Thank you to those who spread the word about our screenings on Saturday morning- we had quite a few last minute applications. If you still know of people who wanted to apply for 2018, please encourage them to do so and we will organise further screenings.
All the best to our musicians performing for the grandparents at the Cultural Community Showcase in the Habberton Hall tomorrow afternoon at 14:30 (tea) for a 15:00 start. This is not to be confused with the delightful FP grandparents’ days which will continue as scheduled.
Our Grade 7s begin writing exams next Tuesday (and our HS later this week)
Our Primary School examinations in reality are no more than intensified class/ cycle tests, to help prepare our pupils for High School. We are not trying to emulate the volume they may have in High School, as we wish to build confidence, and faith in the process, not break a child down. Although much of this is known to many of you, I would like to share with you tips on how to help your child cope with the pressure of taking exams.
1. Be his/her study buddy: Look out for signs of exam stress such as irritability, not sleeping well, losing interest in food, worrying a lot and appearing depressed or negative. Headaches and stomach pains can also be stress-related. Having someone to talk to about his/her work can help. Support from a parent can help a child air his/her worries and keep things in perspective.
2. Ensure your child eats well. What your child eats and drinks in the run-up to exams can influence how clearly he/she thinks and how he/she feels. A balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, fish and complex carbohydrates will help them concentrate and think clearly. Too much high-fat, high- sugar and high-caffeine food can make studying harder. Obviously ensure that your child eats a good breakfast. Also ensure that the evening meal is at least one hour before he/she goes to sleep.
3. Encourage sufficient sleep. Sleeping well and for long enough to feel rested, around six to eight hours for most people, will help thinking and concentration. Allow half an hour or so for them to wind down before going to bed, between studying, watching TV or using a computer as this will help them get a good night’s sleep. Cramming all night before an exam is a bad idea. Sleep will benefit your child far more than hours of panicky, last-minute study.
4. Be flexible. Be flexible and do not worry about household jobs that are left undone, or untidy bedrooms.
5. Help them study. In most cases, find a comfortable, well-lit place without distractions for them to study. If you need a night light, apparently a blue light bulb allows someone to concentrate for longer than a normal bulb. Also provide notepaper and coloured pencils to make notes and draw mindmaps. Remember, however, that some children learn in an auditory manner and will prefer to tape record their learning, or sing their notes, while other children are kinesthetic learners and need to jump or skip their learning or learn best while on the move.
6. Remember that feeling nervous is normal. This is a natural reaction all students feel, to a lesser or greater degree. Redirect this positively by reminding them of what know and the time they have put into their studies. This can help them to feel more confident so that they can reach their potential.
7. Encourage exercise. Being active helps to boost energy levels, clears the mind and relieves stress e.g. walking, cycling, dancing and playing sport/ attending practice. (Despite this, attendance at practices during exam time is not compulsory for Gr.7’s.)
8. Don’t add to the pressure. Some children feel that the greatest pressure comes from the family. Keep things in perspective, listen to them, give support and avoid criticism. Before they go to an exam be reassuring and positive. Make sure they know that failing isn’t the end of the world and if things don’t go well, you will still love them. After each exam encourage your child to talk it through with you, then move on and focus on the next exam.
9. Make sure your child has all stationery requirements. Please assist your child by ensuring he/she has his/her own pencil, pen, eraser, ruler, glue, compass, protractor, Maths equipment etc. for the exams, as lending of equipment and borrowing is not permitted.
10. Illness. A medical certificate is required should your child miss even a day’s school during the examinations.
11. Make time for treats. When the exams are over, help to celebrate with a treat as rewards can be a real encouragement for the next time they have tests.
Wishing you all the best for the week ahead. Encourage your child to remember; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)