This week in Conversation
- Year 12 – were in conversation with their Tutors on managing time, expectations and coping strategies in assessment blocks.
- Year 11 – were in conversation with Ms Watkins, Mrs Stooke and Heads of House on moving on from last week.
- Year 10 – were in conversation with Ms McCullough and Mrs Vink on the Diocese of Broken Bay World Youth Day Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey and the Year 10 Dinner-Dance
- Year 9 – were in conversation with Mr Pluss and Ms Bateman on strategies around using the internet too much, turning off social media, harnessing the good things about the internet to help learning.
- Year 8 – were in conversation with their Advisors on Dr Tom Nehmy’s Healthy Minds Program – important concepts to aid emotional self-management and mental health. Firstly, recognising that avoidance prevents us from learning, how to solve problems, tolerate distress, develop coping strategies, and build resilience. Secondly, that by developing ‘psychological muscle’ we are able to moderate our behaviour and make good choices. Some stress and discomfort is part of performing well. If we don’t have enough stress, we don’t perform as well. If we have too much stress, it inhibits our performance or leads to burnout. Mrs Carolina Murdoch also chatted to the girls about the importance of a growth mindset.
- Year 7 – were in conversation with Ms O’Dwyer on debating, oratory and speech skills.
Year 7 and Year 12 SRC Trivia night
The SRC ran a very successful Trivia Night last Friday. The theme was ‘Heroes and Villains’. The students were very creative with their outfits for the evening and it was wonderful to see the Year 12 girls looking after their Year 7 buddy and having lots of fun and laughs.
A huge thank you to our SRC Team who, under the leadership of our SRC Captain, Shivani Reddy, planned a fun-filled evening which ran very smoothly. Thank you also to our SRC teachers for your support and help throughout the evening.
Year 8 and Year 9 SRC Loreto Dance is on Friday 11 march
The theme for the SRC dance is ‘Double Denim’. Please ensure your daughter has read the dress code rules. Any breaches of the rules will result in your daughter being sent home. To ensure comprehensive supervision of all areas, we have many staff at the school on the evening but we also appeal for any support from parent volunteers. If you would like to be part of the parent body present that evening, please let me know on email@example.com
Updating family circumstances and contact details
Please ensure that any changed family circumstances or contact details is communicated to the school so that we can ensure effective contact if the need arises.
Teachers will be regularly checking uniform. Please ensure your daughter wears her hat, the correct earrings which includes no plastic coverings, nose rings, studs or earring at the top of the ear, no makeup, and that she has the correct dress length and lace up shoes. All the information about uniform is in your daughter’s Student Handbook.
Free workshop for parents/supervisors of learner drivers
In conjunction with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), the City of Ryde is holding a free workshop on how to help Learner drivers become safer drivers. We also recommend that the Learner driver attend.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Mrs Elsa Vink
Acting Dean of Pastoral Care
Set Yourself Up For A Great Year
Make this the year that you will remember for the rest of your life as the time you really set yourself on the pathway to success. There are several sure-fire ways to make this the best year so far.
1) Make friends with everyone you know
Parents, teachers, friends, everyone! One of the ways of reducing your stress levels is to set out to have as many positive friendships this year as you can.
2) Acknowledge your inner genius
You are much, much smarter than you know. If you practice doing your best in life you will succeed because very few people ever practice doing their best.
To do your best you have to get out of the habit of predicting that things won’t go well for you. If you look for what’s going to go wrong, you will always find it. If you look for what works, life just gets a lot easier.
Aim to develop at least one positive aspect of yourself this year. The easiest way to start this is to appreciate the quality you want to develop in yourself.
3) Know that geniuses make mistakes
People who achieve a lot know that you have to make mistakes to learn. In fact, learning often involves making a mistake and then figuring out what went wrong. If you get too scared to make a mistake, you will not do anything different or new in your life and that would be, well, a mistake!
4) Prepare yourself for learning
Thinking positively isn’t enough for successfully achieving goals. You have to focus and do things differently. Concentration is hard to achieve and very easy to lose. Find ways to reduce distractions, at least while studying.
Not everyone in your life will be a well-wisher in your self-improvement and learning plans. They may discourage you from your goal. Surround yourself with people who encourage you. Take time to be an encourager of other people rather than being a critic.
5) Liven up your life and get enough sleep
Sleep helps you to manage stress, stay happy and also increases your marks. The best way to protect yourself from being stressed or depressed is to get enough sleep.
You need at least 8 hours and sometimes as much as 9 and quarter hours a night. If we don’t get enough sleep we often become tired, moody, bored and boring.
6) Be healthy – eat breakfast
Some people skip breakfast, but you often learn best at school in the morning and it helps to have some protein in you to feed your brain. A lack of protein can actually cause headaches, concentration problems and low energy.
7) Do the most important things first
Get into the habit of being effective. Write a to-do list each week. Ask yourself the question, “What is the one thing I could do this week in each subject area that would improve my results?” Then do it.
8) Use your time well
Many people muck around in school and then wonder why they have to do so much work outside of school. If you can focus and listen well while at school you can save yourself endless hours. Hours that you can spend doing the things you really want to do. Some people find if they sit at the front they are less distracted.
Teachers want their students to do well. Watch your teachers closely. Observe the things that they emphasise or repeat. Take notes of these things. It is a fair bet that these things will feature in tests and exams.
9) From little things big things grow
Do a little bit, often. Succeeding at school can be easy if you do a little bit each day. The best learning occurs when you do spaced interval training. This means do a little bit of practice every day. Interval training is especially powerful in subjects like maths and the sciences.
10) Focus and immerse yourself
For at least some time every day switch all forms of technology off and focus on whatever you’re studying. Don’t try to watch TV, listen to music or gaze at a screen at the same time as learning something. Technology is not going to be there in exam rooms so you need to be practiced at performing without it.
11) Don’t try to predict the future
Most students are really bad at predicting how well they are going to do. In fact, they are hopeless at it. So don’t spend the year thinking how awful your results could be. Just do the most important things first and do them regularly.
12) Be curious
Think of someone you know who always seems to know interesting things – weird facts, strange occurrences, funny jokes, and whacky stories. Try to be one of these people. Look out for and learn things that are fun and interesting.
13) Play more
Be active; break out into a sweat now and then. Lack of blood flow is a common reason for lack of concentration. If you’ve been sitting in one place for a while, stand up and stretch or bounce one of your legs for a minute or two. It gets your blood flowing and sharpens both concentration and recall. Even if you are really busy three twenty-minute bursts of exercise a week makes a massive difference to your stress levels, happiness and sleeping.
14) Decide to be happy
Lots of people wait to be happy. They wait for the situation to be right. Or they wait for the right friends to show up. Some people spend their entire lives waiting to be happy.
Decide to be happy now. Have a look at the things in your life you can feel lucky that you have. Appreciate the people who like you and love you.
Make the most of the moment and seize the day.
Help and encourage other people.
Be a really good friend.
Have a fantastic year.
– Andrew Fuller
Andrew’s most recent book is “Unlocking Your Child’s Genius” (Finch, 2015)