Middle Years Update
The market is flooded with products promoting 'ideal' body types in clothing design, fashion promotions, advertising, music and dance clips, and magazines - the list goes on. The use of enhancing techniques such as airbrushing of photos makes it difficult for teenagers to even gauge what is real. There is little wonder some end up striving for the impossible whilst others despair at their perceived imperfections.
Many are caught up in the marketing of 'fad' diets which target their age groups.
There is often a progression from one diet to the next. Before a teenager embarks on a dieting program it is wise to first consult an appropriate medical professional.
Researchers suggest that it is better to avoid too much discussion of diets as such but rather focus on the selection of healthy options.
Our teenagers need to learn to like themselves and accept that they are all different. They are to be encouraged to look after their bodies by adopting healthy eating habits combined with exercise and fitness.
Too often we find that students try to avoid exercise or sport because they think that this will expose their lack of skill or their lack of fitness or perhaps the fact that they are overweight. If they persist in avoiding participation the problems compound themselves. Because they are not exercising their fitness declines and they fall well behind their peers. Their skills are not being developed so they lose any confidence they might have previously had. If they have a problem with weight, it is likely that this will increase.
Many firm and lasting friendships are traced back to sporting teams and exercising with others. The many branches of exercise available both at school and outside of school offer far more than the obvious fitness and skills. There is no way to measure the importance of the opportunities they offer for young people to interact in a team environment, the support they offer each other in working together towards a goal. Teenagers learn to cooperate with team members and interact with opponents.
The percentage of elite athletes we produce will be limited, but we trust that the number of well adjusted, happy and healthy young people who are willing to participate in a range of sporting and exercise programs will be exciting.
Key Middle School Dates
Year 9 students receive their Subject Selection access code - 25 August
Year 9 students have 1:1 course selection interviews - 5 August
Year 8 student’s Subject selection assembly - 6 August
Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC
A homework club is now available to students. It is held every Monday in the library from 3:30pm to 4:15pm.
- Blazers are to be worn to and from school
- Scarves must be plain black or navy
- Spray jackets are for PE and Sport Education classes
- Everyone must be wearing a tie
Director of Learning: Middle Years
Year 9 Live Life - Group
In Term 2 we had two students who took advantage of the PFA Small grants for school beautification projects. The final design reflected the school colours (blue and yellow) and the trees represent our school community in winter and in summer.
To receive the grant, Hayley Tran (9D) and Zoe Li (9C) were required to submit a proposal which explained why their project would benefit students, where it would be located and a list of required materials. This was reviewed by our Business Manager, Stace Kerr, and our maintenance whiz, Mat Douglas, to ensure firstly that it was a suitable project that would benefit the College and secondly, to seek assistance with obtaining materials for their project.
The project management skills shown by both girls was excellent as they planned and completed their art work. Thanks also go to Alex Liang (9D) who also added his artistic flair to the final pieces.
We thank the PFA for giving our students the opportunity to help make our school community a better place.
Gail Munro and Julia Hodson
Live Life Group Module Teachers