THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER
- Year 7 2023 - Orientation
MONDAY 5 DECEMBER
- Year 11 Biology Excursion to UNSW Museum of Human Diseases
TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER
- Annual Sports Presentation Assembly @ 9.30am
WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER
- Year 9 Italian Cultural Food Experience
THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER
- Academic Awards Assembly @ 9.30am
FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER
- Year 12 Mass @ 10.30am
MONDAY 12 DECEMBER
- End of Year Presentation Assembly @ 9.30am
TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER
- Jamberoo Excursion
- Riding for the Disabled
WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER
- Year Assembly
FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER
- Christmas Assembly @ 12.40pm
- Last Day of Term
STAFF RETURN | TERM 1 2023
Friday 27 January 2023 Staff Planning day
Monday 30 January 2023 System Staff Professional Learning Day
STUDENTS RETURN | TERM 1 2023
Tuesday 31 January 2023 Year 7, 11 and 12 students
Wednesday 1 February 2023 Year 8, 9 and 10 students
END OF TERM 1 2023
Thursday 6 April 2023
Self-control is a skill that allows us to manage our thoughts, actions, and emotions. Each and every day, we use self-control – often without realising it. Waiting in line at the shops, waiting for our turn to speak, sitting still, and listening are all ways we exhibit self-control. Some people experience difficulty with this, and for young people, having trouble with self-control can affect their ability to make and keep friends. Modelling good self-control at home can be beneficial to help children build their own.
Does your child have trouble with self-control?
Children build their self-control skills from a young age and well into their twenties, so it’s important to remember that young people and teens are still developing this. This means they will have challenges and make mistakes at times, and that’s okay. When these challenges and mistakes are frequent and severe, the below behaviours may be signs that they need help with self-control.
- Regular tantrums and outbursts
- Interrupting conversations
- Blurting out answers in class
- Grabbing things instead of asking first
- Cutting in line
- Having a hard time taking turns
- Getting frustrated easily and giving up quickly
- Having trouble listening to criticism
How to help build good self-control:
- Model self-control
Adults are not perfect either and will have our own struggles with self-control. Being conscious of this around your child is important to help model good habits. This may look like waiting 5 seconds and taking deep breaths before responding if you are feeling angry or frustrated, modelling respectful conversations, and active listening. Being honest about self-control is important. You might say “I’m feeling frustrated about how long this line is, but I’ll take a few deep breaths and be patient” – and this can help your child to recognise that it’s normal to feel these emotions and see firsthand how to control them.
- Name the feeling
Having the words to explain big emotions can help young people feel more in control and can help them to recognise these feelings before acting on them. Ask your child what they are feeling and why, to help them label it. Then you can brainstorm ways to feel better together. Naming feelings also helps to normalise them, and can deescalate the situation.
- Praise effort
Telling your young person that you appreciate their effort increases their confidence and shows that you recognise how hard they are trying. Even if things don’t work out, it’s important to state that you know they tried, by saying something like “I can see that you really tried to listen without interrupting, well done. We’ll keep working on it”. Praise is also more likely to help your child to feel more comfortable to come to you when they are struggling with self-control, rather than hiding it for fear of disappointing you.
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When your child needs to leave School early, please make sure they complete the following steps:
1. A written note signed from their parent/carer. This note can be made in the Student diary on the day of the planned absence, or on a separate piece of paper.
2. The student then takes the note to Homeroom and asks their Homeroom teachers to sign it.
3. The note must also be signed by a House Coordinator.
4. The student comes to the front office with their signed note.
5. Students sign out using their Student Compass Identity card.
6. Students wait for parent/carer to collect them.
Please note, parent or carer MUST present to the Office to collect student.
The College should be notified of any foreseen student leave. An Application for Exemption Form is available from the College Office and is required to be completed by parents/carers and returned to the College at least 10 school days prior to any leave. Leave or travel over 10 days requires a different form; please contact Reception. If, during the period of leave, your child has assessments due they should also complete the Notification of Planned Absence form which is in the appendix of their student assessment handbook.
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