From the Principal
“… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…
Greetings once again in Jesus’ Name.
As the end of year rush comes upon us, how often do we find our minds wandering totally off topic when we’re in the middle of doing something? I frequently find myself losing track of what I’m doing, it doesn’t matter if I’m marking tests or assessing a student’s work, or running out wire for an electric fence in my paddocks. There are just so many things that can distract me.
So, for all of us, does it matter if we are focused on what we are doing?
YES, IT DOES!!
Science indicates that our ability to focus turns out to be a pretty good indicator of success. When a group of college students were tested by how easily they have their concentration shaken, it turned out to be a direct correlation for how they fared at school. Those who were able to maintain focus performed better!!
So parents and students, here are 3 simple hacks that will help you stay focused:
1. Make sure you are properly rested.
Sleep has a bad reputation! High school students that get their required amount of sleep (8 -9 hours per night) tend to be regarded as lazy or apathetic. Lack of sleep affects you in a number of ways, from slowing alertness, concentration and problem solving, to even making you forgetful. When you’re suffering from a lack of sleep, don’t go for the Red Bull or other energy drinks, get your sleep, and you will find yourself staying focused more deeply and for longer.
2. Give your full attention to the task.
Think of how many times we don’t give our full attention to what we are studying:
- we talk to the person next to us about a movie we saw
- we google some random topic
- we daydream while trying to read a book
If we give 100% attention to our study or work, we will strengthen our focusing skills. The good thing is that the focusing skills we develop while studying or working distraction free, carries over into every other area in life.
3. Do ONE thing at a time.
A huge focus killer is that awful temptation and desire to be pulled in 100 different directions. If you want to study or work well, cut all strings that may be tempting you, pick up one task at a time and focus 100% of your attention and efforts on it until it is complete.
With the pressure of study and work, it is natural for us to believe that we can perform at a high level while doing several things at once. In reality, multi- tasking has the opposite effect.
I hope this is helpful and encouraging to you all!
The weeks ahead are packed full of action! Please see our calendar of events on our website, or read the summary in this newsletter. Please pray for our staff and students as they bear the stress of end of year pressures.
In all this, let us remember to focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and to run the race that He has marked out before us.
Blessings in His Name,
Within the next week, we will hold an unannounced emergency practice with staff & students, to test our response to a potential scenario that staff identify a threat warranting the school go into lockdown (opposite to evacuation).
Prior to the practice, teachers will discuss this process using social stories that are age appropriate.
Like for fire evacuation drills, we recognise the worth to test this process. We have plans in place to make this practice as least disruptive as possible.
Our annual Lapathon will be held this year on Wednesday, 15th November.
Sponsor forms have been sent home. We appreciate your efforts in raising money for the school.
Final Day of Term
The final day of the school term is Friday, 15th December.
Half Day of School
Due to Celebration Night, Friday, 15th December will be a half day of school. Students need to be collected from school by 1:00pm on this day.
The school bus will leave school at 1:00pm and will travel the normal route.
We are having an end of year excursion to Trowunna Wildlife Park on Wednesday, 13th December.
All students are invited to attend.
Further information and permission slips will be issued early in December.
You, along with family and friends are invited to our Celebration Night: 7:00pm, Friday, 15th December, 2017
Venue: Gateway Baptist—22 Wellington Street, Launceston Please bring a plate of supper to share.
All students are expected to be in full school uniform.
- Josie Stott
- Amy Rose Aldred
- Arlando Freeman
- Dinesh Biswa
Please contact the school office if you have friends or family who are interested in enrolling their children at Australian Christian College Launceston next year.
We have pamphlets available for parents who are able to promote the school.
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