Once we are on holidays, we quickly forget how tiring the term can be. The hectic pace and constant commitments often result in sickness, and this has been true this year. All members of our school community have been affected in some way. During the holidays, take time to rest.


Put the following on your list of things to do:

  • Get extra sleep if you need to as research suggests that teenagers require nine to ten hours of sleep every night.
  • Turn the phone off, place it on charge and go for a walk and get some vital vitamin D to help ‘recharge your battery’.
  • Catch up on essential schoolwork and study but balance the time so that you can have some quality time for yourself.
  • Engage in activities/hobbies you enjoy but often neglect due to a busy schedule. Whether it is reading for pleasure, painting, craft, hiking and cooking.
  • Catch up with family and friends.
  • Do not over-schedule your holidays with too many activities or obligations. It is okay to say no to some invitations and prioritise the rest.

Remember that the holidays are a time for rest and rejuvenation, so make self-care a priority. By following these tips and creating a balanced holiday schedule you will start the next term feeling refreshed and revitalized.


I hope you have a wonderful break and look forward to seeing everyone next term.


Susan Wilken

Year 9 Student Manager/Health Promotion