Welcome back to all Year 7 and 8 students, it has been so wonderful to have all students and staff back on campus and engaged in learning. There have been a total of 424 Aspire points awarded to Year 7 and 8 students so far this year for demonstrating our college behavioural expectations of Work Hard, Aim High and Be Good. Congratulations to all of those students.
Year 7 Camp
On March 1-3 our Year 7 students are attending our camp at PGL Campaspe Downs, near Kyneton. The camp has great activities including raft building, canoeing, rock climbing and flying fox. Last minute details including packing lists will be distributed in the coming days.
30-Day Challenge – Respect
From Week 6 – Week 9 of Term 1, students and staff will take place in a 30-Day Challenge, with the key focus being respect. During this time, students will be rewarded with Aspire points for demonstrating respect in all areas of the college as outlined in our School Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix. Throughout the 4 weeks, students and staff will participate in classroom activities, competitions and celebrations acknowledging positive behaviours that students have been exhibiting. We look forward to this upcoming 30-Day Challenge.
Harmony Day – March 19
On the 19th of March, Elevation Secondary College will be celebrating Harmony Day. Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. As a college, we will celebrate the diverse range of students and staff that attend and work in unison and share the unique experiences we have that contribute to making Elevation Secondary College an exceptional school.
Lunch Time Activities
Another benefit of having new teachers to the school is the interests and hobbies they share with students. We have a number of lunchtime activities about to begin including Debating, Music Rehearsal Club, DJ Club, Chess Club, Fitness Club, Art Club, Maths Club and more to come. Keep an eye out for posters around the school with more information.
With all of these wonderful opportunities at school, one of the most important things you can do to help your child achieve is to ensure they are getting the 9-10 hours of sleep every night they need to concentrate and grow. The brain uses sleep to process information learned every day. Without enough sleep, the brain isn’t able to place this information into long-term memory. Good sleep routines also allow for better concentration, behaviour, self-regulation and emotions.
Things we strongly recommend include:
- Remove all technology from bedrooms (video game consoles, TVs, iPads, computers, phones – charging phones overnight in a common area is often a good idea)
- Encourage reading before bedtime to wind down rather than television
- Keep a regular bedtime routine including weekends
- Ensure exercise happens every day, especially on non-Phys Ed days
- Children often find the routine frustrating for a few nights, but adapt and are much happier in the longer-term. Stick at it, and don’t give in.