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The Wellbeing Information Hub - Newsletter issue 8 2020

Attendance update

Throughout 2020, Marryatville’s Information Technology team has been working hard to streamline the communication portals used by families. To simplify the communication process, we have decided to reduce the number of portals available, therefore, from 2021 SkoolBag will no longer be available for the communication of absenteeism.  

If your young person is away from school, please notify the school promptly via:

Phone: 8304 8420 press 2 for student services

DAYMAP: Through the message portal

SMS Text: Message reply to automated school message

 

Every day counts “Every day counts and there is no ‘safe’ threshold for absences” – Hancock et al., 2013

 

What does missing days of school look like over time?

 

New Student Wellbeing Leader - Mari Omand

Hi all

My name is Mari Omand and I am replacing Sam Trotter as the Wellbeing Coordinator at Marryatville for term 4.

This is my 20th year of teaching and during that time I have worked in both the independent and public systems in leadership and teaching roles.

I am thrilled to be back at Marryatville as I was here 2 years ago as a teacher of PE, health and food technologies.

The Marryatville community have welcomed me back with open arms and I am happy to be supporting our FLO and ATSI students and working with the wonderful learning support and wellbeing teams for the remainder of this term.

I love it when students stop and say hello when they see me around the yard and have a chat so please don’t be shy!  I can also be contacted through my email mari.omand570@schools.sa.edu.au.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marryatville student breakfast - Friday 20 November

The first MHS Breakfast Club will occur outside the home economics area Friday 20 November from 7:45 -8:20am. All students are welcome to attend and share a breakfast with fellow students. At this stage the breakfast will be free of charge, and there will be a range of goodies to eat, catering for a variety of dietary needs.

As previously communicated, the idea behind the club is to bring another sense of connectedness and belonging to our students. We propose holding a Breakfast Club monthly in 2021. However, to finish off 2020 there will be 2 breakfast’s, Friday 20 November and Friday 4 December.

 

 

Student gardening team

During this term, Marryatville Wellbeing has gathered together a team of keen gardeners to re-invigorate the garden which lies attached to the gym. There is a rotating fortnightly roster of students who come and help establish and maintain a working, self-sustained garden, growing fruit and vegetables. These will ultimately end up in the kitchen, being used in the complimentary cooking program.

The aim of the garden is to provide certain students the opportunity to re-connect to nature through work therapy, getting their hands dirty whilst learning how to grow and nurture. The food they grow gives them an insight into what it takes to provide what they generally acquire with ease in the supermarket aisle. This is invaluable in gaining a more sound understanding of the real world they are set to inherit.

Gardening in small groups requires the students to establish team building skills while the physical demands of the work help keep them fit and healthy. Ultimately, we also hope to integrate other skills into the garden such as woodwork (in building garden beds and furniture), art (murals and mosaics), and planning and organisation which asks for design or mathematical learning. In addition, we aim to cross collaborate between tech, grounds maintenance and art departments in the future to foster a greater sense of community at Marryatville.

We look forward to seeing what grows from it all soon.

Huy Nguyen

Student Wellbeing Team

 

 

Year 8 girls' group report

Across terms 3 and 4, a selected group of year 8 girls were chosen to participate in an enriching personal development program that supported students to discover their connectedness and belonging to learning at Marryatville High School and helped them to find their skills of empowerment to achieve to their personal and learning potential. This program focused on connecting students to the school KARRA values and helped them to understand and reflect on their character strengths to show each of them how individual and unique they are.

The students learnt a lot about themselves and their motivations to be at school as well has identifying that they have a choice to participate in their learning. There have been a lot of laughs, personal reflection and choice to connect to a positive experience in student life at Marryatville. All students have shown a great positive change in their mindsets as they aspire to become future leaders in their own right.

Caz Lewis

Student Wellbeing Team

 

Acknowledging student achievement

A reminder to keep forwarding on information regarding the amazing achievements and contributions that members of Marryatville make to the wider community. We are looking to celebrate all the achievements, community service, acts of kindness that the members of the Marryatville community (students, staff, old scholars) perform regularly but often go unnoticed.

Please email your submissions to: 

Marryatville High School Achievements dl.0817.achievements@schools.sa.edu.au

 

This month on SchoolTV - raising boys
Many parents will attest to the fact that most boys are active, loud, rambunctious and prone to rough play, but this should not affect how a parent acts towards their son. Be careful not to pigeon-hole your son into sex specific behaviours or gender roles. The male brain is distinctly differently in its development. A boy’s physical maturity is often at odds with his mental and brain development.

Societal beliefs about how to raise boys can sometimes influence their adult carers. Although we are not determined by our biology, it is a factor. It is important to support boys in their natural tendencies and nurture their strengths and abilities. Teach them the skills they need for their future and to develop a healthy identity. It is important for boys to have a role model they can connect with and acknowledge who they are. One of the most important determinants for a boy’s development is how secure they feel growing up.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will gain a better understanding into some of the more complex issues relating to raising boys. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month's edition https://marryatvillehs.sa.schooltv.me/newsletter/raising-boys