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From the Acting Deputy Principal

05.03.20

We have had a busy start to Term 1 with events such as Year 7, 8 and 9 camps, Masses, Swimming Carnival and the Year 11 Formal.

Students have also settled well into their learning and their different classes and subjects. It is important that all students, but particularly our Senior students create a realistic study/homework timetable. This will support students in managing their time well and help to reduce the stressors of due dates and other activities. Use of the College diary is an important tool and I encourage all students to record their due dates, set homework and co-curricular activities carefully. The diary can also assist you in supporting your daughter in completing homework in a timely manner. SEQTA Engage can also provide you with your daughter’s upcoming assignments to assist you in supporting her in developing important organisational skills.

In the last few weeks we have also had the delight in welcoming parents and families to the College. Monday 10 February saw the Year 7 Parent Information Evening hosted in the Year 7 classrooms. Parents and families were able to hear from their daughter’s Pastoral Care Teacher about some of the routines and expectations at the College while also having the opportunity to meet other parents.

In the following week, on Tuesday 18 February, the College welcomed Madonna King to speak to our staff and then at a Parent Information Evening for all parents. Madonna is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator. She has won several national ABC awards for her journalism. Madonna’s ninth book is called Fathers and Daughters and it follows her award winning book, Being 14. Madonna has been an in-demand speaker for school communities, particularly focused on the challenges faced by teen girls.

She shared with both groups of people some of the fascinating things she discovered in her research for these books. Madonna’s research included interviewing thousands of teenage girls, their families and teachers to understand what is important to adolescent girls and what they want from us as their parents, guardians and teachers. She left us with a few key things to think about:

  • Making sure our girls get enough sleep
  • Realising the importance of friendships and connections to them
  • The impact of the expectations they feel
  • Trying to help them to understand the importance of delayed gratification
  • How important Dads are in their lives

It is clear she made an impression as many parents who attended commented on how valuable her presentation was.

 

Cathy Swain
Acting Deputy Principal