Middle School News - 30 May 2018

Middle School News - 30 May 2018

Middle School News – 30 May 2018

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Participation in various aspects of school life encourages the development of self-esteem and confidence as well as teamwork and a sense of community. The School Musical, The Wizard of Oz, delighted audiences, with the months of preparation evident in the outstanding performances.

Many girls were also involved in the QGSSSA Cross Country; this is a challenging sport, demanding a high level of commitment to training. The girls enjoyed the day with many being rewarded with personal bests. Last week a number of Year 9 girls also volunteered to model outfits at the Women’s Auxiliary High Tea. This was an exciting and unique learning experience for the girls as well as being fun. Congratulations to Ashlee Bennett, Elle Bentley, Grace Crowther, Eve Deshon, Finn Jeffries, Ivy Jurisich, Alisha Kennedy, Lily Licciardi, Ruby Nott, Julia O’Grady, Geena Reeves and Aimee Webb.

With the increased use of technology, daily habits such as reading may have diminished in popularity. Many of our students live busy lives, balancing academic requirements, co-curricular activities and family commitments. Free time is often spent watching television or on digital devices so that finding time for reading for pleasure can be challenging. However, those who have developed reading as a hobby are aware of the countless advantages associated with it. Reading broadens the thinking horizon of a person, improves vocabulary and cultivates sensitivity towards people of different cultures. Unlike movies where everything is determined by the producer, writer and director, books allow students to create in their minds what a particular character looks like, or to imagine how a scene plays out. Reading a book, therefore, allows a student to exercise and cultivate her creative thinking skills. Developing good reading skills can improve the ability to comprehend concepts and ideas as well as develop critical thinking and communication skills. Reading can broaden interests, as well as improve spelling and writing skills. There are many benefits to be gained from reading and I actively encourage students to try and find the time to read for sheer pleasure.

Organisation is one of the key components for school success. With a number of assessments due over the next few weeks the girls are encouraged to focus their efforts and be organised in their approach to their studies as this will help them to feel more confident. The following strategies may assist:

  • Plan – manage commitments; develop a study routine, use the assessment schedule to assist
  • Minimise distractions – find a suitable place to work that is comfortable and quiet; put phone and other electronic devices away during study periods
  • Be prepared – with all books, study materials and stationery; list down all tasks, complete with timelines
  • Manage your time – break down tasks into small parts; allocate study sessions into 20 – 40 minute blocks with rest breaks in between
  • Look after yourself – eat healthy food, keep hydrated, exercise and have a good sleep routine.
  • Seek help – ask questions, clarify understanding; attend tutorials.

As educators, we understand that parents want their daughters to get a good education, and there can be little doubt that the building blocks for this begin with attending school each day. Missing school can have a big impact on students, both academically and socially. There are certainly times when students need to miss school, particularly when they are ill. Setting good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can all make a big difference to the wellbeing of our students. While staff will support students to ensure the gap is minimised, it is always harder to catch up while everyone else continues to move forward.  If your daughter does miss school, please encourage her to check with her teachers to determine what work she has missed, as well as access support from the after-school tutorials on offer.

With the onset of some cooler weather, many girls are looking smart in their blazers. The girls are required to wear their blazers as the outer garment when outside the School gates and to formal occasions, such as Chapel and School Assemblies. Blazers and hats are a long-term investment for parents and are an expected part of the uniform. Well looked after, clearly named items will last for many years so please encourage your daughters to take care of these items.

Susan Sanburg
Head of Middle School

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