Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

The Sleep Connection will be giving presentations next week in GT125 during Parent/Teacher interviews.

This week has been characterised by the need to quickly re-establish normal routines within the College.

Term 3 is always a crucial time during the academic year for students. Our Year 12 cohort are steadily building towards the QCS tests in Week 8 at the same time the Year 10 students commence their Immersion program. These events combined with a significantly high portion of our students involved in co-curricular events means that the boys can sometimes “burn the candle at both ends” during Term 3.

Research suggests that 7 out of 10 teenagers are not getting the recommended nine hours of sleep each night. We would all be aware of the negative consequences of the under-slept teenage male, including increased irritability, inability to communicate and lack of concentration to name a few.

The College has invited a sleep consultant, Mrs Lisa Maltman, (from The Sleep Connection) to make a presentation to parents next week during the Parent/Teacher interviews. Two presentations commencing at 5pm and the second at 6.30pm will occur in the GT 125 theatre during the evening. Each presentation will last for approximately 45 minutes. The presentation is designed for either or both, parents and students. A video link providing some background information to the work Lisa undertakes in schools can be found here. To register for this event please do so via the “Notices” section on the Terrace App.

This week has been characterised by the need to quickly re-establish normal routines within the College to ensure that class time is as effective as possible. Our approach in “sweating the small stuff” assists staff in establishing a productive tone. I congratulate our students for their ability to settle quickly and focus on the core business of learning in the classroom.

This weekend we enter Round 1 of the Rugby, Basketball and Chess competitions against Nudgee College. Whilst we celebrated the members of the various First’s programs earlier in the week, during our Spirit Assembly, all teams understand that fixtures against Nudgee College are significant events on the calendar and require the best from our young men on all fronts. The College’s expectations are that the boys enter into competition this weekend with the highest level of commitment and respect for our opposition both on and off the field as players and supporters. All students remaining to watch the 1st XV this weekend will be required to wear the formal College uniform (including the white shirt and blazer – hats not required).