Year 7

“Learning How to Learn” Year 7 Workshop

“Learning How to Learn” Year 7 Workshop

Year 7 students participated enthusiastically in a workshop with John Joseph this week. The focus was on “learning how to learn” and how “their brains work”.

The students dissected a brain to help them understand the different functions and how these assist their own learning. They also thought about their future careers and did some creative activities to help them think/plan.

The Year 7 Advisors – Amy Boyd and Joel Trist – were very impressed with the group’s level of participation is these challenging activities. On Monday it was particularly hot and the students showed great resilience.

This is the fifth year John has run these workshops which show students how they can maximise their learning potential. Some of the take home messages include:

1. There should be no screens in bedrooms. People who check their device instead of sleeping end up feeling unhappy and find it hard to be rested enough to learn at school. It is really important not to fall asleep watching TV too.

2. Breakfast is essential after a nine hour sleep.

3. Video games are best played on weekends or in the afternoon rather than when it gets dark as they are fun but it makes it hard to sleep.

Next year, due to requests from parents, John Joseph will run a similar workshop for adults commencing at 6.30pm.

NB There will be no dissection. ;)

Open Night

Open Night

Dapto High has an Open Night for prospective students and their parents on Wednesday 24th February (5.30-7.30pm) commencing in the school hall.

The focus for the evening is on students currently in Year 6 considering Dapto High for 2017. However, students and their parents in younger year groups are more than welcome as are those considering studying in the senior years at DHS.

Students and parents will have a guided tour of the school and have the opportunity to see live lessons and listen to talks from students and teachers.

We look forward to showing you our school.

 

Year 7 are fantastic…

Year 7 are fantastic…

The school could not be more pleased with the start Year 7 have made to high school. They are punctual, in uniform and have devices.

Our newest students did particularly well with the challenging workshop run by John Joseph on Monday and Tuesday this week.

The focus was on “learning how to learn” and how brains work. Students completed dissections and a range of practical learning activities to complement the theory presented by Mr Joseph about happiness, brains and learning.

Chatting with students from both groups it was apparent that some ‘take home’ messages were:

1. There should be no screens in bedrooms. People who check their device instead of sleeping end up feeling unhappy and find it hard to be rested enough to learn at school. It is really important not to fall asleep watching TV too.

2. Breakfast is essential after a nine hour sleep.

3. Video games are best played on weekends or in the afternoon rather than when it gets dark as they are fun but it makes it hard to sleep.

The school recommends that families charge devices centrally away from bedrooms and that there are no screens in bedrooms. Any parent who would like to know more about creating an environment that assists good sleep should email: Darcy.Moore@det.nsw.edu.au or Daniel.Inness@det.nsw.edu.au