213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW Cost : FREE Contact : Joanne Daly : joanne.daly1@det.nsw.edu.au. Bradfield Senior College, part of the Northern Sydney Institute, is holding Open Days on Wednesday 4 and Wednesday 25 November from 4.30 – 7pm. Students interested in the performing and creative arts are encouraged to attend. For more information contact the College on 9942 0399

The University of Notre Dame – There’s Still Time – Twilight Tours & Information Evening

Date : 24th Nov 2015 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404 Date : 25th Nov 2015 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404 Date : 26th Nov 2015 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404

 

University of Technology Sydney (UTS): New Bachelor of Science Analytics

The new Bachelor of Science Analytics focuses on the analytical skills and technical knowledge that underpin the sophisticated data tools on which key aspects of business activity rely. Students study key areas of business activity and develop a broad range of mathematical, statistical, computational and data management skills.

http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/find-a-course/courses/c10384

 

University of New South Wales UNSW: Australian School of Business Pulse Videos

ASB Pulse is the weekly video news segment that covers what life is like studying at the Australian School of Business. ASB Pulse gives students study tips, career tips from CEOs and industry leaders, business etiquette tips, even highlights and opportunities, clubs and societies, and networking opportunities.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL46078A38E17C48C2

 

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design: Being a Student at UNSW Art & Design

UNSW Art & Design has created this one minute video that encompasses everything that goes into the creative intensity of student life at UNSW Art & design.

To view the video, visit:

https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/news/being-student-unsw-art-design

 

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design: Media at UNSW Careers and Industry Evening

Mon 14th December, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

Hear from a panel of teaching academic staff and industry-based alumni about the breadth of study options within media at UNSW.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/media-at-unsw-careers-and-industry-evening-tickets-19370990153?aff=es2

 

Australian Catholic University (ACU): Uni and You Guide 2016

A guide to help students in their transition from high school to university by looking at university life, terminology, student support and key differences.

http://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/future_students/undergraduate/career_advisers/order_publications

 

Notre Dame gains the International Baccalaureate Certificate in teaching & learning

In a landmark move, The University of Notre Dame Australia will become the only university in NSW to award undergraduate students with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate in Teaching and Learning from 2016.  The course will provide future Primary and Early Childhood graduates with improved employability nationally and internationally.  

For more info, email sydney@nd.edu.au or tel: 02 8204 4404

Visit www.nd.edu.au/news/media-releases/2015/135

 

The University of Newcastle: Law Insight Evening

Wed 18th November, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, Watt Space Gallery

Senior secondary students are invited to the law school to hear about the law degree and the university’s own legal centre.

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/faculty-of-business-and-law/law-insight-evening2

 

The University of Sydney: Sydney College of the Arts Portfolio Day

Sat 21st November, 10.00am – 3.00pm, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Park Drive, Lilyfield

An opportunity to meet academic staff and receive feedback on portfolio and visual arts practice. Attendees are also encouraged to explore the SCA campus and meet some students and recent graduates.

http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/planning/portfolio-day

 

The University of Sydney: Sydney College of the Arts Degree Show

Opening: Tue 17th November, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Exhibition: Wed 18th November – Tue 24th November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

View work from students completing the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours).

http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/2015-undergraduate-degree-show

 

Western Sydney University: New Bachelor Humanitarian and Development Studies Degree

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies covers all aspects of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and development practice to equip students with the required skills, knowledge, and practical experience to work with national and international government and non-government agencies.

http://www.uws.edu.au/school-of-social-sciences-and-psychology/ssap/events/degree_launch

 

Bradman Scholarship Applications close on Sun 28th February 2016

Each year the Bradman Foundation offers a $5,000 per annum scholarship to one Australian student commencing university. The scholarship is chosen based on a blend of academic, sporting (cricket), personal and social skills which best fulfil the purpose of the scholarship. Contact: (02) 4862 1247 or info@bradman.com.au http://www.bradman.com.au/bradman-scholarship/

 

Sydney Institute of Business and Technology

Drop-in information sessions are held weekly on Thursdays from 12.30-1.30pm and 5.30-6.30pm at 11 York Street, Sydney.

Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT) is a direct pathway to a Macquarie University degree.

The college aims to ease the transition from high school to university level studies, offering a variety of foundation and undergraduate courses.

https://www.sibt.nsw.edu.au/about-sibt

 

Changes to VET FEE-HELP

A number of changes have been introduced to the VET FEE-HELP program to ensure that the loan process is transparent as well as ensuring the capability of students before enrolling. You can read more about the changes at the links below:

https://ministers.education.gov.au/hartsuyker/vet-fee-help-bill-push-dodgy-providers-out-market

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5535

 

Flying Fish Traineeships

Flying Fish Traineeships provide vocational qualifications and access to their worldwide recruitment service in yachting, watersports and winter sports.

Flying Fish has traineeship courses beginning in January and March in 2016.

http://www.flyingfishonline.com/

 

Macleay College: 2016 Scholarships

Applications for trimester 1 close: Fri 19th February

Macleay College is offering new and current domestic students the opportunity to apply for six scholarships over the course of 2016. Each trimester two scholarships will be offered – one to students enrolled in a Business program and one to students enrolled in an Advertising and Media program. Each scholarship is valued at $5,000.

https://macleay.edu.au/future-students/scholarships-financial-assistance

 

Coco Republic Design School: 2016 On-Campus Courses Coco Republic Design School has a number interior design courses available in 2016.

http://www.cocorepublic.com.au/design-school/start-learning/on-campus-courses/on-campus-courses

 

College of Complementary Medicine: Information Day

Sat 14th November, 10.00am – 3.30pm, Level 6, 124 – 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills

Learn about the natural therapies courses and career paths available.

http://www.complementary.com.au/home#overlay=ccmcalendar/event/inspiration-day-surry-hills-campus-1

 

 

Southern Sydney Business Education Network

Tue 3rd November – Sat 21st November, 10.00am, Sutherland Public School, (Cnr President & Eton St), H Block, Sutherland

Intensive and customized career confidence training programs held in the Sutherland Shire to help students become work ready.

Contact: 02 9521 0500 or info@ssben.com.au https://register.eventarc.com/31305/career-confidence-essential-skills-workshop

 

Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences

New findings from the Department of Employment’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences are now available online. The survey findings provide a useful source of insights about what employers are looking for in new employees and highlight ways job seekers can find new employment opportunities.

Access it online: http://lmip.gov.au/default.aspx?LMIP/RecruitmentAnalysis

 

New myfuture Website

The myfuture website has been relaunched with new features and an easier-to-use design. The content is more readily personalized to provide you with the information you need.

Check it out: http://myfuture.edu.au/

 

My Health Career: What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/psychology/what-is-the-difference-between-a-+psychologist-and-a-psychiatrist

 

Youth Central Top Ten Study Tips

Ten tips for students on the best study practices and habits.

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/studying-training/studying-tips-resources/top-10-study-tips

 

Youth Central Career Profiles

A comprehensive list of careers that allows students to gain insight into a job or industry by hearing from those already working in that job. Students are able to search through over 250 jobs to learn more about possible careers.

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/search/site/Jobs%20Careers%20Career%20profiles%20A%20Z%20list

 

Ms Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

 

International Day of People with Disability

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

INTERNET ADDICTION: What Can Parents Do?

With students ages 8 to 18 spending on average 44.5 hours per week in front of screens, parents are increasingly concerned that screen time is robbing them of real world experiences. Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel “addicted to video games” (31% of males, 13% of females).  These are the results of a new study of 1,178 U.S. children and teens (ages 8 to 18) conducted by Harris Interactive (2007) that documents a national prevalence rate of pathological video game use.

Dr. Douglas Gentile, Director of the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University reports, “Almost one out of every ten youth gamers shows enough symptoms of damage to their school, family, and psychological functioning to merit serious concern.”

Beyond gaming, students are filling their free time with other Internet activities: social networking, instant messaging (IM), blogging, downloading etc. Dr. Kimberly Young, Director of the Centre for Internet Addiction Recovery, identified the following potential warning signs for children with pathological Internet use:

  • Loses track of time while online
  • Sacrifices needed hours of sleep to spend time online
  • Becomes agitated or angry when online time is interrupted
  • Checks email several times a day
  • Becomes irritable if not allowed access to the Internet
  • Spends time online in place of homework or chores
  • Prefers to spend time online rather than with friends or family
  • Disobeys time limits that have been set for internet usage
  • Lies about amount of time spent online or “sneaks” online when no one is around
  • Forms new relationships with people he or she has met online
  • Seems preoccupied with getting back online when away from the computer
  • Loses interest in activities that were enjoyable before he or she had online access
  • Becomes irritable, moody or depressed when not online

The Emotional Costs

Internet addiction among children is a growing concern. Online access is a vital part of the modern world and an important tool in the education of our children. In addition, it is a highly entertaining and informative medium. However, these very qualities also make it an enticing escape for many children. They can be anyone in an online chat room, or play thrilling and challenging games against other players from all corners of the globe. With the click of a mouse, they can enter a different world where the problems of their real life are no longer present, and all the things one wishes he or she could be or experience are possible.

Like addiction to drugs and alcohol, the Internet offers children and adolescents a way to escape painful feelings or troubling situations. They sacrifice needed hours of sleep to spend time online and withdraw from family and friends to escape into a comfortable online world that they have created and shaped.

Children who lack rewarding or nurturing relationships or who suffer from poor social and coping skills are at greater risk to developing inappropriate or excessive online habits. Because they feel alone, alienated, and have problems making new friends, they turn to invisible strangers in online chat rooms looking for the attention and companionship missing in their real lives. They may come from families with significant problems, and they cope with their problems by spending time online.

Socially, they learn to instant message friends rather than develop face-to-face relationships, which can impact their way of relating to peers. As one principal explained:

The internet is hurting their ability to work in groups. Our teachers struggle to get them to participate in any kind of team assignments; instead they would all rather stare at the computer. When I observe them talking to one another in the hallway, I see young girls who are socially aggressive or inappropriate, and I can’t help but think that the Internet is socializing them in ways that emotionally stunts them and makes it difficult for them to deal with others in the real world.

What Can Parents Do?

Address the problem:

In a two-parent household, it is critical that both parents present a united front. As parents, each must take the issue seriously and agree on common goals. Discuss the situation together and if necessary, compromise on desired goals so that when you approach your child, you will be coming from the same page. If you do not, your child will appeal to the more sceptical parent and create division between you.

In a single-parent household, the parent needs to take some time to think about what needs to be said and to prepare for the likely emotional response from the child. A child who is addicted to the Internet or becoming addicted to it will feel threatened at the very idea of curbing computer time. A single parent needs to be prepared for an emotional outburst laden with accusatory phrases designed to make the parent feel guilty or inadequate. It is important not to respond to the emotion—or worse yet, get side-tracked with a lecture on disrespect. Acknowledge your child’s feelings but stay focused on the topic of his or her Internet use.

Show you care:

It will help to begin your discussion by reminding your child that you love her and that you care about her happiness and well-being. Children often interpret questions about their behaviour as blame and criticism. You need to reassure your child that you are not condemning her. Rather, tell your child you are concerned about some of the changes you have seen in her behaviour and refer to those changes in specific terms: fatigue, declining grades, giving up hobbies, social withdrawal, etc. Assign an Internet time log– Tell your child that you would like to see an accounting of just how much time she spends online each day and which internet activities they engage in.

Remind them that with television you can monitor their viewing habits more easily, but with the Internet you need their help and cooperation to become appropriately involved. Put them on the honour system to keep the log themselves for a week or two to build trust between you. If they balk at this idea or clearly lie in their log, you are likely dealing with their denial of addiction.

Become more computer-savvy:

Checking history folders and Internet logs, learning about monitoring software, and installing filters all require a degree of computer savvy. It is important for every parent to learn the terms (both technical and popular) and be comfortable with the computer, at least enough to know what your child is doing online. Take an active interest in the Internet and learn about where your child goes online. There are many resources available online at www.esafety.gov.au .

Set reasonable rules:

Many parents get angry when they see the signs of Internet addiction in their child and take the computer away as a form of punishment. Others become frightened and force their child to quit cold turkey, believing that is the only way to get rid of the problem. Both approaches invite trouble– your child will internalize the message that they are bad; they will look at you as the enemy instead of an ally; and they will suffer real withdrawal symptoms of nervousness, anger, and irritability. Instead, work with your child to establish clear boundaries for limited Internet usage. Allow perhaps an hour per night after homework, with a few extra weekend hours. Stick to your rules and remember that you’re not simply trying to control him or her – you are working to free them of a psychological dependence.

Make the computer visible– Move your daughter’s personal computer and personal devices  (iPad, iPhone) out of her bedroom.

 

LEAVE REQUESTS FOR STUDENTS IN 2016

Our Term dates for 2016 are as follows:

Term 1: 29 January (7, 11, 12), 1 February (8, 9, 10) 2016 until 8 April 2016

Term 2: 26 April 2016 – 1 July 2016

Term 3: 18 July 2016 – 22 September 2016

Term 4: 10 October 2016 – 14 December 2016

It would be desirable if all holidays were booked in the published vacation times. If you wish to seek leave outside of these dates, please consult with the information on our website. It is the expectation that as minimum, students must attend school for at least 85% of the year. That is, cannot have more than 30 days off per annum.

If you seek leave for your daughter, take into account that she may need time off during the year due to illness or misadventure. Once we dip below 85% attendance, there are real concerns about your daughter’s ability to progress to the next year of schooling.

Our approach to attendance is underpinned by extensive research both here in Australia and overseas that definitely makes the point that each day counts.  An interesting longitudinal study was conducted in Western Australia and is worthwhile reading. [Reference: Hancock, K. J., Shepherd, C. C. J., Lawrence, D., & Zubrick, S. R. (2013). Student attendance and educational outcomes: Every day counts. Report for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Canberra.]

 

YEAR 7 2016 ORIENTATION DAY: THE CLASS OF 2021

DOLWe held our orientation for our incoming Year 7s last week: the “Dolphins”. Mrs Rizzo, their Year Coordinator next year, outlined her reasons for giving the group this moniker:

  • Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-believed to be unique to humans (although now recognised in various species).
  • Dolphins have several highly developed forms of communication. They have a “signature whistle” which allows other individuals to recognise them.
  • Dolphins are altruistic animals. They are known to stay and help injured individuals, even helping them to the surface to breath. Their compassion also extends across the species-barrier. There are many accounts of dolphins helping humans and even whales.

 

 

We know our Class of 2021 is a collective group of highly intelligent girls and we trust their compassion for one another, and their skills in communication, will set them apart within our school community. We know their squeals will already be their “signature whistle”!

We have many new families joining our community, for the first time. For some families it is their second or third child going to high school so they know what to expect but for others it is the beginning of the six year journey to the Higher School Certificate.  Here is some advice for our new parents.

 It is important to teach your daughter to be mature, independent adults before they enter the school gates.  They need to read school rules and procedures carefully, listen to directions, and be prepared to suffer the consequences of repeated poor choices.

They need to learn social skills: How to introduce themselves to new girls, being polite and courteous to all around them, including adults and teachers.  Being inclusive of isolated girls and not repeating harmful gossip is top on the list of surviving high school. Girls need to become the change they want to see in others before they try to change others.

Reading is also important. Our Year 7 (2016) students will receive a reading list tailor made for their level of reading and comprehension. Girls should continue to read widely, fiction and non-fiction, and make a point of keeping up with global, national and international news so they can refer to these in specialist areas in Years 10, 11 and 12.

 

 

 

 

Tickets are selling fast. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets and ensure you don’t miss out on an amazing evening. To purchase last remaining tickets, please click on the following link:  http://www.tickethost.com.au/Eventlist.aspx

 

 

 

Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”
 
 
Vicki Lavorato
Principal

 

Mental Health Month – October 2015

As you are aware, October was Mental Health Month, and our goal last month was to encourage students to make a promise and a commitment to make a little time in their busy lives to look after their mental health. Throughout the month, the students at Bethany organised various activities to support their fellow students in looking after their emotional well-being and to smash the stigma around mental health. Below are some snap shots of the activities that have been running over the last 2 weeks…

The Bethany Board

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Students were encouraged to write/draw something positive on a board that represents who they are.

 

 

A special thank you to Tyla Fawcett and Lara Trisley for organising the activity

 

Headspace Stall

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Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. They set up a stall and provided our students with information about mental health. They also had some great giveaways for the students.

 

 

A special thank you to Headspace for their support during Mental Health Month

 

Meditation

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Students were encouraged to take deep breaths and to focus their mind for a period of time as a method of relaxation.

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes for Mental Health

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Students made and sold cupcakes for charity.

 

 

A special thank you to Lucy Cottier, Isabella Staninovski, Dinethi Algama, Aaliyah Lasala, as well as Miss Therese Napoli and her class for making and selling the beautiful cupcakes.

 

Zumba

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Students were encouraged to participate in an aerobics fitness program that allows them to dance and feel free and happy.

 

 

A special thank you to Filitsa Vais, Anna Maria Sanchez, Angel Quintal, Caitlin Micallef, Rochelle Stevenson, Valantia Stamatopoulos for organising the activity.

 

Origami

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Students were encouraged to write their worries on a paper crane and let them flow away.

 

 

A special thank you to Dakota Martin, Tahlia Kwan, Charlene Garcia and Stephanie Krieg for organising the activity.

 

Paper Planes

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Students were encouraged to write their worries on a paper plane and let them fly away.

 

 

A special thank you to Grace Robinson, Alexia Vassilopoulos, Lucienne Pacifique and Jennifer Barros for organising the activity.

 

Letters of Gratitude

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Students were encouraged to write letters expressing thanks to the people around them.

 

 

A special thank you to Olivia Shrestha, Emily Kotevski and Carolina Perrino for organising the activity.

 

Yoga

Miss Robinson ran Yoga classes that taught students about breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, to promote health and relaxation.

A special thank you to Miss Linda Robinson for organising the activity.

 

Tai-Chi

Mrs Sullivan ran Tai-Chi classes that taught students about breathing, movement and meditation.

A special thank you to Mrs Jane Sullivan for organising the activity.

 

Relaxation Exercises

Students were encouraged to engage in various activities that promote relaxation, including mindful colouring, blowing bubbles, singing, dancing and drawing.

 

Improving confidence and self-worth

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Students were encouraged to write something positive about themselves on a love heart. The comments were put on display in the school corridor.

 

 

A special thank you to Kate Ficarra, Caitlin McGarry and Fiona Pelosi for organising the activity.

 

 

Inspirational Tree

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Students were encouraged to write something inspirational and motivating about life and to place it on our wooden Bethany Tree in light of ‘Together We Grow’.

 

 

A special thank you to Jade Serban and Stephanie De Silva for organising the activity.

 

Party with the Pinata

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Students got involved in a piñata game that allowed students to release nervous energy. Once the piñata burst, students had access to inspiring quotes and lollies.

 

 

A special thank you to Kaitlyn Rooke, Marissa Faith, Joanna Vazouras, Sharlize Lasala, Ashleigh Grady, Serena Siow and Monica Krstevski for organising the activity.

 

More Cupcakes for Charity

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Students made and sold cupcakes for charity

 

 

A special thank you to Miss Therese Napoli, Mrs Robyn Allan and her Year 8 and Year 10 Food Tech class for organising the activity.

 

Letting go of worries

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Students were encouraged to write their worries on balloons and let them go

 

 

A special thank you to Kaitlyn Rooke, Marissa Faith, Joanna Vazouras, Sharlize Lasala, Ashleigh Grady, Serena Siow and Monica Krstevski for organising the activity.

 

I would like to thank all the students and staff that helped facilitate the activities for Mental Health Month. It was admirable to see how many students took time out of lunch to get involved in the activities. I strongly recommend that you all continue to take some time out of your busy lives to engage in some fun, physical or relaxing activities to help improve your emotional well-eing. I will leave you with the following quote: “Never get to busy making a living that you forget to make a life”.

 

Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

 

Year 12 Design and Technology HSC Powerhouse Nominations

Congratulations to Isabelle Vaccarella and Emily Mullen who’s Major Design Projects have been nominated for consideration for inclusion in a combined Technology exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in 2016. The exhibition will showcase a selection of exemplary works from the 2015 HSC Design and Technology course.

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Isabelle’s Project focused on raising awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I was inspired by the need to educate adolescents aged twelve to eighteen about how an absence in social support towards current Australian military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan can contribute to the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The research conducted throughout my Major Design Project proved that having an understanding and respect for soldiers will increase self-esteem and minimise the feeling of disassociation from society for the soldiers .This essentially leads to decreasing risk factors of PTSD such as suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, homelessness and violence.

My project consisted of setting up a charity and an educational campaign focused on two different target audiences. Firstly adolescence for which I designed a poster and iPhone cases and secondly the corporate sponsor market for which I designed a glass plaque that would be exchanged for sponsorship. Funds raised through my educational campaign would go back into the charity.

 

 

 

 

Emily’s Project was inspired by a personal need.

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Emily’s project has been endorsed by the Immune Deficiencies Foundation of Australia.

My Major Design Project was aimed to assist and reduce anxiety in children who undertake subcutaneous infusions. Subcutaneous immunoglobulin infusions are used for individuals who have compromised immune system meaning they are more susceptible to catch infections and colds. They require weekly subcutaneous infusions via a needle to boost their immune system. My inspiration for this project stemmed from personal experience of this disease. I was recently taught how to perform these infusions at home and quickly discovered there were limited resources appropriate for children. 

To ensure this was a universal need I held numerous interviews with children and parents that use this treatment and it became evident that the infusions caused children anxiety due to the fact they simply did not understand the procedure. As a result I designed a resource kit that will be distributed to children. I designed the kit based around the character “Banjo Bear.” The resource kit contains a storybook explaining how subcutaneous infusions work aiming to encourage children to assist their parents throughout the process. Additionally, I designed an activity book using the system of “wipe and write” so it can be repeatedly used. It contains numerous vibrant pictures and activities to distract the child through the procedure. The distraction program also consists of a stress ball, pack of playing cards and Banjo Bear. Lastly, an essential aspect of the procedure is to record the blood product, the site the needle was placed in and reactions in order to reduced anxiety. It was important to involve the child in this procedure to help gain understanding. Therefore, I used the friendly character “Banjo Bear” and a sticker system that allows children to record their own reactions in an interactive manner. 

As a part of my project I sent the parts of the resource kit to the Immune Deficiency Australia (IDFA) a small non profit organization for immune diseases. The IDFA was overwhelmed with the project and plan to publish and distribute the books amongst patients and doctors. They also plan to place the resource kit in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to assist children understand the procedure and reduce anxiety. 

 

St Michael’s Parish Fundraising Evening

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Year 7 History Excursion

On 4 November 2015, Year 7 history classes went to the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University.  We had a great time learning about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece and other ancient civilisations. There were a variety of new things that we all learnt such as : how the Roman Empire functioned, their harsh laws, and much more. Throughout the excursion there were many ‘wow’ moments. We looked at and got to touch things that we never thought we’d even get close to, like 4,000 year old Egyptian canopic jars! Overall it was an amazing experience and a great learning day. Everyone enjoyed the excursion, especially the Egyptian exhibits and went away understanding a whole lot more about these ancient civilisations.

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Remembrance Day

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