It was wonderful to welcome students and staff back this week to commence Term 2. We have also welcomed four new students to Garnsey campus and I wish them well in their transition and ongoing education journey with us.
Our Student Representative Council has been active in Term 1, conducting a Casual Clothes Day and barbecue to raise funds for Rwanda, as well as the conduct of meetings where class representatives have had the opportunity to raise issues of concern for students. The SRC Executive was presented at assembly on Monday and we congratulate its members and encourage them to continue to lead student initiatives cross the campus.
The SRC has been a great support to Gahini High School, Rwanda, leading the fundraising for the Science laboratories in Gahini, which are now complete. It was fitting that the students’ badges were presented by Mr Luke Karemangingo, Principal of Gahini High School, who spoke of the impact of the new laboratories on learning. It has been a great pleasure to host Mr Karemangingo and Bishop Manasseh this week. Congratulations to:
Taylah Davidson: Tisdall Hotham (President)
Megan Harrison: Cranswick Dargo (Secretary)
Aimee Johnston: Cranswick Dargo (Treasurer)
Tommo Slee: Blundell Bogong
Andrew Gray: Cranswick Dargo
Lucy Roberts: Tisdall Hotham
Mitchell Rankin: Wellington Binks
Breathe Project next week
The Breathe Project is an independent health promotion initiative, which aims to introduce a simple, 3-minute breathing technique in all Australian primary and secondary schools, as part of each day. Mindfulness has proven to be an effective way for people to gain focus and alleviate stress and anxiety. Each year level at Garnsey campus will participate in a seminar on Monday or Tuesday next week to introduce and explore mindful diaphragmatic breathing.
Research demonstrates significant body-mind changes in the simple process of diaphragmatic breathing. Each breath, millions of sensory receptors in the respiratory system send signals via the vagus nerve to the brainstem. Fast breathing pings the brain at a higher rate, triggering it to activate the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response), turning up stress hormones, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, sweat production, and anxiety. On the other hand, slowing your breathing induces the parasympathetic response (rest and digest – relaxed state), dialing down all of the above as it turns up relaxation and mental clarity. We will be looking for evidence of:
- Immediate relaxation – reducing stress & anxiety
- Enhanced state of mind – concentration and capability to make clear decisions
- Calming of the nervous system
- Improved quality of sleep
- Optimised overall physical health
- An optimal learning environment for students
- A school full of happy, healthy and more connected people
Student Achievements-Sidney Churchman
During the holidays, Sidney Churchman (Year 12) won the Secondary Senior Preliminary Championship in Dressage while representing Gippsland Grammar at the 2018 Horseware Australia Victorian Interschool State Championships. This has gained Sidney a place at the Nationals in October this year at Werribee, where she will compete as part of Team Vic. Congratulations Sid.