Welcome back to Term 4. This is the first newsletter for the term and by now you will have already received a lot of communication from the school. I understand that it is very difficult to remember the latest information in these ever-changing times with the changes of COVID restriction. To find the latest information on returning to school click here.
As lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted to varying degrees, we are entering a time of transition and adjustment. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted us all. For some it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things.
Many young people may be excited at the prospect of restrictions being lifted, whilst others may be feeling mixed emotions. Reactions will differ depending on how well they cope with stress and change. Keeping a check on your child’s mental health and wellbeing as they adjust to new routines will be vitally important.
There is still a lot of uncertainty ahead of us, so focusing on the things you can control or enjoy doing, can help establish predictability and familiarity for the whole family. Adult carers need to provide young people with reassurance by acknowledging any concerns and fears they may have at this time. Consider this to be a normal reaction, however it may be best to focus more on their feelings and emotions, rather than the practicalities at this stage.
In this Special Report, we share a few ideas about how to help ease this time of transition. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report :
At this time of year, most students will be completing examinations. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (Australian psychologist) in a recent webinar provided some very good tips which are helpful for parents to assist their children.
The first thing we associate with exams is stress. We have to model that not all stress is that bad. The right amount is good for us. We know we all survived our exams and that the right amount of stress is good for us and our performance. We need to teach our children by providing the best preparation and letting them learn what they can handle.
• 20 minute study rule. Study, then have a break. Breaks are good for concentration. Avoid constant distractions. No one can study 6 hours.
• Use habits for example, same time and same place each time they study.
• Say it Loud. Tell someone what you are learning. It is the best way to remember things. Get your child to talk out loud to you.
• Sleep. Get a good night’s sleep before your exam and sleep is directly related to your results.
• Diet and your brain. The brain never stops working and needs constant topping up with the fuel. Meat, fruits, veggies, yoghurt, omega 3- tuna and salmon, diary and eggs, blueberries, nuts walnuts, avocados.
• Hydrate before exams, energy drinks only are no good before exams do a a smoothie – with above ingredients
• Motivational techniques – fake it till you make it. Act like you can do it.
Lastly to Year 12 students. Don’t lose sight of your goals. The best view is at after the steepest climb. You are nearly there. Create study online groups. Improve your notes, share your talents, and meet in the same location with one another.
We will provide more information about returning face-to-face learning closer to the date of returning.
“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7