In this edition of SchoolTV - SLEEP

Re-establishing school routines can take a while at the beginning of the school year. Year 7s for example, spend a lot of their energy adjusting to change that comes with Secondary School. Disruptions to school-based learning over the past two years has to some extent interrupted the students' routines across all year levels.  


You may have noticed your child may be tired or grumpy after school at the moment, as they continue to adjust to the routines of being back on the McKinnon Road Campus or familiarizing themselves with East Campus. One routine that goes a long way to maintaining students' wellbeing and helps them get back into the groove at school is the maintenance of healthy routines around sleep.


Students today have extremely busy schedules, with ever increasing responsibilities at school and at home. Many kids, especially adolescents, are going to bed later and later and are at risk of sleep deprivation. This affects three areas of a child’s development: psychological, physiological and psychosocial. All three are essential to a child's growth, learning ability and overall wellbeing. Sleep is vital to a child’s overall development and is as important as diet and exercise.

Sleep also strengthens a child’s immune system and supports their ability to function properly on a daily basis. Children who do not get enough sleep show increased levels of aggressive behaviour, are less attentive and are much less active. Trying to catch up on sleep on weekends is not the answer and can still lead to severe sleep deprivation.


Below is a link to an edition of SchoolTV to help parents learn about the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on a child’s health and wellbeing.


We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact me via email at wellbeing@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au for further information or seek medical or professional help.


Here is the link to the Sleep edition of SchoolTV




Kind Regards,


Patty Etcell

Head of Wellbeing