Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS

Address

Links Road
ARDROSS 6153
Western Australia

Phone

(P)+61 8 9314 9393

 

Important News

Important News

Health Centre News from Deb Kitak, School Nurse

Welcome to everyone at Applecross Senior High School and a big welcome to all our Year 7’s and any new students and families. I wish you all the very best for the year.
 

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Canteen News

We have had the usual busy start to the year, with the new Year 7's excitedly getting to know our menu and the rest of the students welcoming back old favourites and discovering new ones.  There are new Dipping Boxes for $2.50, which includes chopped vegies and Turkish bread, along with Hommus or

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Congratulations to the team of boys that came second in the “Have Sum Fun Online 2017” competition for Year 10. The competition run by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia in conjunction with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.  A series of 4 competitions were run over a period of 4 weeks, whereby students answered Maths problems under a time constraint.  Well done to Callum Vukovich (Captain), Alexander Lui, Tristan Noor and Joel Wildman (absent from photos due to CORE camp attendance.

We are so very proud of their accomplishments!

 

Applecross Senior High School will host a group of Japanese boys through AIIU in late March 2018. We are looking for kind, friendly host families who can host one student each for 11 days. This is a chance to make a Japanese friend, and to help our school to give all students the opportunity to interact with the visiting group. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please see the flyer below.

 

Below please find details of the next Young Entrepreneur Masterclass

Congratulations to the following students who has their poetry published in this year’s edition of Primo Lux. The quality of the poems submitted was excellent and they can be proud of their creativity. Twenty schools contributed to the selected poems, and there were over two hundred entries submitted for consideration.

Eunice Ho, Patrick Brennan-Walker, May Huang, Evelyn Won, and Mali Mertiens were all included.  Mali read her poem out at the launch and it as well received.

Veronica Lake, HoLA English

The Year 10 Student Council did a fantastic job in organising Shades for Aids on World Aids Day on December 1st. Sophia Ammali and Mikayla Grosse deserve special recognition for the leadership they have shown with this project. The students raised $280. On the same day, the students helped publicise sales of a special ice cream at the canteen that raised more than $255 for the Brocade Cancer Research Institute.  Thanks to Cree Miller , our tireless Canteen Manager, for helping with this. Thanks also to Mr Lloyd and the school’s Front Office staff for their assistance on the day. Well done to all involved. I actually thought my Fremantle Dockers inspired sunglasses were the best entry but unfortunately I did not win.

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page.

Brad Snell, Year 10 Coordinator

 

 

Kylee Pearson was recently selected to participate in the upcoming ASSETS summer school program. 105 students have been selected to attend from across the country to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as delving deeper into their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture.

The students selected for the ASSETS program are all high-achieving individuals and should be congratulated on this achievement. Well done Kylee.

 

Recently, a number of our Year 7 students had the opportunity to work with Miss Robinson to learn about science inquiry skills by completing a low altitude launch with our Sphero balls.

More photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.

 

 

Congratulations to Felix Sutton from Year 7, who has been selected to represent two Western Australian Sports!  Felix will be participating in:

WA Men's Singles Figure Skating at 

Australian Figure Skating Nationals

in Brisbane 2 to 7 December 2017

and

WA Short Track Ice racing at

Australian Open Short Track Championships

in Melbourne 8 to 10 December 2017

 

This term is coming to an end so quickly. It has been a busy and productive one.  I have added some important messages below. Please take the time to read them:

Farewell to Year 11 and 12s

Wishing all our Year 11 and 12 students a happy, healthy and restful break and a happy Christmas with your family and friends. Looking forward to seeing the Year 11 cohort refreshed and back in 2018.

Good Mental Health Tips

Eat Well Some studies suggest that what you eat affects your mood. A good balanced diet will make sure you have all the essential nutrients needed for your brain to function well, helping to keep you both physically and mentally healthy.

Get Involved Get involved with things. Do volunteer work, get a hobby, join a club or committee, play sport, join a meditation group, go snorkelling with a group of people, socialise or do a short course. The more things you do, the more connected you feel to the world around you.

Give a Compliment Give a compliment and allow yourself to feel good for making someone else feel good.

Build friendships Keep in touch- invite a friend to lunch. Encourage new friendships-ask your friend to bring someone you have never met.

Share and Create Positive Relationships Close relationships have a huge impact on how we feel on a daily basis. A phone call, a couple of emails or a few texts, can help us feel connected to those we love Sharing thoughts and feelings with friends, family or a counsellor. Talking your problems through as soon as they appear can really help relieve stress and anxiety.

Reduce Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Drug Use Some people make the mistake of thinking that taking drugs can help get them through tough times. Drugs including alcohol, can contribute to, or trigger, mental health problems in people. Mental illness linked to drug use includes anxiety, depression, paranoia, panic attacks, and psychosis.

Help Others Do something to help someone else. Acts of kindness help other people but also makes us feel good. We are often happiest when doing something for others

Practice Skilful Conflict Resolution Conflict is difficult for most people. There are times where it may not be possible to avoid. Practising skilful conflict resolution can make a difference and, with the skills gained, may have additional benefits. Conflict does not have to be aggressive, discussing and talking through issues can benfit your own well being.

Play Play is important for staying mentally healthy. Devoting time to just having fun can recharge your battery, revitalise your social networks, and reduce stress and anxiety.

For more information, to find your nearest headspace centre or for online and telephone support visit headspace.org.au

Help lines and websites for adolescents

How do I get help?

Sometimes, when you’re worried about something or feeling down, it feels like you’re all alone. It can seem like your other friends and family members have ‘normal’ lives, and they don’t understand why you’re worried.

Besides the phone lines and websites below, there are some people that you can talk to who may also be able to help you and refer you to the appropriate place for help. These are: the school psychologist, the school nurse, your GP, your local hospital or health centre nearest to you.  There is always someone that you can go to for help so please don’t feel like you have to face things alone.

Websites:

  1. http://au.reachout.com  – a website for young people to improve their mental health.  Also provides information & opportunities to connect with other young people
  2. http://www.youthbeyondblue.com – It is a national, independent organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety & substance misuse disorders for young people.  You can talk with others, share your story and read about other people’s experiences.
  3. http://www.headspace.org.au - has online chat and support or you can call the closest centre to you to make an appointment for free counselling.
  4. http://www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/ - offers web counselling, email counselling or phone counselling (1800 55 1800)
  5. www.justask.org.au – this is the national mental health information and referral service from Lifeline
  6. http://www.health.wa.gov.au/mentalhealth/publications/head2head.cfm - this is a magazine that is published 3 times a year and provides mental health information to all sections of the WA community.

Phone numbers:

Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800 (free call from a land line; 24 hours)

Youthline (Suicide) – 1800350670

Samaritans (Suicide) – 1800 198 313

Lifeline - 13 11 14 (cost of a local call; 24 hours)

Mental health direct- 1800 220 400

Mental health emergency response line – (24 hr) 1300 555 788

Health direct – 1800 022 222

Domestic violence helpline – 1800 656 463

Mission Australia helpline – 1300 886 999

Headspace – 93356333 (Fremantle office)

The Young Carers Program provided support to young carers who might be at risk of not completing their education or the vocational equivalent. There are a range of support options, and also funding to give them a break.

The Program can help young carers under the age of 25 years who are providing significant care and support for a parent, child, partner, relative or friends who has a disability, is frail aged or who has a severe mental or physical condition.

Free call for young carers - 1800 052 222

Email - yc@silverchain.org.au

Website - www.youngcarers.net.au <http://www.youngcarers.net.au/

Free Mobile App

Legal Aid WA, in conjunction with other legal aid commissions, has launched a new, free mobile phone app - Below the Belt: Sex, Selfies and Cyberbullying. This app will help young people understand the law about three major issues facing them: sexting, cyberbullying and the age of consent.

Below the Belt: Sex, Selfies and Cyberbullying contain fun and interactive tools to help young people learn about the law and support their friends. Users can send an e-postcard to their friends to ward off unwanted requests to send someone a selfie. The app explains the legal consequences of consensual sexting and also what to do if someone distributes an image of them without permission or sends them an unwanted sext. The app also allows young people to quickly resolve any questions that they might have about the age of consent.

The app also provides links to support agencies if young people need more help.

For information about how to download the app click here <http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/InformationAboutTheLaw/treatment/Pages/BelowtheBeltSex,SelfiesandCyberbullying.aspx> .

Currently the app is only available to Android users. If you have an Apple device you can have a look at the app content by linking through to the following webpages:

* sex and consent <http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/InformationAboutTheLaw/treatment/Pages/Sexandconsent.aspx

* selfies <http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/InformationAboutTheLaw/treatment/Pages/Selfies.aspx

*  cyberbullying <http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/InformationAboutTheLaw/treatment/Pages/Cyberbullying.aspx> .

Deodorant Spray

Reminder to parents and students that deodorant aerosol sprays are NOT allowed to be brought into school and used. If deodorant is needed at school please bring in roll on or pump pack deodorant. Applecross Senior High school in an Asthma Friendly School and acute asthma attacks can be triggered off by deodorant sprays. If student/s are caught with a deodorant spray it will be confiscated and the student will be referred to the Year Coordinator/ Head of Student Services. \

Updating Contact Details

Can families please ensure the school is notified as soon as possible if any contact details change?  This includes home, mobile and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses.  Email: axshs.email@education.wa.edu.au

Unwell Students

If your child is unwell and needs to go home a parent or someone known to your child must come and pick up your child and take them home. I do not like to send unwell students home either walking or via community transport as I have a “Duty of care”. Thanks for your support in this matter.

Medication                                                                                               

Parents and students are reminded that the nurse is NOT allowed to give panadol or other medication to students. Parents/Students are reminded that they can bring a dose of 2 x panadol to school to take if you have pain. E.g. Headache, period pain, toothache etc.

Dental Services

The School Dental Service (SDS) provides free dental health check-ups to students attending a Department of Education recognised school from five to 17 years of age or to Year 11, whichever comes first. For more information please call 9313 0555 or visit www.dental.wa.gov.au  Students are encouraged to attend their primary school dental service.  This is:

Mt Henry Dental Health Service for Adults and children

Emergencies only and please phone first before attending.

  Telephone: 9313 0552

Open all through the December and January school   holidays excluding public holidays

  Monday – Friday 8.15am – 4.30pm

Raising Children Network

Children are as individual and as different as their parents and making decisions about what’s best for raising children is very personal.

The Raising Children Network provides information that can help parents with the day-to-day decisions of raising children.  It also provides information to help parents and carers look after their own needs. The information is based on the best science in parenting, child health and development, presented in language we can all understand.

The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety.

This is a website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children. www.raisingchildren.com.au

Sun safety with the hot weather approaching

It is important to talk to your children about sun safety and teach them good sun protection habits.

  • slip on some sun-protective clothing, that covers as much skin as possible;

  • slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun;

  • slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears;

  • seek shade;

  • slide on some sunglasses. Make sure they meet Australian Standards; and

  • extra care should be taken between 10am and 3pm when UV levels reach their peak.

For more information see the Cancer Council website: www.cancer.org.au

Talk soon. Talk often.  Talking to your child about sex

Parents often feel uncomfortable raising this topic with their children, but young people need accurate information about sex and sexuality in order to be able to negotiate sexual relationships safely and responsibly, and to become sexually healthy adults. Your child will hear information from many sources, but as the most influential role model in your child’s life you have an important role to play in ensuring that your child receives the information that allows them to make safe and healthy choices.

Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex is an excellent book that will help you with tricky conversations.

Get your copy at: www.public.health.wa.gov.au

With the summer weather finally here, it is a fantastic time to get back into swimming. This year we will be starting our school swimming training earlier, in the hope of improving our performances at the A Grade Swimming Carnival in March next year.

We have enlisted the help of Chris Twomey this year who is a professional swimming coach and the head swimming coach at South Shore Swimming Club (SSSC), who train at LeisureFit Booragoon. Chris has years of experience of coaching novice to elite swimmers and has previously coached Iona College to become IGGSA Champions, was the head coach of Barker College in Sydney for three years, and achieved 3rd place in IGGSA for Santa Maria last year.

Many of our more accomplished swimmers currently train under Chris at SSSC and he hopes to grow participation and performance in swimming at Applecross Senior High.

Our first training session will be next Monday from 3-4pm. Anyone who is interested in competing for the school is invited to participate.

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