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GET YOUR GAME-FACE ON
According to the 2011
Horizon Report game-
based learning is
one of the next big
watch-out for in the education sector.
Research, according to the report, continues to
demonstrate its effectiveness for learning for
students of all ages. "The greatest potential of
games for learning lies in their ability to foster
collaboration, problem-solving, and procedural
thinking," the report suggests. Authors predict
the realization of gaming potential is still two
to three years away. Read more at http://net.
COURAGE: GO ON, TAKE IT
University of Sydney
research indicates that
can help students to
learn and achieve.
Courage is de ned
as perseverance in
the face of academic
dif culty and fear. Professor Andrew Martin
says whilst con dence may not always come
easily to students, if students persevere
when they are confronted with academic
challenges, it can help improve their
performance and engagement and reduce
academic fear and anxiety.
TURN Z'S INTO A'S
A leading sleep
researcher at the
University of South
Australia says all-
sessions don't help the brain store new
information. Dr Siobhan Banks advises
that you pull up stumps early and maintain
a regular sleep pattern when preparing for
an exam. "It's been found that your memory
just doesn't function very well if you don't get
a good amount of sleep," she says. "In fact,
having a good period of healthy sleep after a
day of cramming, helps consolidate all those
On the big screen
RGS Past Student Alex Russell (pictured)
features in Chronicle, a to-be-released
Hollywood movie about three Paci c
Northwest high school students who make a
discovery that grants them superpowers.
Judge for yourself
Past Student Judge
Ian Dearden visited
RGS senior Legal
Studies students in
October. A District
Court judge in
importance he places on treating all
people, including criminals, with respect.
Cameron Atkinson of the English
Department and Kate in Girls' Boarding
(nee Lee, RGS '01) welcomed daughter,
Matilda Sydney, on the 16th of September.
Tilly is our 'awww-some' model at the top
of page 13.
ICPA Supplied; Ian Dearden: supplied; Alex Russell: September 9, 2010 - Photo by Peter Bregg/Getty Images North America
Isolated but not alone
More than 250 attendees and delegates
representing over 1000 regional and remote
Queensland families discussed and debated
upcoming proposed changes in education at
the Isolated Children's Parents' Association
annual state conference, convened October
12-14 at The Rockhampton Grammar School.
Year 7 changes (from 2015 Year 7 will
become the rst year of high school in
Queensland), kindergarten access and
funding, the National Broadband Network
(NBN) and the Australian Curriculum were
among the issues considered according to
Conference convener Trudy Mace.
Items of focus included curriculum
development, preparing children for boarding
school and the transition from the Priority
Country Area Program (PCAP) to the Rural
Education Access Program (REAP).
Two Year 8 Boarders, Jordan Farquhar
from Capella and Dana Wilson originally from
Biloela, spoke to the ABC's Jacquie Mackay,
who was covering the conference proceedings
live from the School's Duggan Hall, about their
transition to living away from home.
Jordan, whose sister also attends RGS, said it's
not easy being four hours from home. He said
he missed the openness, the space and the
sky. "At night there are heaps of stars at home.
In Rocky there's so much light," he explained.
Both students shared some tips with the ABC
Dana, who said she was adjusting well to a
much bigger school, advised students to be
calm about the whole experience because
"everyone here at the Grammar School is so
kind. If you have any questions just ask!"
Jordan warned current Year 7 students against
wishing their last year at home to go by too
fast. "Don't get too excited about it. [Year 8]
comes up real quick."
"Pick your friends to start off with [and talk] to
the teachers - they are just really helpful" was
Dana, whose family now lives in close-by
Yeppoon, reaches out to other Boarding
students who can't get home as often as
she does. She invites them to her home on
Boarders Jordan Farquhar and Dana Wilson spoke to the ABC's Jacquie Mackay at the ICPA conference.
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