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Term 1, Week 9, 2020
Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
Mrs Stephanie Griffiths - Director of Student Wellbeing
First, it is important to recognise that it is quite normal for someone to feel stressed or anxious. Particularly throughout this year every member of the Tara community has had to cope with a variety of factors which could impact on their feelings and behavior. This is not unusual in itself as everyone at some time will experience periods of low mood, sadness, anxiety or stress. Some contributory factors such as disrupted sleep or poor diet choices are easier to note but where stress is related to such issues as loneliness or relationships with others this may be more difficult to detect.
For students in Year 9 the focus in using the “Managing Me” Canvas Resource has been in addressing the very issue of “Discussing Mental Health”. For some students it is understandable that this can be a challenging topic to understand and embrace as poor mental health is sometimes interpreted as a sign of weakness and, as such, seeking support can feel embarrassing. Unlike for example with a broken bone, poor mental health is sometimes misinterpreted as being imaginary or attention seeking. However, expert opinion, such as reports provided by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute, reveals that almost one in four young people aged 15 -19 years meet the criteria for psychological distress. The consensus amongst professionals is that when poor mental health extends for a period of time and impacts on a person’s ability to function in their work and daily lives this is a sign of a health issue deserving attention. It is how individuals respond to this situation that is vital.
Professionals agree that preventive efforts, early intervention and appropriate treatment provide the best approach to allaying what could be a serious impact of adolescent distress. With the clear majority of mental health issues developing before the age of 25, and most starting in adolescence or early adulthood, it is critical that students are aware of how to support themselves and others and to be proactive in seeking assistance should this be needed.
The “Discussing Mental Health” section of “Managing Me” makes available a variety of resources including Apps to track mood and facilitate mindfulness as well as useful readings and posters. Practical strategies for managing anxiety, anger and low mood are also covered in the following topics:
- I Need Help With My Mood
- How Can I Manage My Anxiety?
- How Can I Manage Low Mood or Depression?
- Anger Management Strategies
- Mindfulness Exercises
- How Can I Manage My Stress?
As all the girls prepare for examinations and assessments which occur towards the end of the academic year the following article provided by REACHOUT.com offers timely advice as to how a few key changes may help avoid being stressed or distracted.
Stress Swaps: Ways to reduce exam stress
It’s safe to say that this school year has been a wild ride. Whether you’re learning from home – goodbye uniform, hello comfy clothes – or still attending school, chances are you’re feeling a little uneasy about everything that’s going on. Staying on top of your studies can be hard enough at the best of times, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has thrown in a few extra curveballs. Balancing assignment deadlines, exam prep and a new way of learning can add up to a pretty stressful situation. Not to mention that learning from home is accompanied by many distractions.
Set up a reward system
One of the hardest things about focusing on your studies at home is sidestepping the many distractions and temptations that are on offer there. Who wouldn’t find it easier to escape into an eight-hour streamed series when you’ve hit a wall with your studies, rather than push through it? But instead of denying yourself all distractions, try a work-and-reward system. For each hour of study, you could reward yourself with something like an episode of your favourite show, an online game, or a FaceTime call with friends.
Sharing is caring
Sometimes a natural reaction to stress is to switch off, shut down and tap out, by turning off your notifications and pretending that whatever is going on simply doesn’t exist. This is especially true with the current global crisis (when all anyone can talk about is coronavirus), when pulling away from your pals and going AWOL might sound like a good idea. But in times of stress, whether it’s school-related or otherwise, talking to people is typically the best way forward. Give your friends a chance to lend a hand by letting them know what’s up with you. If they’re aware that you’re having a tough time and aren’t travelling so well, they’ll check in with you more often.
Love the list
Every school student knows that their brain is busiest JUST as they switch out the lights and try to fall asleep. Suddenly their mind is overcome by worries, concerns and thoughts, and sleep seems like a distant possibility. This is particularly true if you’re feeling anxious or nervous about an upcoming exam or assignment. Take back control by writing a checklist before going to bed of the things you need to do, and the things you’re worried about. Putting them down on paper is a smart way to make big problems seem a little more manageable.
There is no better way to buy time than by creating jobs that require your immediate attention: My assignment will have to wait because I MUST organise my bookshelves in alphabetical order! While a tidy workspace will help you to focus and concentrate – both of which are important for study/school – don’t get sucked into the trap of spending all day arranging and rearranging your desk. Try to pick an area to work that has some natural light, and set up a space that is calming and free of clutter.
As always, parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to be proactive if they have concerns about the mental health of those in their care. The local GP, for example, can provide valuable advice about ways to support those who may be experiencing poor mental health issues or to refer for appropriate professional support.
Please note: in the case of a mental health emergency, please contact 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Tara Community News
A Reminder from the Tara Uniform Shop
Don't forget that summer uniform is to be worn in Term 4. If you need to update any uniform pieces please come and see the ladies at the Uniform Shop. Uniform shop hours during term time are as follows:
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00noon – 6:00pm
Friday 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Monday 12 October 10am-4pm
Saturday 7 November 9am-12pm
Stories from the Crest
If you are a Tara past student we would love to hear about your life after Tara! When did you attend Tara? Memories of Tara or any photos you have would be gratefully received. We would love to hear about lessons learned, what inspired you and about your life & career. Please send your stories to email@example.com
Joan Waugh Scholarship
Applications are now open for the Joan Waugh Scholarship for the Tara Old Girls' Association - applications close 30 September, 2020.
Joan Waugh Scholarship
This Scholarship is awarded by the Tara Old Girls’ Association annually, to the value of $5,000, in the memory of Mary Elizabeth (Joan) Waugh, Headmistress of Tara from 1897 – 1946. The scholarship aims to support, inspire and encourage Old Girls to further education by assisting them to undertake further studies, research or development in a particular area of interest, skill or expertise, either in Australia or overseas.
Junior School News
Please support Junior School students in the 2020 TEAR Readathon which commences on Monday 24 August and concludes on Friday 23 October 2020.
Throughout the readathon, Tara girls will be raising money to provide access to education for people who would otherwise miss out. We are aiming to raise $1,650. This amount will help fund 15 community school classes and help train 15 teachers, which would be a lovely effort from our 15 classes at Tara.
Students can collect a participant pack from the Junior School Library.
Students are asked to seek sponsorship for the books they read during the readathon.
Sponsors are asked to make all payments online at https://readathon2020.tear.org.au/tara
All proceeds go to the work of TEAR Australia, in particular projects that support basic education.
Unit 1, 4 Solwood Lane, Blackburn VIC 3130
Post: PO Box 164, Blackburn VIC 3130
Phone: 03 9264 7000 or 1800 244 986 (Free call)
For further information on student participation please refer to the Readathon letter here.
For information on TEAR Australia please click here.
Emma Poletto - Junior School Teacher and WriteOn 2020 Coordinator
In the Junior School towards the end of Semester 1, 19 girls from Years 1-6 participated in the NESA WriteOn competition for 2020. It is a NSW writing competition that focuses on creative writing. As a school, Tara could submit 3 entries, 1 per stage. The caliber of writing was high which made the selection process quite a challenge.
Of the three entries that were selected and submitted, all three received awards.
- Ava H (1 LuluBell) - Stage 1 Entry Bronze Award
- Alice L (3 Bronte) - Stage 2 Entry Silver Award
- Scarlett D - (6 Aissa) - Stage 3 Bronze Award
All three pieces will be published in the 2020 WriteOn Anthology which is an incredible achievement for the girls as writers as well as for the School.
I am so proud of all the girls who demonstrated courage and creativity by submitting a piece of work. It was a pleasure to mentor the girls through the writing process and it was wonderful to see their progress as they exercised how to take on feedback and apply it to their writing.
Congratulations to Ava, Alice and Scarlett.
Performer of the Year
During Term 3, we had over 60 students participate in the lunchtime recitals as part of the audition process for ‘Performer of the Year’. Tara girls who are in Years 3-6 can put their name down to perform in one or more of the following areas of The Arts – Drama, Dance and/or Music.
After the judges have experienced every performance, they then have to choose a group of students to perform as part of the ‘Performer of the Year’ final concert.
Our 13 finalists have been selected for this prestigious occasion after showing outstanding technical and expressive skills in their lunchtime recital performance.
- Livia Z
- Olivia W
- Sofia C
- Emily G
- Tiasha J
- Elise F
- Leila O
- Connie L
- Claire Z
- Helena Z
- Hannah M
- Charlotte M
- Eden W
In preparation for POTY 2021, girls in Years 3-6 can start thinking about their item whether it is acting, dancing or playing music.
1. Select a suitable drama script or a piece of music to play or to dance to.
2. Discuss your selection with Ms Mann or Miss Bec.
3. Prepare your item with plenty of time to make changes throughout the term.
Well done to all our actors, dancers and musicians who improved and refined their skills this year by going through the audition process.
Congratulations to our 13 finalists! The POTY concert will be held later in the year so we look forward to celebrating our girls then.
UR Strong Workshops
Recently, in the Junior School, Year 3-6 girls took part in the UR STRONG social-emotional wellbeing workshop. This program aligns with the Junior School’s proactive approach to student wellbeing by equipping the girls with the experiences and language to make positive choices. This is the second time we have had the opportunity to hear from UR STRONG founder Dana Kerford and, in keeping with our current COVID-19 world, each girl accessed the workshop via their own device while Dana presented from Canada.
“Explicitly teaching children how to develop healthy friendships and manage conflict in a positive way is at the heart of helping them flourish.”
Stage 2 students focused on the theme of “Heart of Friendship” where they learned to respectfully disagree with others by choosing the right words at the right time.
We learned to find the right time to sort out problems; it can’t be when everyone is around. It was good because Dana asked us to think about what we could do next time. We brought in stuffed toys from home and used them to practise using the right words. Chloe - Year 4
The Stage 3 workshop focused on “Friendship Fires”. There were three key ideas: friendships are always changing; all friendships are different, and trust and respect are the most important components of a successful friendship.
Doing the workshop on the computer meant we had to think carefully about what we wanted to ask via the chat function and to save up all our questions until it was question time. The online format still worked well and I liked taking part in the workshop. Mysha – Year 5
Parents can find out more about how to best support their children at: https://urstrong.com/parents/ and are encouraged to talk to their children about these recent in-school workshops.
Write a Book in a Day 2020
Mrs Wendy Abernethy - Dean of Learning E-6 (PYP)
On Wednesday 12 August, 30 Tara girls from Year 5 and Year 6 worked in the Tara Junior School Library from 8am to 8pm to ideate, write, edit and illustrate a book for the Write a Book in a Day Challenge. The commitment, creativity and collaboration shown by the girls were extraordinary. In teams of six, students were given set parameters to include in their stories. They spent time crafting different settings, inventing characters and plotting the events, with consideration to using flashbacks, twists and foreshadowing to enhance their work. It was important to decide on the style, tone and point of view for telling their story. Teams worked flexibly and respectfully, considering different perspectives as they decided how each chapter would connect.
Congratulations to each girl who participated in the competition and thank you to Mrs Brogan for her enthusiastic support. The ‘Write a Book in a Day’ process can be challenging at times, but it was pleasing to see how active listening and a willingness to compromise when needed, led to a successful and productive experience for all students. The five teams sought sponsorship from families and friends to raise money for the Kid’s Cancer Project with excellent results. A copy of each book will be put into a hospital for sick kids to enjoy.
Images from the front covers of the books are featured below. Please visit the Junior School Library to enjoy reading the complete stories.
Senior School News
Visual Arts in a COVID Environment
During lockdown earlier this year, Year 9 students worked on a drawing unit called The Australian Bush Drawing task. This replaced a unit in ceramics as students did not have access to clay or tools at school.
While working at home, students only had their Arts Journal containing small pieces of paper. The drawing task was designed around taking nine pieces of paper from the Arts Journal and drawing images of the bush on each one based on concepts of either the regeneration or the disintegration of the bush environment. Many students focused on the subject of the recent bushfires and their impact the Australian bush.
Jet is a Tara Boarder and lives West of Bourke on a large property. The environment is very important to her. She has seen the drought affect the land and the devastating effect on native birds and animals. She has also seen the change in the environment as the result of rain, where the areas became green again and more birds and animals were seen in the Macquarie marshes near her home. Jet chose to focus on her environment for this series of drawings and has shown the land, animals and particularly birds and the changes she has observed in the environment.
Archdale Debating 2020
Natalie T - Debating Prefect
The 2020 Archdale Debating season is currently in the final stages. Well done to all teams for learning how to adapt to online debating.
Congratulations to the Tara 8A team for reaching the Semi Finals. They are the current winners in their division.
Future Problem Solving Program Australia - National Finals 2020
As part of the Community Problem Solving Competition, our Year 9 Team 2 has been invited to present at the National Finals in early Term 4. Congratulations to Imogen B, Ashley K, Keisha L, Siya P, Gemma Q, Alisha V and their Year 11 mentors, Kiri Z and Olivia L. It is to the credit of these creative thinkers that they have reached this stage of the competitive program, as it places them in the top tier of the teams in their division.
Year 7 - 12 Pyjama Day
Year 9 PASS Conduct a Gymnastics Session for Year 5
On Friday 31 July the Year 9 PASS class led the Tara Junior School Year 5 students in a gymnastics skills circuit. Each group of girls practised a range of physical skills, building on previous knowledge and reinforcing fundamental movement skills through gym activities. The priority was safety, including correct landings, and ensuring the girls had fun with their friends.
Prior to the activities, Year 9 PASS students spent class time planning the sessions to lead small groups of girls through a skills circuit. Alternative activities were designed for students of all ability levels, some for extension and others with the aim being successful completion of a new skill. Year 5 students had the opportunity to reinforce Artistic Gymnastics skills for a range of stations including beam, bar, vault, floor and more. One of the activities was a race on the blue mats while doing different types of gymnastic skills e.g. bear crawls and high skips. All students from year 5 were very enthusiastic and there were smiles all round.
This learning experience allowed Year 9 students to develop more improved communication and coaching skill, enhanced by the Year 5 students high level of participation. Overall, this educational experience was most enjoyable for both the Year 9 PASS students and the Year 5 participants.
Year 9 PASS comments…
“At the beginning I was quite nervous to lead a circuit on my own, but it was very impressive to see how every student, irrespective of their ability, was willing to give everything a go.”
“I felt quite nervous and anxious about presenting in front of the year 5 students and how the kids would behave as I had never done anything like this before.”
“We really enjoyed working with Year 5 and I hope to do this type of activity again sometime in the future.”
“We had awesome fun and enjoyed teaching Year 5 some new skills to take with them into their gym unit.”
“Year 9 really enjoyed the experience and developed a range of communication skills.”
Year 9 PASS Class: Imogen, Celeste, Rhema, Anastasia, Kate, Cameron, Isabella, Chloe, Henrietta, Jessica, Chiquita
Year 5 Comments…
“It was really good fun. Year 9 explained everything about how to do skills. They were not judging if you did anything wrong.” Milly
“Yes, it was a lot of fun. We had a laugh. Year 9 would always help you.” Olivia
Year 11 Leadership Commissioning Service
This year, the Leadership Commissioning Service will be held in the Chapel, for Year 11 with Year 10 in attendance.
Parents of Year 11 students will be sent a link to the recorded version of the service.
Date: Thursday 17 September
Year 8 Science - Upcycled Materials
Kaitlyn and Isabella - Year 8
In Science we learnt how the elements and compounds of an object can be recycled to make up new items. Each class was given a challenge to repurpose a piece of rubbish and turn it into something new.
The first things that caught our eye were banana leaf trays. We started brainstorming ideas and materials that we could use and decided to create a stylish women’s handbag. We began in the workshop by sanding the trays to make them line up without any gaps. Then we attached the hinges to enable the bag to open and close. The trickiest part was attaching the required hooks for our buckle. This was difficult as the trays were soft and easily cracked. Lastly, a strap was attached before finishing the bag off by covering the inside with red velvet and the outside in black leather. That is how we repurposed banana leaf trays into a bag.
Many other groups also showed their creative thinking skills by upcycling their rubbish. There was a working clock and barbecue made from aluminium cans, tealight lanterns made from tin cans and plant labels and tongs made from bamboo spoons. Overall it was a fun learning experience for Year 8.
Running a Business as a Teenager
Emily D - Year 10
Last month year 10 Commerce and Financial Literacy classes had an incursion with Liz from ‘Start Smart’ to educate us on the importance of financial concepts. Financial literacy and Commerce are two classes I am extremely fortunate to take as it applies directly to daily life and teaches important skills that all students need to know. It teaches us about employee rights, tax files and more. The ‘Start Smart’ program reiterated and taught us many of these points. We all found this to be an incredible experience and has taught me a lot about ‘real-world finances.
I am very lucky to have been able to be a part of it as I own my own small business where I rent out tents for girls' birthday parties. I began my small business by starting out on ‘Facebook’ and ‘Instagram’ and sharing photos of my product and receiving customer feedback. I reached out to many consumers through my social media pages and eventually started making a profit. After learning about the importance of ‘saving not spending’, I have decided to save all the money I make. Liz taught the class and I a lot about money and applied to real-life experiences. I for one, know that I learnt a lot from the program which I have since implemented in my business. If you are interested in booking for your daughter's perfect party, please contact me at ‘Sleep over tent parties DIY’ to book.
This program taught us so many important things about financial management and am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to take it.
Netball - Round 1 (Central Region Draw)
- S1 - Tara 1 vs Meriden 1, Loss, 26-32
- S1 - Tara 2 vs PLC Sydney 3,
- S2 - Tara 3 vs Meriden 3, Loss, 14-41
- S2 - Tara 4 vs PLC Sydney 4, Loss, 8-23
- S3 - Tara 5 vs Meriden 6, Loss, 10-22
- S3 - Tara 6 vs Meriden 9, Win, 15-13
- J1 - Tara 7 vs Meriden 10, Loss, 9-15
- J1 - Tara 8 vs PLC Sydney 13, Loss, 9-14
- J2 - Tara 9 vs PLC Sydney 15, Win, 11-3
- J3 - Tara 10 vs Meriden 16, Win, 10-9
- J3 - Tara 11 vs PLC Sydney 17, Loss, 8-11
- Y7.1 - Tara 12 vs Meriden 21, Win, 23-11
- Y7.1 - Tara 13 vs PLC Sydney 22, Loss, 1-17
- Y7.2 - Tara 14 vs PLC Sydney 25, Loss, 5-8
The Tara teams were successful in their matches over this weekend, with new divisions created due to the latest restrictions. Therefore, over the next weeks of term, Tara will be playing matches against MLC, PLC Sydney, Santa Sabina and Meriden. Tara 1 had a very strong start against Meriden, but were unable to hold their lead, coming just short of the win. The girls should be extremely proud of their effort throughout the match and for their teamwork. Special congratulations to Skye B for her consistency in her shooting and for always being an option to the ball. Tara 6 and Tara 10 both had exceptional performances and won their matches. Tara 2 played well and although they lost, Amy M played a great match, gaining lots of rebounds and helping bring the ball down the court to provide opportunities for her team to score. Tara 12 also had a great win and focused on implementing the skills they had learnt during training into the match. Congratulations to all teams and good luck for the following rounds!
Netball - Round 2
- S1 - Tara 1 vs PLC Sydney 1
- S1 - Tara 2 vs PLC Sydney 2
- S2 - Tara 3 vs PLC Sydney 4, Loss, 6-30
- S2 - Tara 4 vs Meriden 3, Loss, 12-36
- S3 - Tara 5 vs Meriden 7, Loss, 6-28
- S3 - Tara 6 vs Meriden 8
- J1 - Tara 7 vs MLC 2, Loss, 7-32
- J1 - Tara 8 vs PLC Sydney 12, Loss, 6-34
- J2 - Tara 9 vs PLC Sydney 14, Loss, 8-14
- J3 - Tara 10 vs PLC Sydney 17, Win, 5-3
- J3 - Tara 11 vs Meriden 16, Loss, 4-6
- Y7.1 - Tara 12 vs PLC Sydney 21
- Y7.1 - Tara 13 vs Meriden 21, Loss, 6-18
- Y7.2 - Tara 14 vs Meriden 24, Loss, 6-11
This week saw Tara's second round matches in their new divisions and much success for our teams. The Tara Firsts had a challenging match against PLC Sydney and although did not come away with the win, they are to be congratulated on their strong second half performance. All of the girls arose to the challenge and Jaz H should be congratulated for her impressive intercepts throughout the match. Tara 4 and 5 both played against Meriden and did not win but were able to implement many of the skills they had worked on during training that week. Congratulations to the girls in these teams for their strong rebounding and feeding into the circle. Tara 10 had a great match against PLC Sydney, winning 5-3. The stand out in this performance was the teamwork shown consistently throughout the match, with the girls communicating to one another effectively on the court to ensure they were aware of their roles. Tara 11 also had a very close game against Meriden, just losing by 2 goals, but should be proud of their constant effort in defence to block their opposition from moving down the court. Well done to all girls and good luck for the next round!
Netball - Round 3
- S1 - Tara 1 vs MLC 1, Win, 34-30
- S1 - Tara 2 vs Meriden 2, Draw, 18-18
- S2 - Tara 3 vs Tara 4, Loss, 18-25
- S2 - Tara 4 vs Tara 3, Win, 25-18
- S3 - Tara 5 vs PLC Sydney 9, Loss, 4-9
- S3 - Tara 6 vs PLC Sydney 10, Win, 14-6
- J1 - Tara 7 vs PLC Sydney 11, Loss, 20-41
- J1 - Tara 8 vs Meriden 11, Loss, 12-17
- J2 - Tara 9 vs Meriden 12, Loss, 18-20
- J3 - Tara 10 vs PLC Sydney 18, Win, 9-4
- J3 - Tara 11 vs Meriden 19, Win, 10-7
- Y7.1 - Tara 12 vs Meriden 20, Loss, 8-27
- Y7.1 - Tara 13 vs PLC Sydney 21, Loss, 0-33
- Y7.2 - Tara 14 vs BYE
In Round 3 of the regional competition Tara teams had another great week of netball. The Tara Firsts had a close match against MLC and a very strong fourth quarter, allowing them to come away with a 34-30 win. A special mention to Sarah F who caused many turnovers in defence by putting consistent pressure on the opposition. Tara 2 had a great match against Meriden which was also tight the entire time. They had an 18-18 draw and Isabella G should be congratulated for her strong feeding into the circle. Tara 6 had a strong win against PLC Sydney, winning 14 - 6 and so did Tara 10, winning their match 9 - 4. The Junior Firsts played against PLC Sydney and although they did not win, their consistent efforts in defence are to be congratulated. The Junior Seconds lost to Meriden 17 -12, however well done to Anastasia C for her work in bringing the ball down the court and always being an option for her team to pass to. Tara 11 beat Meriden 10 - 7 and had a great match, focusing on their movement around the court, with someone always being an option towards the ball. Congratulation to all of the Tara Netball teams and good luck for the following rounds.
Sophie B - Netball Captain
Hockey - Round 1 (Central Region Draw)
- Div 2 - Tara 1 vs BYE
- Div 4 - Tara 2 vs MLC 4, Win, 1-0
- Div 3 - Tara 3 vs PLC Sydney 7, Loss, 1-2
- Div 5 - Tara 4 vs PLC Sydney 5, Loss 0-1
Saturday 22 was a first round of the new regional divisions due to COVID-19. The competition changed last week and this change will remain till the end of the season. Tara teams will now compete against MLC, Meriden, PLC Sydney, and Santa Sabina. Tara teams will be only playing on AstroTurf, no grass games and there will be no finals.
The Tara Senior Firsts had a bye in Round 1. Tara Senior Seconds played MLC at MLC. This was their first game on a synthetic surface for the year and the team played well. With the defence line ensuring that they were getting the ball out of the circle quickly before the opposing team, MLC had a chance to shoot a goal. The Seconds spent most of their game near the opposing goal with their attacking players making multiple attempts at goal. This resulted in Tara winning 1-0, which Alexandra D scored. The Tara Junior Firsts played at PLC Sydney. The team played their best game yet, just a shame they couldn’t get a draw or a win. The goal they scored was a great team goal using some of the patterns of play that we have been practicing at training. Sanjula played goalie and has some magnificent saves as well. PLC were a pretty strong team so 1-2 was a decent result. The Tara Junior Seconds unfortunately lost 0-1.
Hockey - Round 2
- Div 2 - Tara 1 vs PLS Sydney 2, Draw, 1-1
- Div 4 - Tara 2 vs Santa Sabina 6, Win, 3-1
- Div 3 - Tara 3 vs Santa Sabina 6, Win, 3-0
- Div 5 - Tara 4 vs Santa Sabina 5, Win, 3-0
Saturday 29 was the second round of the new designated central region season. Tara Senior Firsts played magnificently against PLC Sydney. Talking with each other and passing the ball up and down the field in attack, and holding the defence line really payed off. The goal scored was a great team goal using many techniques down the field. PLC Sydney was a pretty strong team which resulted in a Draw 1-1. Tara Senior Seconds played against Santa Sabina in this round. The Seconds winning their match 3-1. Alexandra D took the first goal, Catherine C took the second, and Sarah K took the third. The team also had many close calls that unfortunately missed by a couple of centimetres. Tara Junior Seconds also played Santa Sabina. The team did amazingly at communicating, passing and running the ball, particularly Chelsea C. This resulted in them winning 3-0 with all goals scored by the amazing Inika N.
Alexandria R - Hockey Captain
On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July, the Tara Tildesley Tennis team represented Tara in the annual competition held at Pymble Ladies’ College. Our teams played well and with COVID restrictions the spectator level was down. They showed brilliant teamwork, athleticism and determination. Our doubles teams, Kathy G (Year 11) and Olivia L (Year 11), as well as Georgia M (Year 10) and Jessica S (Year 9) played extremely well, putting up a good fight against the opposition. Zoé G (Year 9) also played incredibly in her singles matches, putting her serving skills to good use. A big thank you to Ms Musto, Mr Brackin and the tennis coaches for organising this day to happen, as well as training the girls up for the competition.
Natalie T - Tennis Captain
State of Origin Water Polo Selection
Congratulations to Chyna (Year 11) for her recent selection into the Born 2003 State of Origin Water Polo Squad for NSW to compete against Queensland. Originally scheduled to play in the Term 3 school holidays, Chyna will now prepare for the competition to be held once the borders have been reopened. A fantastic achievement Chyna!
Girls are to refer to the Careers pages on Canvas for links to current prospectuses from institutions, early entry programs and closing dates, scholarships etc.
Mrs Michelle Williams - Careers Coordinator
The information contained in the newsletter link below is intended as a guide only. Please confirm all details on relevant websites. Information provided by JobJump Pty Ltd which takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.
Careers Newsletter - 14 October 2020
Careers Newsletter - 21 October 2020
For more information please contact Mrs Michelle Williams via email.
Little Rays of Light
Mrs Denise Hayward
This has been a year like no other in our lifetime. In the face of such upheaval, there are silver linings, little rays of light shining through. At a certain point in the last few months I decided to embrace the new abnormal and do something with it. Yes, there have been obvious downsides, but I have been looking for the upsides. I have wondered what we will take out of these times, remember, cherish and keep with us as things return to something resembling normality. Well this is my little ray of sunshine: the deep and enduring capacity we have as humans to care for others.
It’s 7:35 AM and I am outside Junior School in “my new spot”. It is cold, but I would not want to be anywhere else at this time of the day. As a class teacher my day always began and ended at the doorway to the classroom. Doug Lemov, in Teach like a Champion, wrote about the threshold of the classroom and the power of teachers standing at their doors to set the tone as students enter and communicate they care. In recent months I have reimagined this setting as I now stand at the entrance to the school.
Every morning along with temperature checks and hand sanitising, I have the privilege to check in with every student and staff member in the Junior School. This new morning ritual has taken me back to my roots as a classroom teacher and reminded me that one of the best things about teaching is everyone has a fresh start every morning, the chance to make a good first impression each day. Being outside and talking to parents and students creates a welcoming atmosphere and keeps me in tune with what's going on. It's a win-win situation.
The poet Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. In a school setting, the words of Maya Angelou greatly resonate with many of the day-to-day routines, including how we greet others. The way we start our interactions—through words and actions—can reveal a number of characteristics about us, such as our comfort level, and interest in learning about others. Greetings can help us build new connections with others and strengthen bonds, especially when we make sure that the other person knows they are important to us.
My new morning routine has had many unexpected consequences. One of the most enduring is the group of Year 6 girls who join me each morning. Not because they must, but rather because they saw a need and thought they could help. Each morning these girls arrive in full school uniform, pop on a glove and open car doors for the families of the Junior School. On occasion I have found one of them in “my spot”, checking temperatures, greeting girls, and wishing them a great day. You can’t beat that. They have become the first contact with the School community every morning. They offer a welcoming smile and a “how are you this morning?”. They assist with girls juggling bags and scooters and musical instruments and flowers for the teacher and cupcakes and Number Smash/Wonder Words books, and on one occasion, a sheep! In doing so, they provide a reassurance for younger students as they transition from home to school. For our youngest students they walk alongside them and settle them into their learning spaces for the day.
These Year 6 girls embody the teacher-student interactions which are at the heart of the School. They, like me, use the morning greeting to check in with students every day. Are they smiling? Do they seem distracted? As a group we take the time to chat with the girls which is an opportunity to notice the little things, creating a space for students to have a fresh start each day, to open their minds to the possibilities that await them, developing a willingness to try new and challenging tasks.
Research shows that greeting students as they come into school and their classroom creates a feeling of belonging and readiness to learn. We know that for girls, the driver for learning is the social connection and it is this connection that activates their cognitive skills. By starting the day with someone saying to them, “I see you, I know you, I’m connecting with you, and you’re important to me,” we bolster a feeling of belonging and readiness to learn.
Each morning is like a pulse check to see where the girls are. Are they going to have a good day? Many of my interactions over the hand sanitiser are very intentional to build deeper relationships, to get to know students, to find out something about them. In turn they get to find out something about me. We get to make a connection and this all starts before they have even walked through the door. This time in the morning is invaluable for setting a tone, favourably impacting the overall climate and culture of the school.
Why do positive greetings work? When teachers use strategies like this, they help “establish a positive classroom climate in which students feel a sense of connection and belonging. This is particularly important considering the research demonstrating that achievement motivation is often a by-product of social belonging” (Cook, Fiat, Larson, et al. 2018). In other words, when students feel welcome at school, they’re more willing to put time and effort into learning.
While we can’t and wouldn’t want to live in long-term lockdown mode, these past few months have demonstrated our capacity to adapt and change. This is important as in all the disruption we are experiencing, there are lessons to be learned. The power of saying good morning, making eye contact and wishing someone a great day has far reaching consequences beyond that of good manners.
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Cook CR, Fiat A, Larson M, et al. Positive Greetings at the Door: Evaluation of a Low-Cost, High-Yield Proactive Classroom Management Strategy. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. 2018;20(3):149-159.
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