Hello Swan Reach,
Hoping the brief rain was kind to those most in need and that more will come your way soon. A number have commented that it’s been one of the driest periods for some time. We empathise with the difficulty and struggle experienced by those on the land due to the dryness.
Another difficulty shared by many is parenting – oh for the manual! It is probably the toughest (and most rewarding) role in the world – and it never stops! It is arguably becoming more difficult with so many changes to society and ‘expert’ opinions that can deflate or affirm parents and carers actions, beliefs, morals and confidence. Below are some quotes from a mum, Sue Lively, who acknowledges the pressures parents and carers face daily, to inspire and boost parents and carers patience. Her article is online @ https://onetimethrough.com/25-inspirational-quotes-that-will-boost-your-parenting-patience/
- “Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow.” ~Unknown
- “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ~Saadi
- “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” ~Paulo Coehho
- “Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.” ~Saint Francis de Sales
- “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~Napoleon Hill
- “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed…” ~ Heraclitus
- “Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.” ~Guy Kawasaki
- “Calmness is the cradle of power.” ~Josiah Gilbert Holland
- “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them FEEL.” ~Carol Buchner
Mr John Robertson
UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS IS NEARLY AS IMPORTANT AS IQ FOR STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC SUCCESS
SRAS is proud to be a WeMatter site, focussing on building firm wellbeing foundations for learning. The importance of this priority is emphasised in the Generation Next article below:
Article By Carolyn MacCann, Associate Professor, University of Sydney; Amirali Minbashian, Associate Professor, UNSW, and Kit Double, Research Associate, University of Oxford
The ability to understand emotions contributes almost as much to students’ grades as their IQ.
Past studies show two personal qualities are important for student academic success – intelligence and conscientiousness.
IQ scores explain about 15% of the differences between students’ grades. Conscientiousness, such as having the diligence to do enough study, explains about 5%.
Our recent research has found emotional intelligence explains 4% of differences between students’ achievement. But the ability to understand emotions, a component of emotional intelligence, explains about 12% of differences in students’ grades.
What is emotional intelligence?
Different researchers use slightly different definitions of emotional intelligence.
Some define emotional intelligence as the ability to perceive, use, understand and manage your own and other people’s emotions. This is called “ability emotional intelligence”.
Others also include character traits such as optimism, impulse control and the ability to motivate yourself. This is called “mixed emotional intelligence” because it is a mix of abilities and character traits.
We examined the findings of more than 150 studies on the link between emotional intelligence and academic performance. These studies included more than 42,000 students and 1,246 different estimations of the size of the relationship between emotional intelligence and academic performance.
Some of the studies in our analysis used rating scales to assess emotional intelligence. Here, test-takers might rate their emotional abilities with items like “I am aware of the non-verbal messages other people send” or rate their mixed emotional intelligence with items like “I am motivated to succeed”.
Others tested emotional intelligence directly by measuring participants’ emotional abilities with skill-based tasks. For example, test takers might be asked to identify which emotion is expressed in a face.
We found that, overall, emotional intelligence explained about 4% of differences in students’ academic achievement. But some emotional intelligence types were more important than others.
Skill-based emotional intelligence, such as reading people’s faces, explained 6% of differences in academic achievement, but self-ratings of emotional abilities explained 1% of differences. So, emotional skills assessed from the outside are more important for students’ academic performance than students’ self-ratings (or self-beliefs) about their emotional skills.
But some emotional skills were more important than others. The two most important emotional skills for academic success were understanding emotions and managing emotions.
Students who can understand emotions can accurately label their own and others’ emotions. They know what causes emotions, how emotions change and how they combine. Students who can manage emotions know how to regulate their emotions in a stressful situation. They also know what to do to maintain good social relationships with others.
Emotion management skills accounted for 7% of differences in academic performance . Emotion understanding skills accounted for 12%. That is, understanding emotions is more important for student success than conscientiousness (5%) and almost as important as students’ IQ (15%).
Emotionally intelligent students tend to be more intelligent as well as more conscientious. But our study found it wasn’t just that emotionally intelligent students were also more likely to be intelligent and conscientious.
We applied a statistical technique called meta-regression to examine what the effect of emotional intelligence would be if everyone had the same level of conscientiousness and intelligence.
For students who had the same levels of conscientiousness and intelligence, emotional intelligence was still linked with higher academic performance.
For students with the same levels of intelligence and conscientiousness:
- self-ratings of mixed emotional intelligence (the one involving both skills and character traits) explained 2.3% of differences in performance
- emotion understanding skills explained 3.9% of differences in performance
- emotion management skills explained 3.6% of differences in performance.
Why is emotional intelligence linked to good grades?
There are at least three reasons why we believe emotional intelligence relates to higher academic performance.
First, students with higher emotional intelligence can regulate their “academic emotions”. Students may feel anxious about tests and performance. They may feel bored when learning dull material. And they may feel frustrated or disappointed when they try their hardest but still can’t quite get the hang of a task.
Students who can regulate these tough emotions will achieve more. Anxiety will not impair the test performance. They can push through the boredom and frustration to master dull or difficult material. They can learn from negative feedback or failure rather than be derailed by disappointment.
Second, students with higher emotional intelligence can form better social relationships with their classmates and teachers. They can get help with schoolwork or with social and emotional needs when they need it.
Third, many non-technical academic subjects require an understanding of human emotions and social relations as an inherent part of the subject matter. Analysing universal themes of love and betrayal in Shakespeare plays requires not just verbal skills but emotional knowledge and skill. Analysing the role of charismatic leaders in the rise of fascist regimes likewise requires social knowledge and analysis.
Our results show that teachers, parents and students should focus on student’s emotional skills not just for student’s well-being, but for their ability to succeed academically.
Swan Reach Area School is looking to partner with local industry to provide workplace-based opportunities for students in 2021 and beyond. The Government of SA has introduced a new Vocational Educational Training (VET) Policy to streamline opportunities for secondary school students to be able to combine their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) with VET, primarily in the form of an Australian School-based Apprenticeship or traineeship (ASbAs).
Swan Reach Area School will be offering Industry and Education Partnership meetings on Wednesday 19th May 2021. A member from the VET for Schools program, Rohie Griffiths (student pathways team) and I will be visiting local businesses and sharing the benefits of employing Swan Reach Area School students.
If you are interested in taking on a school-based apprentice or trainee, or would like more information, contact me at school.
Mr Troy Cowland
On the 23rd of May we have our first race at 'The Bend', Tailem Bend. It has been highly anticipated by the 'Black Swan' Racing team. We have had a huge influx of new riders and students interested in Pedal Prix and the team work that supports it. The race track at Tailem Bend is an exciting new venue which has been added to our Pedal Prix circuit this year.
We have built a new Trisled Trike, replacing our old trike. This is something that has been well overdue for our team and it will make us very competetive against the larger schools. Keep an eye on our new bike which displays the local businesses and organisations who have sponsored our team. We thank them for their contributions which helps cover, bike maintenance, race entrance fees and transportation.
Our team has been working overtime preparing for race day. This has included training extra hours after school (thanks to Mr Griffiths for organising and supervising this) as well as jumping on our practice bikes during lunch time.
On the 18th of June the Pedal Prix team will host a Pedal Prix Dinner fundraiser at the Nildottie Hall. We invite everyone to come along and enjoy the chance to meet the team and get a close up look at our new bike. We will display photos and video of our previous races and share our Pedal Prix experiences. Everyone is welcome to attend, but you are required to book in a week before hand by contacting Dot Haby (or leave a message) 0427 715 818.
Jazzy Challenor & Kai Gribble
Last week the SRC held their first meeting for term 2. During the meeting, the representatives read out the comments received from the student suggestion boxes which had been placed around the school in term 1. Some great ideas were received from students to improve the school. Some of these ideas included more casual days, updating the school uniform, increased sporting activities at lunch time and ways we can take care of our school yard. Some positive comments also received were
– It’s all good - SRC are doing a great job - All is pretty good.
The Mother’s Day table was also a great success and hopefully some of you may have received some goodies from the stall. Look out for another one around Father’s Day!
My name is Ella.
I am in year 8.
How long have you been involved in SRC?
I have been a part of the SRC for 3 years, it has been interesting and enjoyable and a lot of the student’s voices have been heard.
Who are your role models?
I look up to Usain Bolt because he has worked hard to be where he is today and I think that is quite inspirational. Also because I like sports and he is the fastest person in the world.
What are you looking forward to this year in SRC?
I am looking forward to being part of the change in school and some of the upcoming events this term like footy colours day.
What are your aspirations when you leave school?
I hope that when I finish school I will get a good job and leave with abilities that will help me when I am older, like socialising skills.
And lastly, what is your positive message for everyone reading this?
Don’t be afraid to go after your goals and do what makes you happy.
BIGGEST MORNING TEA
The Biggest Morning Tea will be held on Tuesday 25th May at 10:30am in the Swan Reach Community Library. Due to Covid-19 restrictions Parents and Friends will be catering (NO BYO) and serving sweet and savoury scones. Tea and coffee will be available.
Do you live in Swan Reach or the surrounding area?
Are you passionate about community led plans to improve the health and wellbeing of your region?
The Mid Murray Our Town Core Leadership Team is seeking to recruit a local community member who is innovative and passionate about working with others to improve health and wellbeing.
The Community Connector role is a 12-month contract position. The role requires 30 hours per fortnight, with an hourly contracted rate of $50.
The successful candidate will require their own ABN and related professional insurances.
The goals of Our Town are to:
- Listen to, and work with the local community to develop initiatives that work towards improving health and wellbeing.
- Grow ideas, build relationships and activate local communities to identify and respond to the mental health needs in our region
- Upskill and build local capabilities around mental health and wellbeing
- Raise awareness and acceptance, reduce stigma and change cultural norms, so community feel empowered and motivated to develop and lead initiatives
- Build strong foundations to support sustainable place-based community structures
If you are a great communicator, self-motivated, love working with people and want to play an active role in building and sustaining the wellbeing of your community, we would love to hear from you.
To apply for the position applicants need to:
Email a one-page cover letter detailing why you would excel in the role of Our Town Community Connector
- Email an up-to-date CV detailing your skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications
- Confirm you comply with the special conditions of the Community Connector role
Please note: formal qualifications are not a pre-requisite for this position but fantastic people skills are.
For a copy of the job description, Our Town plan and further information, please contact Amie Johnson on 0419 860 044 or email email@example.com.
Applications close 5pm 27th May 2021.
Due date for the next Newsletter is 10:00am, Wednesday 26th May, 2021. The newsletter is distributed via the SZApp and school website. Printed copies are still available upon request.
Articles can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly marked in the subject box as Newsletter, faxed to 8570 2325 or delivered to the library/front office. Due to the way the Newsletter is now being set up, not all photos are included in the print copy, however there are several photo galleries included online and via the SZApp.
Public Libraries SA has now released 'BorrowBox' which is a new platform for borrowing eBooks and Audiobooks. Say hello to your future library, wherever you are, whenever you are free.
To join you will need your library 'one card' login and PIN number. If you have any problems please contact me at the library.
Mrs Leanne Griffiths
|7 May||Year 8/10 Immunisations|
|23 May||8-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|24 May||SAPSASA Cross Country|
|25 May||Biggest Morning Tea- 10:30am, in the Library|
|27 May||9 a-side Football at Karoonda|
|28 May||School Photos|
|31 May||SAPSASA Football and Netball|
|4 June||Student Free Day|
|9 June||Football/Netball trials|
|11 June||Primary Interschool Sports v Cambrai at Swan Reach|
|14 June||Public Holiday-Queen's Birthday|
|2 July||Term 2 ends - Early dismissal. SRC Dress Up Day, more info to come.|
|July 31||12-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|11-12 September||2x6-hour Pedal Prix - Murray Bridge|
SACWA NILDOTTIE and DISTRICTS BRANCH - 2021 CALENDAR DATES
Swan Reach Christian Women's Group invite you to join them for Bible study and fellowship each month. 11am, second Tuesday of the Month at the Swan Reach Lutheran Church Hall. BYO lunch. For more information please phone Taryn 0427 702 377 or Josie 0419 708 224. All welcome.
3.15pm-4.30pm. FRIDAY 21st May at the Swan Reach Lutheran Hall, for Reception to Year 7 children. Cost is $1 each. For more information please contact Taryn 0427 702 377 or Kristy 0438 857 721.
BSR FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FIXTURES