3rd Term 2014 Newsletter [Mid Term]
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Dear Parents and Guardians, The 3rd term is progressing well with its hive of activity. Jacaranda blossoms lighten the mood of anxiety among students and teachers as they brave the stress of writing and invigilating exams daily. I am confident that our teachers will produce good results as they have worked hard to prepare our students.
EXAM TIPS FOR PARENTS
Now and then, parents ask for hints on how to manage exam stress and support their daughters as they write exams. I beg you, please do not add to your daughter’s pressure by being too anxious. Please support your daughter and make sure she has at least six hours of sleep, eats well, takes breaks in- between her studies and arrives early for her exams. Your daughter must be at school, 30minutes before the start of her exam. Below are some research- based exam tips for parents and guardians of exam candidates which could be helpful to you:
• Remain Calm - Remember it’s not you, it’s them who are writing exams!! It’s perfectly normal for you to become anxious and worry for your daughter during exam time. The best way you can help your child is to remain calm yourself. It’s very important not to transfer any additional anxiety onto your daughter. This can happen unintentionally. Don’t let your personal experience colour your expectations for your child. Be calm and supportive.
• Get out yourself and relax. Whilst it is important to be supportive and present for your child during this time, experience suggests that some ‘time out’ for parents is as important as it is for students.
• Try to keep a normal household. Exams can bring stress that can have a ripple effect on everyone in the house. Keeping noise and distractions to a minimum during study time is very useful. Keeping regular sleep patterns is essential during this period. Keep a steady pace. If your child is burning the midnight candles, there is a good chance she will run out of steam or become over tired. Encourage healthy sleeping patterns! We all perform better on a good night’s sleep. We retain more information and can recall 50% better if we have slept well. Your child is less likely to go blank or make
comprehension mistakes too. Be supportive and offer unconditional love. Let your daughter know you are there for her unconditionally.
• Feed the Mind - Have plenty of healthy snacks in the fridge – fruit! Make sure everyone in the house starts the day on a good breakfast! Ideally, a slow energy releasing cereal e.g. brown bread with an egg or porridge / muesli. Minimize high sugar snacks (chocolate, fizzy drinks) - have plenty of healthy alternatives. Provide alternatives to caffeine drinks – have decaff alternatives on tap!! Also, if you don’t have them already, get a fish oil supplement to help your child’s concentration.
• Look & Listen. Observe how your child is coping and managing their stress. If you notice they are behaving ‘out of character’ or seem to be finding the whole process difficult, ask how you can help them or suggest taking a walk, or have a bath to relax. Sometimes it is just enough for your child to talk things through with you, they may not be asking for directive actions. By listening and supporting your child you are helping them.
• Be realistic: Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your child. Keep the encouragement going! Encourage. Encourage. Encourage.
SCHOOL FEES FOR 2015
Thank you for your cooperation by keeping due dates for school fees payment and getting clearance vouchers from the bursar’s office on time this term. However, some parents inconvenienced the school and their daughters by either not paying school fees on time, or not getting the clearance voucher before school opened. I am going to give the necessary dates for next year to help smoothen the school fees payment process. Please check your daughter’s invoice closely for special levies. If your daughter is doing computers, the usual levy applies for all forms 1 to 3. The Computer Society has raised exam fee to $10 therefore our computer levy for exams only is now $20. All girls doing practical subjects from forms 1 to 4 pay a practical levy of $20. We want to expose our girls to as many activities as possible which we could not do in the past.The Accounts office will be open throughout the holiday except during Christmas week for receipting and issuing of clearance vouchers. The office will not be dealing with clearance of school fees during the first week of the term as this would have been done already during the holidays. When making payment at
the bank, please make sure you fill in the correct slip, the High School one not the Primary School one.
AWARDS CEREMONY REPORT BY MRS KAMANGA
On the 2nd of October 2014, we held our annual Awards Ceremony. The school hall was full to capacity. Excitement and expectation hung in the air.
The different parties of the school community that had contributed to the achievements celebrated on the day were well represented. Outstanding about the event this time around was the inspirational hue that tinted every address, as different speakers took to the podium. The serene tone
having been set by Bishop Alex Thomas in the opening prayer was carried right through to the end. Remarkable was the address by the guest peaker, Mrs Nomathemba Ndlovu, a Convent girl herself, who has walked the path they are trailing. She had not only her target audience’s ears, but their hearts as well. As she stood there, a shining example of what this path could lead to if followed diligently, she was so inspirational! The celebratory mood peaked as the girls received various awards. Strikingly noticeable was how quite a number had excelled in all fields, that is, academic, sporting, cultural as well as service to the school. This was a true reflection of the multi-faceted nature of Convent education. Emphasis was made on how these achievements were made possible by the team-work and collaboration of teachers, parents and students which the school head, Sr. Rudo, greatly appreciated.
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT FROM A CHILD
“Heaven must really be very small because I see it in my mum and dad’s eyes.”
SR RUDO MATSIKA OP