Learning

ICT Update

Earlier in the term Years 7 and 10 received their new Windows 10 laptop. Now we are in a position to update the laptops for Years 8, 9 and 11 to Windows 10.

Firstly, each student in Years 8, 9 and 11 will have their laptop checked by ICT. In this audit ICT will examine the condition of the laptop and see if any repairs need to be carried out. On this topic we ask that the girls use the laptop bags with which they have been provided.

Secondly, each laptop will be dropped off to ICT, reimaged with Windows 10 and returned to the students. We have selected the times to minimise disruption to their learning. Please note this means the laptop will be completely wiped so back up and checking back up is very important.

Thirdly, the girls have been notified of these procedures and how they need to check their Google Drive back up, One Note back up and make sure they have backed up folders in other locations separate to Google Drive.  We also encourage students to consider purchasing an external hard drive as an additional location for a backup of their information. If students need support to back up their work, they can visit the IT Help Desk or contact Mr Pluss. 

The dates for the re- imaging of the laptops are as follows (the laptops will be dropped off the day before and picked up the day after): 

  • Year 11 Music Festival – 29 March
  • Year 9 Athletics Carnival – 5 April
  • Year 8 Camp Term 2 10 – 12 May

 

Mr  Martin Pluss

Dean of Learning

 

The Value of Stress 

I have written in the past about the value of stress in our lives – which seems like a very strange message to be sending to our students.   However I believe it is timely and appropriate to reinforce this message again.

Stress is an unavoidable aspect of life and something that we all face on a regular basis.  There is often a great deal of dialogue around stress and the effects that it can have on us.  It is sometimes worn as a badge of honour; one hears people loudly proclaiming how stressful their life is or what a stressful day they have had.  However it is also important to consider stress as a necessary evil, and, indeed, debunk the myth that stress is an aspect of our life that must be quashed! 

It is precisely this issue that we address with our senior students through our learning programs.    Our Year 11 and 12 students will discuss how stress makes them feel, the physiological reaction we have to stress and how we respond to this reaction on a day-to-day basis.  Further to this, we explore why our bodies react the way that they do in stressful situations and will share anecdotes of moments when we have been affected by such signs of stress.  A racing heart, flushed face, sweaty palms, a racing mind are all symptoms that we discussed.  However, rather than despair at the thought of being swamped by such symptoms, we discuss with the students how these responses to stress can be harnessed for our benefit!  Indeed, athletes use stress to assist with their performance, harnessing the adrenalin to spur them on to success.  We will learn that stress actually increases blood flow to the brain and therefore makes our brains more active (if we learn to manage the symptoms and reach an optimal leave of what is known as “flow”).  Finally, we will explore the importance of stress in that it encourages us to set deadlines and organise our work so that we can meet these deadlines. 

Such discussion is timely as Year 12 are approach an Assessments Block and Year 11 will begin to receive notifications for their first assessment tasks.  It is important for all of us to be mindful of the fact that stress is inevitable, but something that can be harnessed for positive outcomes. 

Click here to learn more about the power of stress from the author of The Upside of Stress¸ psychologist Kelly McGonigal. 

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman
Acting Director of Learning

 

Dates to Remember –  Term 1 2017

Year 12

Year 12 Assessment Block 2

Monday 20 March 2017 – Tuesday 28  March 2017

Year 7

Year 7 Parents & Student Study Skills Evening with Prue Salter

Monday 3 April 2017

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Gonzaga Barry Centre Level 3: 3.01-3.04

All Years

Careers Evening (optional)

Tuesday 14 March 2017

3:30pm – 7:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Centre