Secondary Academic

Adaptability Is Our Theme in the Secondary School this Term!

I have been enormously impressed with the speed, energy, and grace with which our teachers and staff have pivoted to online learning, and to work from home. Similarly, our students’ ability to throw themselves into their learning with all the challenges of this current season, has been striking.

With changing and sometimes conflicting messages from government and health authorities (themselves struggling to rapidly adapt to evolving circumstances), we have been forced to shift direction multiple times over recent weeks. Whilst I acknowledge the frustration and uncertainty such change may provoke, I am grateful for the trust our students and families have shown to our teachers and similarly, to our leadership team.

Finally, I urge students and parents to continue to reach out to the relevant staff at the College should there be any way we can serve you throughout this challenging season.

Study Skills Tip – How To Stay Positive About Your Schoolwork

It can be difficult to stay positive at all times about your schoolwork, particularly if you have challenged whether they be personal or whether you are grappling with something like online learning. When we allow pressure and stress to build we can get into bad habits and let go of good habits. As a result, students can feel even more drained and exhausted.

The key to being positive and managing negative emotions such as anxiety and feeling down and depressed in any pressure situation including schoolwork and exams is to “fuel up”. “Fuelling Up” is about boosting wellbeing factors in your life. You need to boost the wellbeing factors in your BODY, MIND, and EMOTIONS.

BODY: Here are some things you can do to boost the energy in your BODY

  • Get better sleep.

Feeling good all starts with getting the right amount and type of sleep. Start with a good night-time routine. Stop anything that stimulates you such as caffeine or TV or computer, iPad or phone screens etc. Try a warm drink such as chamomile tea and use essential oils such as lavender oil. Having a soothing bath or shower can also help along with gentle stretching of tight or tense muscles. If you still feel you are not getting a “good” sleep be sure to see your doctor.

  • Eat-in Moderation

Never skip a meal, especially breakfast. Breakfast replenishes your body and helps you start your day full of energy. Eat three main meals, and two to three snack meals a day. Eating five to six times a day keeps your blood sugar levels balanced, giving you an overall sense of well-being needed for focusing on your tasks and responsibilities.

  • Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise, at least three times per week for a minimum of 30-minute sessions, can virtually “soak up” stress chemicals in your body and help you to relax and even sleep better. Brisk walking, aerobic classes, swimming, bike riding, or jogging are great exercises to release stress buildup and relax your body and mind to either start or end your day right.

MIND: Here are some things you can do to THINK more positively

  • Change your thinking and perceptions

Write down your top 5 fears and worries. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Then ask yourself, “IS THAT TRUE”? Usually, fears and worries are not based on reality but on imagined scenarios that have little to no evidence. If it’s something that can’t be changed bring acceptance to it. It is what it is for now!

  • Change your focus

Have you noticed that what we worry about we make bigger and keep closer to us by the way we think and focus? Try this…make your fears and worries SMALL in size (5 cm in height) DARK in brightness and as far away as possible in DISTANCE. When we change the size, brightness, and distance of the things that upset us in our minds it reduces the intensity of the emotion.

 

Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary