School TV: Fortnite – A Special Report

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This Special Report reviews the potential dangers associated with the online game, ‘Fortnite’.

Most parents of adolescent children would be aware of the online game, ‘Fortnite’. For many young people, the addictive nature of this game is having adverse effects on children’s behaviour and affecting their mental health. With over 125 million registered players worldwide, this game encourages players to battle each other to death using a variety of weaponry.

With an age rating of 13+, this game raises many cybersafety concerns. Unfortunately, it allows unmoderated chat between players, leaving children exposed to be contactable by ‘randomers’ online. This function alone makes it unsuitable for primary aged children.

In light of last week’s announcement from the World Health Organisation now recognising “gaming disorder” as a mental health issue, this special report will help parents gain a greater insight into Fortnite and the concerns surrounding it. Parents are encouraged to reassess their gaming allowances and better manage technology usage at home.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to your special report :

http://santamaria.wa.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/online-game-fortnite-special-report

As always, SchoolTV welcomes your feedback and trust you find great value in this Special Report.

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From the Principal – Discussing Reports With Your Daughter

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A very busy Semester 1 has come to a close. In Senior Years, Year 10s have completed their first examinations and have learnt a great deal about the need for planning, preparation and the effectiveness of different revision strategies. Meanwhile, our Year 12 students recently celebrated ‘half-way day’.

Middle Years students have completed a wide range of activities, assessments, incursions and excursions throughout Semester 1. Notably, the Year 7 students completed Seek7, a sustainability project, during the last week of the term.

Well done to all students who have completed all of their work to the very best of their ability. We look forward to your continued diligence in Semester 2. All reports will be released to parents via SEQTA at 4.00 pm today, Friday 29 June, and the following suggestions may be helpful in discussing your child’s report with her.

SCHOOL REPORTS

The way you respond to your daughter’s report will tell her a great deal about what you value. Traditional reactions to grades, such as joy or disappointment, can mislead our children as to what is really important. Focus on the indicators and praise the effort and improvement your daughter has shown rather than the mark. Perhaps, use the report as an opportunity for your daughter to reflect on what she has achieved this semester. This is a much more effective way of assisting her to identify what factors have led to great success or improvement and what has been challenging.

In talking to your daughter about her report, it’s important to reflect on this semester and plan for next semester.

Some suggestions for reflection

  • Take some time to sit together, without interruptions to show the value you place on your daughter’s efforts.
  • Ask your daughter open-ended questions instead of yes or no questions
  • Start by asking how she feels about her results.
  • What is she most proud of about her report? Is she disappointed about any part of it?
  • Which subjects has she found hardest or easiest and why?
  • What does she think her teacher would say about her strengths and growth areas?
  • What strategies did she use in the subjects she did well in? Could these strategies be used in other subjects?
  • Were there particular topics or assessment styles that she found more challenging?

Some suggestions for planning

  • Help your daughter set realistic goals for the coming semester. What is an area for improvement and what changes can she put into place to make this happen?
  • How can you help to support her learning?
  • Help your daughter plan what to do next in order to achieve to her potential, which may include a discussion about too little or too much time spent doing homework and study, achieving balance and the difference between homework and study.
  • Email or discuss with teachers any concerns, your daughter’s goals for next semester or areas she has identified where she might need help.
  • If your daughter wishes to meet with her teacher to discuss an area of the course, study techniques or organisation, does she need help writing down some questions to ask her teacher?
  • Sometimes as parents it is easy to fall into the trap of assuming poor student performance is based on the teacher, however, a partnership of mutual respect cooperation and collaboration will provide the greatest benefit in for your daughter’s education.
  • Talk about grit and persistence. We recommend these articles, from our Knowing Girls blog, to help with ongoing conversations about these qualities. The Secret to Growing Gritty Kids and The Power of Consistency in a Now, Now, Now World

If we really want to empower our children in their learning, we need to teach them the value of reflection, planning and ongoing, open, honest conversation.

I wish all families a safe and happy holiday.

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Seek7, My City: Perth 2030

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Seek7, one of Santa Maria’s Enhanced Learning programs, is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore ‘big ideas’ and develop a range of research and interpersonal skills.  This year the focus has been ‘My City: Perth 2030’, specifically looking at the future of transport, how life in the city will change, and how we can better manage our resources and reduce waste.

Links to the real world are such an important part of educating young people. Giving them the opportunity to consider the many exciting possibilities for their future, will change the way they view themselves and tomorrow. Too often we dwell on the problems, not the solutions or the possibilities. Seek7’s challenge ‘What problem do you want to solve?’ is a great way to think about their future careers.

On Monday we went to the Perth CBD to see the ‘city in action’. The students went on a guided tour of the city to find out about its history, view recent and planned development projects and observe the city in action. In preparation for the day, Melanie Bainbridge, from the City of Perth Sustainability Unit gave an excellent presentation to the students about how they plan to manage the social and environmental issues created as the city grows. Paul Molony from the City of Melville and Isabelle Marie from the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) also spoke to the students about the issues our local council deals with.

During Seek7, the students have demonstrated great levels of engagement, independence, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork.

To quote one of the teachers: “Watching the girls do Seek7 is so cool – the girls are working like little worker bees in the beehive, so cohesive! They’re buzzing with ideas and have clear responsibilities and jobs. Looks more like a modern-day workplace!”

The project continues into Term 3 and we look forward to the girls presenting their findings.

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Taking Technology Into the Kitchen

Over the past few weeks, the Year 9 Food classes have been baking and decorating cookies using their own cookie cutters, which they created using online software and a 3D printer. The aim of this project was to encourage the girls to integrate technology into the kitchen and allow them to be creative. It was designed to be a fun, yet challenging task that required them to be innovative.

This week, we spoke to Year 9 Food student, Georgia Mack, about her experiences with the project. 

What was the aim of this task?
The aim was to develop new skills including the use of 3D printing technology by designing and using our own cookie cutters. The aim was also to identify some challenges and learn how to overcome them, which we did.

What were the steps involved in creating your cookie?
Firstly, we planned which type of cookie we were going to bake. We chose to make a sugar cookie, which was nice and simple. Next, we designed our cookie on a website called Tinkercad, which allowed us to design in a 3D printer format, by making our shape using simpler shapes such as spheres, cubes, triangular prisms, etc. We made the cookie dough in one lesson, baked the cookie in the next lesson and iced the cookie in the final lesson. Before we baked the cookies, the cookie cutter had been printed on the 3D printer and came out really well.

What did you learn?
I learnt how to use Tinkercad and how to design my own 3D object. I also learned lots of tips and tricks from my food partner, Georgia Anderson, who was an expert at cutting cookies, and from our teacher, Mrs Spark. I learnt how to pipe properly with a piping bag, how to colour fondant, how thick a cookie should be to have a good balance between crunch and softness and lots more.

Did you find there were any challenges?
There were definitely challenges, mostly relating to the 3D printing. It was difficult to achieve a perfectly shaped cookie cutter, especially depending on what kind of cutter you wanted to make. It was also difficult to achieve straight lines and certain shapes. The piping was also difficult as it was something I did not have much experience with. It was very messy and time-consuming, but turned out great!

What did you enjoy most about this task and why?
I thoroughly enjoyed the making of the cookie and the piping as well. The cookie was great fun to make and cut out as it was something that I had not done much of before. It was a great feeling knowing that I had made everything myself. I also enjoyed having the freedom to make whichever cookie and cutter I wanted. Overall, this was a great task which I would happily do again.

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