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Friday, May 19th 2017

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Term 2 Week 4: From the Head of Secondary

Semester 1 Examinations
As students in Years 10, 11 and 12 move into the examination space, it is timely to consider some hints to better manage this busy period.

The first step is to acknowledge that it is normal to feel anxious during this time. There are a number of online ‘exam-stress’ management sites. They all offer practical and simple strategies that students can use. Below are links to two sites.

https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/tips/handling-stress-at-exam-time/

https://www.parentline.com.au/parenting-information/tip-sheets/exam-stress.php

I know that staff and, in particular, the Leaders of Wellbeing are working with students in this area.

My best wishes to students sitting exams.

NAS Sport
I was disappointed to see a number of students failing to meet their commitments to after school sport last week. Whilst a number of these students had legitimate excuses, a number chose not to attend and not inform their coaches. This resulted in Newman needing to forfeit a number of games. Once a student has committed themselves to a team, there lies a responsibility to meet their obligations, even if sometimes they do not want to. This is a mark of respect to those in the team and the College for giving them the opportunity to compete.

This also extends to Years 11 and 12 students who have examinations. After school sport is a great way to de-stress during examinations as well as meeting their commitment to their teams.

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