Volume 03 - 06 Mar 2015

Letter from Dan White

Dear Parents/Carers

Demand for places in our Catholic schools has never been greater, and it is not hard to see why.

Our schools continue to provide outstanding opportunities for students in an environment where the gospel values are lived out each day.

In order to meet this demand, the Catholic Education Office Sydney is  growing existing schools and planning  new ones; however, if it is going to be able to meet demand, more schools will need to be built in the years ahead, particularly in the inner-west and south-west regions of Sydney.

To do this, we need the help of the State Government.

With the NSW state election just around the corner, please keep in mind this critical issue.  We are seeking a clear statement from all political parties about what support they are prepared to provide to help meet the capital cost of building new schools.

I will provide more information about this issue in the coming weeks.

Dr Dan White
Executive Director of Catholic Schools

Careers

Lunchtime Careers Talks

The following Lunchtime Careers Talks have been arranged for Year 12 students. Information on such things as early entry schemes, scholarships, courses, bonus points, pathways as well as publications including Undergraduate Guides 2015 and early entry information will be made available to students.

Yr 12 Students are encouraged to attend.

Bethany College   Lunchtime Careers Talks 2015

 

 

Term

Tertiary   Institution

 

Date

Location

1.

Term1

Wk 6

AustralianCatholicUniversity (ACU)

 

Wednesday March 4  

 

MC 311

2.

 

Term 2

Wk 1

University of Wollongong (UOW)

 

Friday April 24

 

MC 311

3.

Term 2 Wk 2

University of Western Sydney (UWS)

 

Friday May 1    

 

MC 311

4.

Term 2 Wk 4

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Monday May 11

 

MC 311

5.

Term 2 Wk 4

University of Notre Dame   (UND)

 

Wednesday May 13

 

MC 311

6.

Term 2 Wk 5

University of Sydney (USYD)

Monday 18 May 

 

MC 311

7.

Term 2 Wk 7

University of TechnologySydney (UTS)

 

Monday June 1

 

MC 311

8.

TBA

Macquarie University

Video Conference Link

TBA

9.

TBA

TAFE NSW (TBA)

 

 

 

Thinking of studying Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney

In addition to the ATAR, there is the following additional criteria as outlined on the UAC website for Yr 12 students:  

Additional selection criteria: Year 12 applicants will be considered for selection based on their ATAR (or eqv), their result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice and their statement of commitment to Veterinary Science.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): The final date for sitting Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for entry to B Veterinary Biology/Doctor Veterinary Medicine in 2015 is Saturday 29 November 2014.

Commitment to Veterinary Science form: Information on the statement and the relevant form can be obtained from the Faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/bvetbiol-dvm/entry.shtml. Final date for returning the statement directly to the Faculty is Friday 28 November 2014.

 

STAT the Special Tertiary Admissions Test  

Do you need to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)?

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study. STAT is used by many institutions as part of their admissions procedure for some courses and certain categories of applicants. While STAT is not generally used for Year 12 students, the one specific course where Year 12 students must sit STAT is Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. (Students no longer need to sit STAT for Pharmacy at University of Sydney.)

STAT candidates must register through UAC.

STAT is used by many tertiary institutions in Australia as part of their admissions procedure for certain applicants. Read What is STAT? (http://www.uac.edu.au/stat/what-is-stat.shtml) for more information.

 STAT sittings are usually held in May, and from September to January each year.

STAT information and test dates for the May 2015 testing period will be available from early April 2015.  Information is also available on the ACER website which also includes STAT Practice Tests  http://stat.acer.edu.au/

 

Thinking of studying Medicine

UNSW Year 12 Medicine Information Evening

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2015 
Time: 06:30pm to 07:30pm                 

For further information and registration details go to: https://www.whatson.unsw.edu.au/egateway/students.events_search

UMAT Preparatipon – Students interested in studying Medicine

Free MedStart Seminar Hurtsville – ‘Secrets of Getting into Medicine’

Hurtsville: Sat 14th March, 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Chatswood: Sat 21st March, 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Epping: Sun 29th March, 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Staff from MedStart will explain and demonstrate what UMAT is, how it’s structured and what to expect when sitting the exam. 

For more info and to register:  http://www.medstart.com.au/#expo4

 

Professional Cadetships Australia

Business Cadetships

Business Cadetships combine university study with paid work at a leading global company. Apply online to Professional Cadetships Australia at www.businesscadetships.com.au

Applications open: 9 March 2015

Applications close: 13 May 2015

Engineering and Technology Cadetship

Apply online to Professional Cadetships Australia using the ETCAD website www.etcad.com.au

Applications open 28 April 2015

Applications close 12 June 2015

 

Useful Careers websites and school subscription access

Below are some very useful careers websites. The first two require a subscription and all students and parents have access to these two sites through a school subscription as outlined below with the relevant passwords.

JOBJUMP website: Student and parent access via school subscription

Students now have access to the jobjump website via a school subscription. The website is designed for students and provides comprehensive access to careers information and links to other websites and related information. Go to website: http://www.jobjump.com.au/

Login details:             Type the first couple of letters of the school’s name in the first white box on the left hand side and when Bethany College appears, simply click on it. Then either enter with or without an email address. You choose if you wish to register with an email address. If you choose not to register and enter an email address, simply go further down the paragraph and click on the ‘Click here’ button.

Put in the school password: hamsters, then click Login and you should be off and running.

Navigate by selecting an item along the horizontal tool bar at the top of the web page.

MHSCAREERS Website – Access for parents and students

Parents and students have access for 2014 to the mhscareers website via a school subscription. View the website at: http://www.mhscareers.com/

Login with either: “student”, “parent”, “ca” or “other” Password: 14cairns

To view the ‘news’ pages and the ‘calendar’:

Go to NEWS for weekly newsletters for each state (select NESW/ACT).

Go to CALENDAR and then select the State (NSW/ACT). You can also include a search item by going to search for eg engineering and then select date, and events will be listed.

JOB OUTLOOK. This website made by the Department of Employment provides information on prospects, trends & other data for a huge range of occupations. It also provides links to job vacancies, education & training courses, and more. Occupations can be searched by name, keyword, industry or category.

The website also features a career quiz which can help students to find what type of work they like the best. Go to: http://joboutlook.gov.au/

The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities. Go to:  http://www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au/

The Job Guide also provides information regarding Looking for work (click on – see the left hand side bar) in relation to a number of steps including (click on)Step 3: Applying for positions and includes information (and samples) on:

My Resume Builder: This website contains informative articles, resume samples and templates to ensure that you create an impressive resume. Go to: http://www.myresumebuilder.com.au/

Australian Apprenticeships is an Australian Government site all about apprenticeships and traineeships — what they are and how to find one. Go to:  www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

myfuture provides current career information, articles and links to resources to assist young people on their career journey. Go to www.myfuture.edu.au

Career Education outlines careers and labour market research information site to help you decide on your future career. It provides information on employment characteristics, trends and prospects for occupations, linking to vacancies on JobSearch and education and training courses on the myfuture website. Go to: http://www.australia.gov.au/topics/education-and-training/career-education

My Skills Australia’s Directory of Training – A Government initiative to assist individuals and employers to choose the training provider that best suits their needs. My Skills features all publicly-available, nationally recognised vocational education and training in Australia. Go to: http://www.myskills.gov.au/

Labour Market Information Portal provides industry skills information, including employment data and links to information on employment, careers, skill needs and training. Go to: http://lmip.gov.au/

Study Assist provides information for prospective and continuing Australian tertiary students on the schemes available to help pay tuition fees and contributions, available scholarships and more. Go to: http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/

 

Upcoming Events

UNSW: Creating Architecture – Talk by Vladimir Belogolovsky

Fri 13th March 2015, Chemical Sciences M1, UNSW Kensington Campus

Vladimir Belogolovsky’s talk, Curating Architecture was first developed for a lecture tour across universities in Asia and Australia in October-November 2014.

The lecture examines some of the most critical and transformative events and tendencies in the culture of curating, exhibition making, and exhibition design from around the world.

http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/Curating_Architecture

UNSW Year 12 Medicine Information Evening

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2015 
Time: 06:30pm to 07:30pm    

For further information and registration details go to: https://www.whatson.unsw.edu.au/egateway/students.events_search

 

UMAT Preparatipon – Students interested in studying Medicine

Free MedStart Seminar Hurtsville – ‘Secrets of Getting into Medicine’

Hurtsville: Sat 14th March, 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Chatswood: Sat 21st March, 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Epping: Sun 29th March, 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Staff from MedStart will explain and demonstrate what UMAT is, how it’s structured and what to expect when sitting the exam. 

For more info and to register:  http://www.medstart.com.au/#expo4

 

University of Western Sydney: Observatory Astronomy Nights

Sat 14th March, 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Sat 28th March, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
UWS Observatory, Penrith Campus

The evening will include a presentation, a 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through the observatory’s telescopes.
http://www.uws.edu.au/observatorypenrith/uws_observatory_-_penrith_campus/whats_on

Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening 
Date : 18th Mar 2015 Time : 6pm
Venue : Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station)
Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening  Come along to ACAP’s Information night and find out more about our VET, Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Diploma and Masters programs. Meet our academic team and take a tour of the campus; ACAP staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station). RSVP at http://www.acap.edu.au/future-students/info-sessions/. Email info.acap@navitas.com or call 1800 061 199 for more information.

The University of Notre Dame – MBBS Information Session
Date : 22nd Mar 2015 Time : 12:00pm Venue : 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Those considering studying the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) commencing in 2016 are invited to attend an information session at our purpose-built Darlinghurst campus.  The session is designed to help you find out more about the admissions process, an overview of course content, meet current students and tour our facilities.

UNSW: Built Environment Parent and Student Information Session

Wed 25th March, 6.00pm – 8.30pm,  

A valuable information session where students can:

  • Learn about degrees within the disciplines of Architecture, Design, Construction and Planning
  • Hear about the career paths within the Built Environment
  • Have any questions answered about studying at the faculty of Built Environment at UNSW

http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/Parent_Info_Night

 Sydney Design School Information Session
Date : 26th Mar 2015 Time : 6pm Venue : Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards
Cost : FREE Contact : Julie Knox : (02) 9436 1902
Come along and find out more about the world of Interior Design & Decoration, see samples of our student’s great work and take a tour of our campus. 
Register now at http://sydneydesignschool.com.au/

Projects Abroad Information evening
Date : 30th Mar 2015 Time : 6.30pm-7.30pm
Venue : Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place, Sydney 2000
Cost : FREE Contact : Aimee Townley : aimeetownley@projects-abroad.com.au / 1300 132 831 Programmes are available for school leavers and for year 10 & 11 students during their summer break. Registrations requested:www.projects-abroad.com.au/about-us/meet-us/ or 1300 132 831.

 

Viviene Gereige
Vocational Learning Coordinator                 
 
                                                                                                         

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

The Season of Lent; The Journey Continues

How are you journeying through Lent? Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to our faith.  In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our actions. This Lent, take time to pray. Take time to think of others. Take time to reflect upon your own actions. This Lent, take time.

Year 7 Bibles

Year 7 students received their Bible in their RE classes in the past week.

Thank you to Mrs Karen Cotogno-Young, Mrs Vesna Mihaljevic and Mrs Tanya Moody for their generosity in labelling and sorting the Bibles into RE classes. Your support of and service to the College community is very much appreciated.

Year 9 Reflection Day – Wisdom and Respect

On Monday 16 February 2015, Year 9 students participated in their Reflection Day, facilitated by Mr Chris Doyle from Kairos Ministries. Chris led the students through personal reflection and response through song, storytelling and personal witness.

Below are some responses to the question One thing I learnt from the day…..

  • To respect my self and to respect others.
  • That I can stand up and speak in front of others.
  • To listen to other people.
  • To sing and dance and have fun.

Thank you to Mrs Pelham, Mrs Pentland, Mrs Sullivan, Mrs Colreavy, Mrs Smit, Mrs Rizzo and Mrs Vale for their support on the day.

 

 

Bethany College Brekky Van Saturday 28 February 2015

Thank you to Angela, Anita, Abigail, Alex, Bethany,  Charlotte, Natalie, Maria, Eugenia, Luca, Charmaine, Mary, Eugenia, Christina, Sharlize and Stella from Year 11 and 12 and to Ms Mirabello, Mrs Lambert, Ms Gereige and Mrs Vale from the staff for being part of the Bethany College Brekky Van team on Saturday 28 February, 2015. Thank you also to the Spratt family for their contribution to the food supplies. This generous service to those in need in our community is a tangible expression of our faith.

Bethany College again be supplying and running the St Vincent de Paul Brekky Van on Saturday 14 March 2015. Bethany College will purchase the goods for the breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, bread, tea, coffee, juice) and student and staff will then cook and serve the breakfast.

Donations of eggs and fruit (tomatoes, strawberries or grapes) would be gratefully appreciated. Please contact Miss Kleist before Wednesday 11 March 2015 if you are able to support the Brekky Van supplies.

Mary Kleist
Leader of Religious Education and Mission

From the College Counsellor

Stay positive and motivated!

Time flies! We are already half way through Term 1 and I can already see students getting anxious over school commitments. It is really important that you balance your workload with some strategies that help you feel relaxed, motivated and happy. Here are some basic strategies that I recommend:

  1. Focus on your strengths. People often hyper-focus on their flaws and try to find ways to fix them which can often put a downer on your mood. At the end of everyday focus on 3 things you did well in the day.
  2. Positive coping strategies. It is important to incorporate positive coping strategies in your routine including exercise, drawing, and relaxation.
  3. Positive self-talk. The running commentary in our brains can really impact on how we view ourselves and the things around us. Catch yourself having negative thoughts and try to challenge and reframe them in a positive way.
  4. Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. We can’t change the fact that stressful events happen but we can change how we interpret and respond to these situations. Try to work through the present by looking at past events that you have overcome, and what you can do to make the future a little better.
  5. Maintain a hopeful outlook. An optimistic and positive outlook allows you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
  6. Take time out. Set aside some time to liberate yourself from the psychological bombardment of mobile phones, laptops and other technological intruders. Take some deep breaths and just absorb the joys of just being.
  7. Forgive. Forgiveness is the emotional equivalent of losing weight. Focus on your goals/values and don’t let the negative effects of grudges/revenge weigh you down or take you off track. Accept whatever has happened and that it cannot be changed, let it go and move on.
  8. Live by your values. Values are different to goals as they drive the way we want to interact with our world day to day. Think about what actions you choose to take that will help you live a life in line with your values.
  9. Keep Learning. We sometimes take learning opportunities for granted. Stop and reflect on how lucky we are to live in a country in which the pursuit of knowledge is so easily fulfilled. Always aspire to keep learning as part of your social, emotional and intellectual growth!
  10. Spend time with family. Make sure you set aside at least one day a week to do an activity with the family without distractions e.g. have dinner together, playing a board game, going for a walk etc. Family time is good for the soul.
  11. Praise. Look for opportunities to praise others as this can have a positive and empowering effect on yourself and those around you.

Most of all just enjoy the journey of life!

 

Katerina Stratilas
College Counsellor

 

Performing Arts

Congratulations to all of the talented performers who auditioned for Legally Blonde. We are excited to announce the cast for the 2015 production of Legally Blonde Jnr The Musical…

ELLE:                                    
SABRINA LOPEZ (11)
 
PAULETTE:                       
MELISSA LAMERI (11)
 
VIVIENNE:                         
KIRSTEN TSOLTOUDIS (9)
 
MARGOT:  
PRISCILLA MIDON (10)
 
SERENA:                             
LILLIAN CONTE (9)
 
KATE:                                    
TYLA FAWCETT (11)
 
PILAR:                                   
GEORGIA MORRISON (8)
 
DELTA NU:                           
NATASHA BINI (10)
CLOVER McCALLUM (10)

 

DRAMA ENSEMBLE:       
JESSICA DAY (11)
STELLA DIMITRAKAS (11)
 
WHITNEY:                            
BIANCA GEORGIEVSKA (9)
 
ENID:                                       
ROCHELLE STEVENSON (9)
 
BROOKE WYNDHAM:     
TBA
 
CHUTNEY:                             
BETHANY PRICE (11)
  
ENSEMBLE: 
MARCELLA NASTASI (9)
GEORGIA ROBINSON (9)
MIA MIHALJEVIC (9)
MARISSA FAITH (11)
JACI MACK (10)
EMMA BENNET (10)
ABBY BENNET (7)
CRYSTAL RUZ (7)
TARA KAPILA (7)
JENNIFER ATHANASIOU (10)
ALANA JONES (8)
OLIVIA GINARDI (9)
ALEXIA RYAN (9)
SERENA PICCOLRUAZ (8)
AMELIA COLUBRIALE (10)
MELISSA RUZ (10)
 
 
 
 
Clare Moroney
Music Teacher
 
 

 

 

 

PDHPE

2015 BETHANY COLLEGE SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Tuesday 10 February, students of Bethany took part in the College’s annual Swimming Carnival. The day is an important one. It assists in the selection of students to represent the College at the Sydney Catholic College’s (SCC) Swimming Carnival; promotes the value and benefits of physical activity in a fun and fair competition; and builds school and house spirit amongst the students and staff of the College.

There were many wonderful individual performances throughout the day. In particular, Bridget Cole (year 10) was awarded the School Swimming Champion for 2015.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Carnival to support their daughters, the staff for a job well done, Jade Hennessey and the wonderful sports captains – Jaimie-Lee Rios (Melba); Madison Dias (Franklin); Julia Colubriale (Kellerman) and Samantha Saliba (Oodgeroo) for their enthusiasm on the day and finally to those students who gave it their best.

HOUSE CHAMPIONS

1st Melba

2nd Franklin

3rd Kellerman

4th Oodgeroo

AGE CHAMPIONS

12yrs   Kayla Siachoque

13yrs   Kiera Warn

14yrs   Mallory Hull

15yrs   Bridget Cole

16yrs   Scarlet Klem-Goode

17+ yrs Michaele Parker

INVITATIONAL CHAMPION

Bridget Cole

SCHOOL SWIMMING CHAMPION

Kiera Warn

2015 Sydney Catholic College Sports Association (SCC) SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Success for Bethany College at the SCC Swimming Carnival! The carnival was held on 2 March at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre. Our girls put in some strong performances across all age groups which resulted in Bethany College finishing second overall. Congratulations to Bridget Cole who was awarded 15yr Age Champion 2015 and Keira Warne (Yr7) 13yr Age Champion. Keira also broke an SCC record in the 13yrs 100m freestyle event in 1.06.49.                                   

Congratulations to all the girls who represented Bethany College. Thank you to Mr Staples – team manager; Mrs Oliver, Mrs Maroney and Mr Hull (Mallory’s Dad) who were officials on the night and to all the parents who came along to support the girls.

SCC SPORT

It’s been a good start to the year for all SCC teams.

RESULTS after Rd.5:

Junior Volleyball –  2nd

Intermediate Volleyball –  4th

Open Cricket –  2nd

Senior Touch – 3rd

CGSSSA SPORT

SOFTBALL

For the first time, Bethany College entered two teams, a junior and senior team in the CGSSSA Softball Championships held 16 February, at Manly. Both teams improved as day wore on and with each game they played. The senior team won the Plate Division and the junior team finished 5th overall in their division. All the girls played with enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and are to be congratulated on their behaviour throughout the day.

CRICKET

CGSSSA Cricket was held at Queens Park, Waverley on the 23 February. The team participated with great enthusiasm however they just missed out on the 3rd Vs 4th final. Finally, placing 5th overall, beating Monte St Angelo in the 5V6 final. Thank you to Miss Cox for taking the girls.

FITNESS CLUB

Morning Fitness Club began this week .

30 students have joined for the term 1. Some new and old faces. All very eager to participate.

INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS

Congratulations Lara Morris!!

Lara recently represented Australia in ice skating. She competed in the 15 years Synchronized Ice Skating Team, travelling to Rouen in France and Salzburg in Austria. Her team placed 12th at the French Cup and 15th at the prestigious Mozart Cup. Lara said “it was one of the best experiences” of her life and that she enjoyed every minute competing and discovering new parts of the world.

The Bethany community is very proud of Lara’s achievements.

 

COMING EVENTS

CGSSSA Touch                        

11 March 2015                                                            Doyle Park, Parramatta

CGSSSA Soccer                      

 25 March 2015                                                           Morrison Bay Fields, Gladesville

 

Cath Summons
PDHPE Teacher

Additional News

Night Works on Forest Road

From Monday 8 March to Friday 26 June, there will be changed traffic conditions on forest Road, Bexley.  Due to night work, there will be lane closures in place between 9.00p.m. and 5.00p.m.   Motorists may experience delays during and after these times.

There will also be some temporary changes to street parking as equipment may be parked on side streets during that day, making some parking unavailable at times.

 

Café Bethany

Are you free in the mornings for a couple of hours?? Volunteers are needed to help out in our friendly school run canteen.

If you can manage a few spare hours on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, we would love to have your presence. A great opportunity to get involved with the school. Please contact Gill in the canteen on 8566 0711.

 

Study Skills

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March Wellbeing Focus

Article from Generation Next by Justin Coulson PhD             

Teens and their phones are almost inseparable. Most parents and teachers are troubled by this – and rightly so. Excessive or inappropriate device usage is shown to interfere with sleep, relationships, academic difficulties, and physical activity and health. These each influence wellbeing in important and positive ways, so when devices interfere, outcomes are sub-optimal. Additionally, some early research has indicated that excess device use is associated with increased risk of being bullied, increased aggression, and even increased risk of disordered eating.

Most importantly, adolescent use of electronic devices of all kinds is associated with decreased relationship quality between parent and child, or teacher and student. Put simply, phones and tablets are a continual source of conflict in many homes and classrooms, regardless of how clearly the rules are established.

Devices can help us all be happy

In recent years there has been a surge in the development of apps designed to bolster mental health and wellbeing. Some of these apps are best used in consultation with a psychologist to monitor wellbeing and inform therapeutic delivery. Others are fun and clever ways to monitor happiness, mood, or other variables related to wellbeing (like fitness).

There is limited evidence that these kinds of apps work to significantly improve psychological wellbeing. However, if the kids are on the phone, they may as well be focused on good things rather than Snapchat, Kik, itube, or other apps less associated with bolstering wellbeing.

Here are 7 apps that can be helpful for youth to check in, see how they’re going, and find motivation to achieve greater wellbeing, health, or other goals.

Mood Meter

Developed in association with the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence and their RULER program, this app requires the user to check in as often as they want in order to record the emotions they are feeling, and what they are doing. The app is designed to expand the user’s emotional vocabulary (great for building emotional intelligence), spot behaviours that are precursors to different emotions, consider strategies for improving their emotional regulation, and even see reports linking emotions with outcomes.

Mindshift

A tremendous app for teens and young adults to deal with anxiety in effective ways. The app is designed to help teens develop more helpful ways of thinking, and become proactive in dealing with anxiety-inducing situations.

Optimism

Once again, along the same lines as other mood-tracking apps. I found it particularly interesting that reviews for this app all referenced the way the program helped users share data with their doctors. A mood-charting app that helps users monitor their moods, develop and monitor strategies for dealing with difficulties, and identify when things start to go pear-shaped.

My Mood Tracker

This was rated as the best health app a few years ago (so it’s been around a while). The app is similar to the Mood Meter, but provides more information, and it can collect information on additional things like sleep, menstrual cycles, and so on. A lite version is available for free, but the paid version is superior because it gives a full history.

Deep Sleep

You will have to pay for this app, but it’s a ripper. Sometimes it can be hard for our teens to get to sleep. They’re wired, buzzing, and want to keep going. This app works through a progressive muscle relaxation session, helping listeners get to sleep fast. It is a smart choice for teens always buzzing and resisting rest. (Also, check iSleepEasy as an alternative.)

Depression Check

This app asks, ‘What’s my M3?’ It is a 3-minute depression and anxiety screening tool that uses validated assessment to help identify risk of depression, bipolar, and anxiety disorders. Simple reports are provided that recommend a way forward, and a history log is also kept and available.

Strava

This is one of dozens of fitness apps that teens who want to exercise more should get hold of. The Strava app (which means “to strive”) is switched on when exercise (for example, a run) begins. It measures distance and time. The route is mapped via GPS so the user can see precisely where they’ve been and what they’ve done. And kms and time are tracked over weeks and months so cumulative totals can be reviewed. The user can also create ‘segments’ and compare him or herself to track improvement over time. They can also compare themselves to others on their own segments, or segments others have created. Plus it has a positive social aspect. ‘Kudos’ are given by friends when someone achieves a goal. Apps like strava promote goal-setting, optimism, social connection, and physical health – all of which are powerfully linked to wellbeing.

It is worth remembering that many of the ‘wellbeing’ apps available are nothing more than pop-psychology. Some are made my app-developers and have no psychometric (or psychological) testing. Several that I wanted to refer to in this article make claims that extend well beyond what science teaches us. And I have left out the therapeutic apps because they’re best used in consultation with a psychologist or other health professional.

But with minimal effort and by using the technology at our fingertips, we can guide youth to greater emotional intelligence, increased motivation, and potentially greater wellbeing – all while using their smartphone.

Katrine Barnes
Year 8 Coordinator

 

Coulson, J. (2015). Generation Next. Accessed 5th March, 2015 from   http://www.generationnext.com.au/2015/03/want-to-be-appier-7-apps-to-boost-wellbeing/

 

       

Debating / Public Speaking

Last Friday, the 27th of February, a group of Bethany students from a range of year groups participated in the first round of the Catholic School’s Public Speaking Competition at Waverley College. It was a great opportunity to showcase their skills at talking in front of an audience on a range of topics; from ‘talk is cheap’, and ‘life is beautiful’ through to, ‘thin ice’, ‘peace on earth’ and even the much derided “YOLO”. Having the confidence to speak in front of a crowd is a skill in itself, and everybody who presented their speeches made a fantastic effort regardless of the results. The competition was tough with so many other schools competing, but a well-deserved congratulations goes to Justina Alabasinis (Year 8), Brooke Salisbury (Year 8) and Valantia Stamatopoulos (Year 9) who made it through to the Zone final for the 6th of March, best of luck to them in this very competitive event.

By Eugenia Alabasinis, Debating/Public Speaking Prefect