Advice for the return to school: Year 11

As we begin 2023, here are some strategies to ensure your Year 11 daughter experiences a successful start to the year, and for many students the beginning of their VCE journey.

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Tip 1 – Organisation 

It is important to start a new year with smart habits such as organisation.  Reminding your daughter to set aside some time to set up their week is important.  Students can use Maple to review their timetable and add this to their Planner or Outlook Calendar.  A great tip is also to set aside time each night to review what they may need to bring to school or work on for the next day. 

It can sometimes be difficult after the summer holidays to reset our daily routines.  This involves ensuring that your daughter is going to bed at a reasonable time, eating regularly and creating a weekly timetable to ensure she can dedicate time to school as well as her hobbies.  Our students will also be provided with new study techniques at the beginning of the year to support study habits at home. 

Tip 2 – VCE Success 

For many of our students, Year 11 is the beginning of their VCE Journey. It is important to highlight to your daughter that if they are proactive in their studies and consistently put in time and effort early in the year – they will avoid creating stressful situations.  Students are also encouraged to create small goals to keep motivated throughout the year.  It is helpful to remind students that their teachers are here to support their journey. 

Tip 3 – Self Care 

It is important to reflect on how your daughter may be feeling and to use strategies that will aid their wellbeing. 

This may involve asking her to reflect on her feelings and highlighting the great opportunities they will have with their teachers and friends as they return to Strathcona.  Self-care during this time also includes your daughter reflecting on their physical wellbeing such as what they are eating, fitting in time for exercise and sleeping well, to have energy to tackle each day. 

Another key reminder of self-care is to consider making time to ensure your daughter is undertaking their favorite hobbies such as going for a walk, listening to music or undertaking some creative passions. 

We are excited to partner with our families to ensure all our students experience another great year at Strathcona. 

 Kara Baxter, Dean of Teaching and Learning.