Responding to current research that shows that the number of 14+ girls and women who are reading has declined, we have designed our Read Like a Girl #RLaG project, a community partnership for the literary development of girls. The project encapsulates a calendar of reading events aimed at instilling a foundation and love of reading in our college community and more broadly among girls everywhere.
Snapchat is a popular messaging app that allows teens to exchange user-generated photos, texts and videos and send them as messages to other Snapchat users. Every Snapchat message has a viewing time limit ranging from 1 to 10 seconds, as selected by the sender. However, users need to be informed about the 'temporary' aspect of the service, and as with any social media-sharing tool, be cautious and thoughtful about which images they send.
Our homework study clubs will be resuming again this year on February 22nd. This service is a wonderful opportunity for students to work on their homework or assessment tasks in a supervised and collaborative environment. These sessions are supervised by staff members who are only too happy to be accessed by the students. Students are required to sign an attendance record when they commence their study and on completion. For more details about the clubs and how to access the service
The start of the year is the perfect time for students to set academic goals for the year, as well as any personal goals they have to achieve their personal best for 2016. The iCentre subscribes to the Online Study Skills Handbook which can be found on our website by entering the title in the search bar. This is a wonderful resource for helping students with practical suggestions of how to best manage their homework and study tasks and habits. This week, our study tip encourages and supports students in goal setting.
In today's digital environment, our attention spans are getting shorter as the devices and technology we rely on to do our work have built in seductions for our attention. This is the opinion of Daniel Goleman as he explores the science of attention and the neuroscience behind it in his book Focus : The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Our study tip for this week is to aware of when you become distracted from your work and retrain your habit of attention so that you can stay on task and achieve good study habits. Follow the link to find out more about this topic.
As part of an assignment for Yr 11 English Communication, Brianna McKinlay, Maddie Pittis and Jessica Dore surveyed students about how they stay mentally healthy. They have displayed the responses they gathered in this Beyond Blue window at the entrance to the iCentre. Follow the link for tips and advice about this very important topic.
Our avid readers will be delighted with the ABC Splash resource Interviews with 10 Australian Authors. Here some of our favourite authors, including Thomas Keneally, Nadia Wheatley and David Malouf, talk about their works, their inspiration and what it is like to live the life of a writer.
On Twitter, this book is being tagged #orangeisthenewblackswan - and that certainly says it all - ballerinas, violence, and prison are all central to The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. This book explores the lead up to, and fallout from, a very violent crime in which two ballerinas are murdered by a fellow dancer.