From the Principal

“… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…
Hebrews 12:1-2

Dear Families,

Greetings once again in Jesus’ Name. 

As the end of year rush comes upon us, how often do we find our minds wandering totally off topic when we’re in the middle of doing something?  I frequently find myself losing track of what I’m doing, it doesn’t matter if I’m marking tests or assessing a student’s work, or running out wire for an electric fence in my paddocks.   There are just so many things that can distract me.

So, for all of us, does it matter if we are focused on what we are doing?

YES, IT DOES!!

Science indicates that our ability to focus turns out to be a pretty good indicator of success.  When a group of college students were tested by how easily they have their concentration shaken, it turned out to be a direct correlation for how they fared at school.  Those who were able to maintain focus performed better!!

So parents and students, here are 3 simple hacks that will help you stay focused:

1. Make sure you are properly rested.

Sleep has a bad reputation!  High school students that get their required amount of sleep (8 -9 hours per night) tend to be regarded as lazy or apathetic.  Lack of sleep affects you in a number of ways, from slowing alertness, concentration and problem solving, to even making you forgetful.  When you’re suffering from a lack of sleep, don’t go for the Red Bull or other energy drinks, get your sleep, and you will find yourself staying focused more deeply and for longer.

2. Give your full attention to the task.

Think of how many times we don’t give our full attention to what we are studying:

  • we talk to the person next to us about a movie we saw
  • we google some random topic
  • we daydream while trying to read a book

If we give 100% attention to our study or work, we will strengthen our focusing skills.  The good thing is that the focusing skills we develop while studying or working distraction free, carries over into every other area in life.

3. Do ONE thing at a time.

A huge focus killer is that awful temptation and desire to be pulled in 100 different directions.  If you want to study or work well, cut all strings that may be tempting you, pick up one task at a time and focus 100% of your attention and efforts on it until it is complete. 

With the pressure of study and work, it is natural for us to believe that we can perform at a high level while doing several things at once.  In reality, multi- tasking has the opposite effect. 

I hope this is helpful and encouraging to you all!

The weeks ahead are packed full of action!  Please see our calendar of events on our website, or read the summary in this newsletter. Please pray for our staff and students as they bear the stress of end of year pressures. 

In all this, let us remember to focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and to run the race that He has marked out before us.

Blessings in His Name,

Jared Khu
Principal

School Chaplain

We have a new school Chaplain Dave Klauber. He will be at the school each Tuesday. He can be contacted through the school office on 6435 1128. Dave is also Chaplain at our Launceston Campus and also at Scottsdale High School. He has been involved with Chaplaincy for many years and is also a qualified teacher.

The role of the Chaplain includes:

  • Developing relationships with students by spending time with them both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Participation in relevant classroom and school activities.
  • Connecting with staff both informally and formally.
  • Being available to provide support for parents and develop relationships with them, where and when possible.
  • Provide one-to- one or group mentoring/support as needed.
  • Assist in counselling or obtaining such services when needed.
  • Providing support as needed at times of grief or crisis.
  • Provide guidance about spirituality, values and ethics to students.
  • Arrange/conduct training/education sessions for the school community as approved by the Principal.
  • Referring as needed, to specialists and agencies (in consultation with the Principal.

Participation with the Chaplain in activities other than classroom activities is on a voluntary basis. School Chaplaincy is funded by the federal Department of Education and Training through Independent Schools Tasmania.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHOOL COMMUNITY BBQ

We are holding a School Community BBQ for parents, students and staff on Thursday 7th December from 5:30pm. Further details to be advised.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Jed Clark — 18th

EVENT CALENDAR

November 2017

15th Wed-17th Fri - Whole School Excursion

30th Thursday - Grade 10 Leavers Dinner

December 2017

6th Wed—12pm - Visit to Cam Retirees

7th Thurs—from 5.30pm - School Community BBQ

8th Friday —1.45pm - Visit to Yaraandoo

14th Thursday - Presentation Night

15th Friday - Last day of Term 4

PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the churches in our school community

  • Boat Harbour Gospel Hall

  • Our School Leadership team

THANK YOU

A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way with our Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ.

We raised $1,053.39

SCRIPTURE VERSE

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."
1 Peter 3:8-9

TERM DATES 2017

Term 4

Tuesday 17th October to Friday 15th December 2017

Look who tried to visit the Primary Class.

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An Echidna!

COMMUNITY NOTICES

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

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