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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2018
was a bit “too close to nature” for the big-city dweller. Shanghai is home to more than 24 million people, about the same size as all of Australia. The three girls and one boy participated as part of the Round Square international education programme, joining two Year 10 boys from Sugamo High School in Tokyo who were at RGS for a term- long immersive English programme. Taking on a full-time academic load, Sugamo’s Takumi and Ryogaku, were hosted by RGS homestay families during their ten week stay. Taking on the swimming carnival and nominating to swim 50m freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly for Wheatley house, Takumi said making new friends was his highest priority and that lunchtime conversat ions were “awesome”. His Japanese cla ssmate said he would have liked to have stayed longer at RGS if it were possible. “Ryogaku told me that on Valentine’s Day he received a chocolate cake from an RGS student and described it as the most delicious cake of his life,” recalled RGS Japanese Teacher Mrs Miranda Broadbent. “W hat a great memory, among many, to take home. Ryogaku told me that he is hoping to come back to Australia and Rockhampton again.” Both boys returned to Japan in March, having secured Sugamo’s relationship with RGS that will see more students from their school, and others, enrol in short and long-term programmes later this year and in 2019. “The making of global citizens is a powerful, positive contribution to what is known as the diplomacy of knowledge,” said Dr Moulds, before meeting with educators in Tokyo earlier this year. Other Australian schools enrol hundreds of international students as a business model to support overall operations but that’s not the RGS pathway, noted Dr Moulds whilst visiting Japan’s Toyo High School. Limited to just a few international enrolments per year level, RGS long- term overseas boarders and domestic students are developing, and will develop, deep relations with each other. “It is this exchange of cultures, values and opportunities that is forming the foundation for what RGS hopes will be lasting friendships, understandings and strategic partnerships,” said Dr Moulds. “I was in Emerald talking with parents recently about international education and they spoke about the flow of young people from around the world into Central Queensland; the visitors and migrants they encounter and the opportunities RGS’s growing programme will present to their children, especially in terms of developing their cultural, business and language skills.” They view it, according to Dr Moulds, as essential to their children’s overall development. “Parents are confident their children will become ambassadors for CQ and Australia and that their experiences will deliver benefits to our region in ways that we can’t even imagine yet.” The importance of enough good sleep Continued from page 3 Clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller, states that “getting enough sleep is one of the most powerful ways we can protect ourselves against depression. The structures in the brain that support the most powerful antidepressant, serotonin, are built and re-built between the sixth and eighth hour of sleep”. Smart phones have had the extraordinary effect of making the world a smaller place for our children, however, having their friends and the outside world at their fingertips 24/7 is impacting on young people’s sleep patterns. A large body of evidence now shows that the blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets and computers suppresses melatonin production, meaning that using these devices at night can interfere with the body’s natural sleep cycles. The teenage brain is particularly sensitive to the effects of blue light. That ’s why experts now recommend that teenagers should avoid late-night use of devices that emit blue light if they want to get enough sleep. Sleep is now considered to be as important to your overall health as nutrition and exercise. However, Professor Ian Hickie explains that physical activity during the day is critical in order for young people to sleep well at night. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your night-time sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. Here are some tips to promote a good night’s sleep: • Gotobedandwakeupatthesametime every day. Maintain a routine, even on weekends or after a poor night’s sleep. • Do physical activity during the day, preferably outside. Natural light helps promote melatonin production in your body. Melatonin is a hormone that allows you to know when to sleep and when to wake up. • Create a comfortable sleeping environment. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and dark. Avoid distracting noises and light. • If you’re worrying about things during the night, set aside some time for problem-solving during the day. • Avoid drinks that contain caffeine (e.g. tea, coffee or soft drinks) after 4pm as it is a brain stimulant. • Allow yourself time to wind down before going to bed. If you’re working or studying, stop at least 30 minutes before bedtime. World ready at RGS Continued from page 15 RGS Director of Teaching & Learning Reniece Carter talked with Japanese school representatives in March at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. 26 Keeping Japanese relations current RGS 2017 prize winning graduate Clancy Cor te Donovan (pictured) has returned from a seven-week exchange in Japan with further knowledge of Japanese language and culture. Clancy, who attained an OP2, will this year major in Science at the Australian National Universit y (ANU) in Canberra while also continuing his Japanese studies. In Japan he attended Tokyo’s Showa Daiichi High School, undertook the Japanese proficiency exam at Kyoto University and re-visited Rockhampton’s sister cit y, Ibusuki, which he toured in December with other RGS students. “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn new things and once again a trip to Japan to remember for life,’’ Clancy said.
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