It is often the case that school holidays are a time children increase their screen time. Online gaming, social media and video sharing apps remain the biggest activities young people are engaging with online.
The top six most used apps by school-aged children include BeReal, Minecraft, Roblox, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube.
Your children are growing up surrounded by technology. It will hugely influence their lives, both now and in the future, so it’s important to incorporate it as a topic into your regular conversations and talk early and often about what healthy online behaviours look like.
It is also critical to discuss the importance of balance when it comes to technology. Excessive screen time has been linked to both physical and mental health issues, and a recent study has shown that worldwide, people aged between 16 and 64 spend an average of four and a half to over ten hours a day on their screens. Because we are surrounded by technology, it’s vital to increase your awareness of time spent online and look to carve out some quality tech-free time every day.
Above all, using technology should be a positive experience, enhancing your life with convenience and connection rather than making it more stressful. If something online is not serving as a positive experience it is important to encourage children and adults to delete or disconnect, even for a short time.
I wish all students a restful break and encourage positive and safe online behaviour. It is also a good time to remind everyone that if something doesn't feel right or you are concerned about someone or something online, please make sure you talk to someone you can trust about it.
Helena College remains committed to online safety and education. There are many tips, articles and app reviews on the Helena Cybersafety Hub, which is accessible from every page of the College website - or simply just bookmark this link.
Justin Pitt | Head of Senior Campus
Class of 2023 Email Addresses
Year 12s are encouraged to set up a new email address before the Helena address is turned off following the last ATAR exam in November. It is also wise to choose a professional address. This will help students to represent their best selves when dealing with potential employers.
Transferring login details from third-party providers, e.g., Spotify, Google, SCSA, TISC, etc., can take time. Year 12s are encouraged to start this process early to avoid being locked out down the track.
TAFE Applications opened on Friday, 1 September and close on Friday, 3 November
Applications for TAFE courses for 2024 open on Friday, 1 September and close on Friday, 3 November.
See Key Dates HERE. Go HERE and fill out your application.
For more information, download the TAFE admissions guide for entry to full-time courses for entry to full-time courses.
2023 End of Year 10 Celebration Day. Save the date. Friday, 1 December 2023.
This date marks the last day of Year 10 for 2023 and will incorporate some House-based challenges at school, morning tea, bus transfers to and from Barrack Street Jetty, a 3-hour River Cruise and lunch.
Watch this space for the theme of the day and ticket details.
Parents Helping Parents - My Kids Career
The Australian Parents Council has created MyKidsCareer to help parents to support their students. The MyKidsCareer website helps parents/guardians to guide their children toward a fulfilling career.
A day in the life of a Murdoch Uni Student for Years 9 and 10 students. 27 or 28 September
If you are currently in Year 9 or 10, A Day in the Life of a Murdoch University Student is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your interests and where these might lead you. Find out more HERE.
Languages are not just tools for communication; they are the essence of our cultural identity, expressions of our rich heritage, and bridges that connect people across the globe. Languages Week is an annual celebration that recognizes the importance of linguistic diversity and promotes the beauty of languages worldwide. This week-long event offers a unique opportunity to embrace linguistic diversity, foster cross-cultural understanding, and celebrate the vibrant tapestry of languages that enrich our lives. One of the key objectives of Languages Week is to encourage people to learn and appreciate multiple languages. Multilingualism has numerous benefits, from cognitive advantages to enhanced career opportunities and improved cultural understanding. During Languages Week at the Senior School Campus, the Languages Department organised a range of activities, including:
Winners of the various activities throughout the week:
Tour de France Time Trial | Harrison M 8K (Close second > Matthew D 8W)
Best dancer for International dances | Sully L 8W
Best photo Booth photo | Réka L 6V and Constance D 6F
Best French Landmark Drawing Competition | Nicole C 8K
Best Indonesian landmark Drawing Competition | Olivia R 7K
Library quiz winner | Maisie T 7K
EP Interclass Competition | Mme Pindur’s Year 6.1 French class
Countdown as of Friday 22 September: 6 weeks to go
Students should have completed their fifth meeting with their supervisor during the last few weeks of this term with the aim to be very close to completing their product. The final meeting, meeting 6, is best booked once the written responses is in its final draft so that the supervisor can provide feedback on their responses.
It has been pleasing to read on interview forms that most students are progressing well with their process journals. Whilst students could be either handwriting or typing the entries, I do advise that if students are typing on the computer that they print the updates off in preparation for their meetings with their supervisors. We have had instances in the past with the files getting ‘lost’ and students needing to completely re-write their process journal! Not a pleasant experience for the student nor their supervisor.
Students will be given an Academic Honesty form to complete in class and is one of the documents that will be submitted to SEQTA prior to the interview.
Students should be making regular entries of the time spent on completing their product in the ‘Project log’. This document is verifying that they have met the minimum of 15 hours on their product and will be signed by themselves, the Project Coordinator and scanned into SEQTA.
A session on the final assessment was held with all students during their Connections class in Week 7. The PowerPoint and questions were emailed to students to use as a resource when they begin preparing their written responses.
Information will be emailed to parents regarding the exhibition, with suggestions for decorating booths, dates and times for when the booths can be set-up and information about the opening ceremony.
If your student seems to be experiencing difficulty with any of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact either your students’ supervisor or myself for a meeting.
Rebecca Murray | Project Coordinator
At Helena College we are committed to fostering an environment that encourages open communication, transparency, and continuous improvement. As part of this commitment, we are currently reviewing our Disputes and Complaints Resolution Policy and Procedure.
To ensure that our Disputes and Complaints Resolution policy and procedure remains relevant, fair, and comprehensive, we invite you to provide your invaluable insights and perspectives. Your input will help us refine our policy to better serve our community. Please click HERE to view Policy and Procedure. You are invited to send your written feedback to email@example.com
Thank you for your engagement and commitment to Helena College.
Role of the Director General - Ensuring Accountability and Standards
The Director General of the Department of Education plays a crucial role in overseeing our compliance with registration standards, which encompass various aspects of our operations, including our complaints handling system. Should any student, parent, or community member have concerns about the way a complaint has been addressed, they have the right to contact the Director General. This communication channel reinforces our commitment to transparency, accountability, and the highest educational standards.
We hope that parents and carers are getting to know the key features of the new Parent Lounge. To help, we've put together some tip sheets on common questions that come up. All the tip sheets include information on how to reset your password, if you cannot find the activation email that was sent out earlier this term.
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
If your child has turned 14 years old, or will be turning 14 years in the same calendar year of the course, you can enrol them in VacSwim so they can get their Bronze Medallion during the summer school holidays. They’ll learn advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation skills to help keep them and others safe in the water.
Enrol now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
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