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School TV at Siena College

SchoolTV at Siena College

Today's parents face a multitude of modern day challenges in raising happy, well and resilient young people. Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance.  SchoolTVis an online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical and ongoing support strategies.  An excellent feature of SchoolTV is that it is available when you need to access it, in your own time.  Evidence based recommendations and strategies are provided by specialists who practice in the field.  

As explained in my email to parents, this month features excellent advice on School Transitions for Year 7 students and Surviving Year 12 for our senior students.

The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.

Some young people will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, their teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your child’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in their success.

Siena College Mobile Phone Policy

In June 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, commissioned an independent review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools.  The review was led by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, and supported by other independent experts as well as many students, parents and guardians, teachers and principals who were consulted in the process. As a result, the use of mobile devices during school hours will now be restricted in NSW public primary schools.

The Siena College Guidelines regarding the use of mobile phones were shared with parents and students in earlier this month. We all know that technology does have a role to play in the classroom, but this needs to be facilitated. Personal smartphones, on the other hand, are proving to be a distraction for students in terms of their access to social media sites, as well as potentially being a source of bullying activities.

In this Special Report, parents and guardians will learn about the importance of helping their daughter find a balance to get the good parts out of technology. 





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