“As we infuse technology further into students' lives, we must hold tight to the fact that personal relationships, face-to-face interactions, and quiet reflection will always be essential to a happy life - and that the convenience and excitement of technology should enhance - but never outweigh - the value of authentic human experiences.”
Jennifer Waldvogel in Educational Leadership February 2019
Wishing all Casey Grammar families a safe holiday period
It has been an extremely busy Term for staff and students at Casey Grammar School and I want to wish all of the Casey Grammar Community a safe and enjoyable holiday break. There have been far too many highlights to list, but it is worth mentioning the range of activities that students have undertaken ranging from the broad academic offerings, the Senior School musical “Matilda”, sport, cultural experiences, assemblies, Chapel, excursions, incursions and a range of visiting guest speakers. Thank you all for an amazing Term.
Our mental health is as important as our physical health. Wellbeing is essential for learning. With mindfulness, students are more focussed and more engaged learners.
With three quarters of all mental health disorders emerging by the time a young person reaches 24, it’s clear that prevention and early intervention is important.
A recent study in a range of schools indicated that a mindfulness program was beneficial for students:
- - improvements in their sleep, and; - reductions in the experience of bullying and classroom disruptions.
Students more at-risk of emotional difficulties also reported:
- - improvements in emotional wellbeing, - reduced psychological distress, - enhanced positive wellbeing, - enhanced ability to manage emotions, and; - improvements in concentration.
It was also found that mindfulness leads to increased student engagement in learning and positive emotional wellbeing. The more students practiced, the more benefits they experienced over time.
Casey Grammar is starting to use some of the resources from The Smiling Mind Education Program through our Senior School Pastoral Care program and also with the School Psychologist. We will also look to roll this out in the Junior School.
Individual, sibling, year level and class photos have been distributed to all Casey Grammar families this week. The school photos are a long standing service provided to the families of Casey Grammar.
I have included a survey link below to enable Parents and Guardians an opportunity to provide the School with feedback on the school photos for 2019. We value your feedback and appreciate the time you take in completing the survey.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL