School News, August 28, 2008 (Week 6, Term 3)

September 7, 2008

Last Thursday our monthly P & C Meeting was held in the Bingara Central School common room. This meeting highlighted the positive direction the school is progressing in.

Executive, in their reports highlighted achievements made at all levels K-11 and what did emerge was just how much activity has been taking place within the school on a weekly basis. The school’s ongoing role in the Gwydir Learning Region was also positively mentioned.

Parents, this school has much to be proud of and I would actively encourage you to come along to the P & C meetings and become involved in what is a very worthwhile undertaking. It would be great to see more parents and carers there. You are always welcome.

SASS stands for School Administration and Support Staff. This week is a week to acknowledge the great contribution and role that SASS play in the daily running of the school. Their help is invaluable and without it schools would simply not function effectively at all. Thankyou to Cathie Brown, Ros Goodwin, Judy Mack, Jan Miller, Kate Muir, Tanya Odell, Trevor Galvin, Ray Allen, Sarah Abra and Gerry Amer.

It’s interesting to examine the role of sleep in young people.  Several weeks  ago I had a case of a student who was angry with staff during the day, and on interviewing the student I found out he’d been up since 4am that morning.  As a result he came to school tired, worn out, impatient and as the day proved, easily angered.  It made me think how many students are up to all hours on the computer, watching television, texting or whatever.  I’m not  against these activities – it’s good to have some relaxation but not at the expense of your sleep.  The following article about sleep you might find very interesting.  Think about what it says and if you want to look up some of the information sources feel free to do so.

Ten Tips to Get Better Sleep
Tip 1. Have a regular bed time each night
Tip 2. Catch up on missed sleep another night
Tip 3. Reduce Sleep Thieves, especially light and noise.
Tip 4. Avoid exercising before bed
Tip 5. Avoid food, caffeine and sugar close to bed time
Tip 6. Get off the computer or TV one hour before bed
Tip 7. Use the bathroom before bed
Tip 8. Have a relaxing, quiet bedtime routine
Tip 9. Prepare clothes and gear for the next school day
Tip 10. Fill out a Sleep Diary and manage your sleep patterns

Twelve ways that poor sleep can really hurt you.

  • Tiredness during class
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Learning problems
  • Sports problems
  • Risk of skin problems
  • Risk of stunted growth
  • Risk of depression
  • Risk of being overweight
  • Clumsy behaviour
  • Social withdrawal
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Weakened immune system

Source: Dr. Sarah Blunden Sleep Psychologist
George Christos, Memory and Dreams: The Creative Human Mind
Crick an Mitchison REM Sleep and the Neural Net
J. Winson, The Meaning of Dreams
National Sleep Foundation article: From ZZZ’s to A’s
*John Joseph, Journey into the Vulnerable Brain
*John Joseph, Parenting with the Brain in Mind – 60 articles by subscription
Mary Carskadon, When Worlds Collide, Adolescent need for sleep versus societal demands, disorders.asp, sleep.html