Year 9 News
A warm welcome back and Happy New Year to all DBIS students and families and a special welcome to the students and families who have joined us at the start of this term.
I hope that you all had an excellent holiday and are now feeling refreshed and ready for the exciting term ahead.
As teachers and students I think we are really lucky to have two opportunities to reflect and make positive changes; every August at the start of a new academic year and every January at the start of the New Year so I would like you to take the opportunity to reflect on your academic year so far and think carefully about the positive changes you would like to make for Term 2 and 3. Here are some ideas you might want to try:
- Stop procrastinating. Use to do lists to help you prioritise your work and then set aside specific time slots to complete the tasks. The sense of satisfaction and achievement you get each time you tick an item off your to do list will help motivate you to do more.
- Get healthy. Make a small but significant change in your health such as eating more fruit each day or walking part of your journey to school instead of getting the bus.
- Sleep better. Research suggests that teenagers need more sleep than adults as their bodies and brains continue to develop. Help yourself increase the quality of your sleep by putting away all those distracting and disturbing devices at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep and reading instead.
- Smile more. Studies suggest that smiling activates the area of the brain associated with reward and triggers release of dopamine. So even if you’re feeling a bit down, smiling through it can trick your brain into helping raise your mood.
Some events we have to look forward to this term are;
End of term concert
I’ll finish by reminding all Year 9 students that 2018 can be whatever you want it to be but it has to start with you:
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”