Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Importance of Exercise

Welcome back to our returning students and families and in particular, a very warm welcome to our new students and their families.

We are off and running for Term 3 with crisp mornings and beautiful winter sunshine. Winter can be a time of year when we are tempted to stay under the doona for longer and enjoy watching our favourite TV shows. I have been reading a great deal about the importance of exercise and how this can impact on our ability to focus attention to our work and studies. A single workout can shift our attention and focus for up to two hours leading to an increase in our ability to remain on task. Exercise acts as a protective factor on the brain and if you think about the brain as a muscle, the longer one works out the more you protect the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brain. These two areas are the most susceptible to neurodegenerative disease and cognitive decline which comes from ageing.

This does not mean that we need to start running marathons, yet three to four 30-minute exercise sessions a week will make a huge difference to how we work, feel and cope with all the tasks we do as a student, employee and family member. Perhaps it is time to start talking to your daughter about the importance of exercise and how she can build this into her weekly routine. So rather than staying under the doona, consider getting out for a walk and enjoying the benefits of exercise and moving.

Wendy Suzuki’s TEDWomen 2017 talk on this subject is fascinating. I have included the link here for you to watch when you have some time.


Conversations this week:

Year 12 Careers Conversation with Ms Donnan
Year  11 Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Year 10 Learning and Pastoral Conversation with Mme Martin and Mr Madigan
Year 9 FNQE Conversation with Mr Merchant and the School Counsellors
Year 7/8 Conversations with the advisors


Upcoming Events:

Year 10 Year 10 Dinner Dance, The Epping Club Friday 27 July | 6:00 – 10:15pm
Year 9 Far North Queensland Experience Sunday 5 August – Friday 17 August


I wish you and your daughter’s a successful start to Term 3. Please feel free to contact me via   email if you have any questions or concerns.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care