Pastoral Program Update

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Last term all Middle School girls took part in a Spelling Bee competition organised by our English Captains Chelci Cox and Trina Spinnler-Jenkins (Year 12). The girls thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to compete in teams of three, firstly against members of their form, then their year level and finally against other year levels. Congratulations to the winning Year 8 team!

Our Year 7s continue to work on their ‘significant person’ in preparation for the Night of the Notables. The event is taking place on Tuesday 27 October at 7.30pm. During their presentations students will take on the persona of their notable person and it is sure to be an entertaining and enjoyable night.

October 10 is Mental Health Awareness Day and this month we will be discussing various topics related to Mental Health with our Middle School girls. There is a strong focus on building resilience through ‘Mental Fitness’ and our Year 9s have been spending time working on ways to promote good mental fitness to Middle School students. This has included the creation of posters and even a few rap songs! The Black Dog Institute has a range of resources available to parents to help them to support their children. I would certainly encourage parents to take part in the eLearning modules ‘Building Resilience in Young People’ and ‘Understanding Mental Health’ available through the Black Dog Institute website 

Mental fitness is having a healthy and strong mind to allow you to handle the challenges and opportunities that life puts in front of you, without getting too worn out.

Being Mentally Fit helps you:

  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Handle stress more effectively
  • Let go of grudges towards past mistakes
  • Form stronger connections with people
  • Enjoy a more fulfilling and happier life

It essentially means being on top of your game and getting the most out of life. http://www.biteback.org.au/mental-fitness/

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by Oriana Constable, Head of Tintern Middle School and Girls Education

 

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