It is with sadness that I announce the resignation of Ms Kate Sargent, Curriculum Leader – Mathematics Years 10 – 12. Ms Sargent’s final day at MSM will be on Friday 12 May. Ms Sargent has given 20 years of service to our community and she will be greatly missed. We wish her God’s blessing as she embarks on the next stage of her career.
I am excited to share that I will be taking some sabbatical leave from Monday 29 May – Friday 23 June to attend an Australian Catholic University International Study Tour to Rome. I will be participating in a course “Leading the Catholic School in an Era of Change” where I will be studying with Catholic Educators from Australia and the USA. I look forward to sharing my experiences when I return in Term 3.
In Faith and Love
ANZAC Day 2023
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
As we approach the half-way point of the term next week, students need to be continually referencing their assessment calendars to ensure they are adequately preparing for their upcoming assessment. When preparing for assessment your student may take great pride in advising you that they are a multitasker. They may inform you that they are able to text on their mobile phone, check their social media and complete homework or assessment preparation all at the same time. They believe that they are successfully multitasking and getting everything done.
The problem with this scenario is that there is no such thing as multitasking. Multitasking is a myth that has been promoted by society to make people feel productive and efficient.
So, what does this mean if your student tells you that they are multitasking? Unfortunately, it means that what they are doing isn't really multitasking. Despite appearances, students simply can't talk on the phone, read emails, send an instant message, and watch YouTube videos all at the same time. What they are doing is serial tasking. Rather than engaging in simultaneous tasks, they are merely shifting from one task to another to another in rapid succession.
Research from the American Psychological Association describes how this kind of multitasking is neither effective nor efficient. These findings have demonstrated that when your student shifts their focus from one task to another, that transition is neither fast nor smooth. Instead, there is a lag time during which their brain must remove itself from the initial task and then move onto the new task. This shift, though it feels instantaneous, takes time.
Single tasking or mono tasking, which is focusing only on one task at a time, is a much more effective strategy to use when preparing for upcoming assessment. Single tasking starts with looking for ways to maximise your student’s ability to focus and minimise their potential distractions.
The first step is to find your student a quiet space to work. Your first thought might be their bedroom, but, though quiet, it may offer your student even more distractions when they get tired, bored, or stuck. A study or communal space, if available, is a better option. Help her to get comfortable and organised. She should ideally sit in a chair that is comfortable, but not too comfortable! Her workspace should allow her to focus on completing what is required of her.
Most importantly, have her put away distracting technology. This means no mobile phones; just having them in sight will be a distraction and the pings and vibrations that emanate from them are a significant barrier to focus. Close all irrelevant windows on their laptop, especially those related to social media. Even minimised windows are a temptation and will be a constant distraction. Encourage your student to focus on just one task at a time – this will be of the greatest benefit to them at the end of the term.
Year 11 Exam Block
I would like to wish the Year 11 students all the very best as they commence their Unit 1 exams next Monday. These examinations will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning from the past 13 weeks.
Mt St Michael’s College is now working with UNIQ You, a virtual platform that connects female students in Years 9 - 12 with women in industries that females often do not look at for careers. The platform uses 30-minute video calls to connect the students with female advisors, either before school, at lunchtime, or after school. This one-on-one service is at no cost to families.
All students in Year 9 – 12 are encouraged to register to be able to use the platform. Parents need to approve the registration to ensure that their student is able to speak to their preferred advisor/s. To register, please use the following link: https://uniqyou.com.au/student-registration-form/.
Attached is an information sheet about how to book an appointment with an advisor. Should a student wish to speak to someone who specifically identifies as diverse (ATSI, VET, LGBQTIA+), please encourage them to meet with Ms Webb so she can direct them to an appropriate advisor.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Webb on email@example.com
Mt St Michael’s College, a Positive School
Mt St Michael’s College has long been revered for our Positive Education Program. We are fortunate to be able to intentionally support our students to understand, cultivate and nurture their own wellbeing. The PosEd Program is underpinned by the principles of Positive Psychology and our Pastoral Leaders are currently working with staff and students to revisit this foundation. Many parents will recognise this model from workplace wellbeing frameworks and popular psychology literature.
In 2023, there were 19 Year 12 recipients of the coveted “Navy” Co-Curricular Commitment tie badge, recognising their weekly commitment to rehearsals and performances for the whole six years they have been at the College. Co-curricular Music Students proudly wear all six of these coloured badges on their ties. These 6-year navy commitment badges recognise the important role that senior students play in assisting the development of the younger members of the music program. From day to day, week to week, year to year, this might mean some or all of the following:
Commitment: “It’s the little choices every day that lead us to the final results we are striving for.”