The ‘ETA’ Executive Team Address
TERM 1 WEEK 4 REFLECTIONS
How to help your child reach their potential
In the ETA last week, the focal point of reflection was on self-improvement, which is the goal for every student of EACS. Establishing good work and study habits and daily routines is essential if a student is going to give themselves the best chance of achieving future success. The role that the home environment plays in supporting our children to reach their potential is critical. All parents want the best for their children and hope that they will grow up to be the best they can possibly be. But sometimes it’s the tangible examples of how parents can best support their children that is lacking. While reaching potential is certainly aspirational, it’s important that the focus is firmly placed on the individual. Every child is different and their version of ‘best’ is unique to them. The ultimate goal is for your child to have a happy and successful life, in whatever form that might be for them. It is unhealthy to make comparisons to others.
Here’s how you can help your child reach their potential:
1. Encourage exercise and a healthy lifestyle
A healthy body promotes a healthy mind and is key for a balanced lifestyle. Regular exercise and exposure to the outdoors releases endorphins that stimulate the brain and enhance memory retention. Healthy kids are generally more productive at school. A focus on health can therefore help improve academic performance and bring out the best in your child.
2. Promote independence
A key attribute of highly successful people is independence. Encouraging your child to be self- sufficient teaches them to have faith and confidence in their abilities. Even when things don’t work out as planned, failure is a great lesson in accountability and responsibility and is always a learning experience. Learning how to make decisions is a vital life skill, especially when learning to deal with consequences. To encourage decision-making, ask open ended questions that will prompt children to think over their reasoning and identify any potential problems. For example, “What makes this the best choice?”, “Have you thought about what you’ll do if X happens?, “What appeals to you about this choice?”.
3. Ensure diversity of experiences
Expose your child to as many experiences as possible to give them the greatest chance of discovering something they are passionate about. Be helpful and supportive of extra- curricular activities, sports and new hobbies. Children with a passions can feel proud about their success.
4. Goal setting
It is important that children learn to work towards goals and overcome failure. Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) goals allows your child small successes over time. It’s really important to ensure goals are attainable in order to build confidence. This is an aspect that has been a recent focus during Advisory with students setting academic, social and leisure-based goals with the support of their Advisory Tutor.
5. Provide constructive feedback
Balancing praise is difficult to manage. Being overly complimentary of relatively small achievements can devalue more significant successes. However, harsh criticism can be harmful to a child’s self-esteem and negatively impact social and intellectual development. Negative feedback should always be constructive to allow your child the chance to learn from mistakes and grow.
Educating the whole person – in mind, body and spirit – as a unique individual with their own talents and capabilities is at the heart of Esperance Anglican Community School. Our extensive co-curricular programme and choice of academic pathways provide plenty of opportunities for every student to realise their potential and passion.
ELEVATE STUDY SKILLS: 24-25 February
As outlined above in the self-improvement introduction goal setting, personal organisation and effective time management are viewed as critical elements of a student’s personal planning to ensure successful learning outcomes. Prioritising workload, maximising the time spent studying (and having the tools to do so), ensuring a study environment free from distractions and having the wrap around support from school and family are the building blocks for sustained success.
This week we will be hosting a visit from an Elevate study skills presenter who will be running a series of workshops with stakeholders in our school community to address key aspects of study skills, according to the following schedule:
- Monday 24 February
- 1130-1230hrs Time Management (year 11)
- 1300-1400hrs Ace Your Exams (year 12)
- 1515-1615hrs Staff presentation
- 1730-1830hrs Parents presentation
- Tuesday 25 February
- 0910-1010hrs Study Skills Kickstart (year 7)
- 1010-1110hrs Study Sensei (year 10)
- 1130-1230hrs Memory Mnemonics (year 9)
- 1300-1400hrs Junior Time Management (year 8)
Please be advised of the Parents presentation TONIGHT from 1730-1830hrs.
YEAR 7&8 PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Tuesday 03 March
Now that we are approaching the halfway mark through term 1 it is a poignant opportunity for year 7 and 8 parents to meet with core subject teachers across the domains of English, HASS, Maths and Science to gain an insight into how your son or daughter is settling into classes as well as to gauge early signs of progress and achievement. Within the next couple of days parents will receive a link to ‘School Interviews’ where you can go in and book 5-minute appointment slots with your child’s teachers. You are encouraged to book early to get the most convenient appointment times that work for you. Should you feel the need for a longer appointment time then this will need to be scheduled outside the parameters of this calendar event. Please contact your child’s class Teacher should this be the case.
What's on this week (week 4)
- Monday Elevate Study Skills Parents evening 1730hrs in D4
- Monday Elevate Study Skills Students workshops period 3&4 (11/12)
- Tuesday Elevate Study Skills Students workshops all day (7-10)
- Wednesday Rotary Youth exchange talk to year 12 students (Advisory)
What's on next week (week 5)
- 02 March WA Day public holiday (no school)
- 03-05 March OLNA Round 1 testing
- 03 March Year 7&8 Parent Teacher meetings
- 04 March Good Standing Policy Parents evening
- 13 March TEE Consultants revision seminar talk to year 12 ATAR students
- 14 March School Ball (Newtown Football Club)
- 17-19 March Executive Principal in school
- 17 March Maths Pathways parents evening (year 7)
- 18 March Maths Pathways parents evening (year 8 and 9)
- 18 March Inter-house swimming carnival (BOILC)
Best wishes for the week ahead.