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Secondary School Newsletter - 11 September 2020

Updated: Oct 9

R U Ok? Day

2020 has been a tough year for everyone, everywhere. As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly swept across the world, it induced a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the world’s population and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers and people with underlying health conditions. In public mental

health terms, the main psychological impact has been elevated rates of stress or anxiety.


As new measures were introduced by governments worldwide to stem the pandemic, such as quarantine, the impact on mental health increased.  One of the ways people have attempted to combat the stress and anxiety felt by self-isolation is to reach out to each other and talk. Whether it be online or face to face, people have meaningfully connected to ask each other how they are coping with life’s up and downs.


Formed in 1995, R U OK? is a national Conversation Movement that is equipping Australians with the skills and confidence to support those struggling with life. Their goals are to: 


1. Boost confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs

2. Nurture a sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others

3. Strengthen a sense of belonging because we know people are there for us

4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic

Thursday, September 10 is R U OK? Day in Australia and to mark that event, students in the Secondary school have been discovering ways to ask their friends and family if they are okay. In their Positive Education lessons, students have been learning how to ask the question, R U OK?  They have discussed the importance of active listening, encouraging action and regularly checking in with those friends and family who are not coping.

You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just be a good friend and a great listener.

We understand that young people cannot be expected to fix someone’s problems, nor know the best way to help and support them. However, they can listen to what their friend is saying, let them know they care and tell a teacher or trusted adult if they are worried about their friend.


A simple hello can really help out a friend.
R U Ok? | Role play activity

2020 has been a tough year and we are all in this together. Nobody is untouched. That is why I am proud to be part of a very supportive and caring community at AISB that is willing to ask the tough question: Are you okay?


Written by Mr Mark, Head of Middle and High School


Swimming


Swimming is one of the best forms of full-body exercise. Not only does it provide students with a much-needed cool down from the heat in Bangkok, but it also allows students to improve both cardiovascular and muscular fitness.

The swimming lessons focus on stroke correction and introduction of various stoke techniques. Some lessons will focus on watersports such as water polo which helps with improving stamina and hand-eye coordination.

For most students their once a week swimming class is the only form of exercise they do for an entire week. For teenagers, this is not enough. 

We strongly recommend that you encourage your child to bring their swimming attire to school weekly and participate fully in the lesson. However, if for some reason they cannot swim please notify the Head of Middle and High School by email and he will assign other work for them to do.

Written by Mr. Andre and Mr. Dayne


Year 8 English


In Year 8 English, the students finished and published a news report about the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii. The reports were written in third person using past tense verbs and used clear, concise, informative language to summarise the previous day's event. They also made sure to choose a short and snappy headline to grab the readers' attention.

Written by Ms Jennifer , Year 7 and 8 English


 

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