Tuesday 15th Oct- Term 4 begins
Wednesday 4th Dec- Last Day of Term 4
As students have now received their Semester 1 report, this can be a stressful time for both parents and children. For many parents simply learning about the areas where their child is struggling is not enough to automatically know what to do next or how to help their child be more successful.
There are different ways to “motivate" children to become better students. Studies support that notion that parents and others motivate children most successfully by creating an atmosphere that promotes self-motivation. This requires finding the “hook” for learning. Some parents believe that intimidation and fear tactics to help motivate children perform better. This may work in the short-term, but it certainly will not sustain motivation and it may eventually create resentment. This is the “do it or else” parenting method and many strong willed children rebel against this approach.
Another approach is to bribe children to improve performance through rewards and consequences. In this approach, parents may offer to pay children to earn the better grades. This may result in the desired outcome in the short-term, but what happens once the rewards are removed? These children will grow up to expect a prize for their performance instead of experiencing internal rewards from hard work and subsequent positive outcomes.
The most effective way to help children reach their goals and become internally motivated is to teach them about purpose. Humans are naturally curious and therefore making the connection between the intrinsic value of learning and purpose is not difficult, especially when grades and performance are not overemphasized and learning is seen as the ultimate goal. When helping children become more engaged in learning and therefore better students, parents help children understand how and why learning is important for them.
Nardine and myself travelled to the Parliament House for Young Women's Leadership Day, where we learnt about inspirational women who have adopted leadership skills whilst being in an influential position. We received motivational tips from well-known politicians during a question and answer seminar in the Theatrette. We were able to conversate, satisfy our queries, and ask questions based on their occupation, ongoing bills, life advice, and aspiring roles we would like to withold as women, and how to achieve them. We then sat in the Public Gallery in the Legislative Council, whilst hearing two debates; one of which include the debate on 'Manufacturing Jobs in Sydney'. While witnessing these discussions, we were able to understand the process of bills and how it is able to get rejected or accepted. Overall, we benefited a great deal, and gained more knowledge on the world around us.
Congratulations to Joseph Gobran, Salwa El Chami and Ana Maria Guirguis for receiving the Research Excellence Award.
Students have been reading the story of 'The Lamington Man' in Miss Boland's reading group. The students got to try laminations. They were delicious!
Primary students were asked to create a design of part of the school. Congratulations to Simeon, Milica, Marina, Priscilla and Jenny. Priscilla's design came in first place and incorporated a shade as well other creative aspects.
Our High School students hosted a morning tea for Emmaus Village Senior Citizens. The seniors were entertained by the very talented students with a number of performances. Initiatives such as these foster the importance of community service for our youth.
Kindergarten have been learning about Volume in Mathematics. Check out Miven and Vanshika showing the class how to determine which container holds more.