Parent Bulletin 16
Friday 17 July
Term 3 2020
Thank you for your ongoing support of the college. I know that things are very difficult in our community at this time. I would like to acknowledge the work that has been done this week to prepare for another period of remote and flexible learning by our teaching and support staff. Students, teachers, and parents working together during this challenging time will enable the best outcomes for all of our students.
Year 7 - 10 Remote and Flexible Learning Teaching and Learning Framework
You will have received the communications regarding the arrangements for the period of remote and flexible learning for Term 3. You can also find the whole framework on the school website.
The mental health and wellbeing of our students is paramount during these challenging times. The resources outlined below are designed to provide you with tools to support your child.
Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing
Support the mental health and wellbeing of your child during remote and flexible learning with new resources from the Department of Education and Training. There are tips to kick-start conversations, ideas to stay active, advice about being safe online, as well information to help you take care of yourself during flexible and remote learning.
To download these resources and for more information, visit the Family Health section of the Department website.
Coping with feelings of anxiety and Stress:
It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during a time like this. It’s important to remind yourself that this is a normal reaction and it will pass.
There are ways to support other people or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain.
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
A free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Mental health information and support for all Victorians
eheadspace 1800 650 893
Online and telephone support and counselling for 12 - 25 year olds, their families and friends.
Headspace Glenroy – 1800 880 218.
Orygen Youth Mental Health 15 to 24 year olds – 1800 888 320
Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health up to 15 year olds
1800 44 55 11. (Free call) Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (excluding public holidays)
Coronavirus hotline – 1800 675 398 open 24 hours, 7 days.
or your health care professional / Your local GP.
While you are in a period of self-quarantine, make sure you reach out to the people you trust, like friends, family, neighbours. Share how you feel and try linking with people who are in a similar situation as you.
Set up healthy daily routines:
A regular routine will help you feel happier and less bored. Your routine should include maintaining regular mealtimes, eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep and keeping physically active around the house.
Physical activity is a proven way to reduce the effects of stress. Look for online content that could help you exercise, do yoga or learn a new healthy pastime. Dust off your home exercise equipment, and use the downtime to improve your fitness!
VicHealth has reviewed the best smartphone applications for healthy living.
It is normal to want to stay informed, and there are many sources of information about coronavirus in the media. Remember that too much exposure during this time, especially to confronting news content, could be harmful to your mental wellbeing. Set limits on the amount of time you spend watching or reading news or social media commentary.
Mid Year 2020 Online Showcase!
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and has turned the music and performing arts faculties on their heads. This week would normally see the students performing for over 1500 people at the Mid Year Concerts held at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds. Obviously, we are unable to hold these concerts, and so instead we will be sharing some performances put together in the short time that we’ve been back on site in the last few weeks. This is a celebration of the hard work of the students and to give you a glimpse into what might have been.
We will be sharing clips over the next few bulletins as our class ensembles have a chance to record.
In this instalment, we have the following items:
Year 7 Strings Junior Rock
Year 8 Strings Rewrite The Stars
Year 8 Wind & Brass Ensemble Imperium