High School 2/6/23: Anxiety and sleep

In the last newsletter article, we looked at the topic of Youth Mental Health. Parents can play a vital role in supporting their teenager’s mental health and well-being by staying informed and engaged in their lives. Two areas that I would like to provide some resources on in this article are;

  • Anxiety coping skills
  • Good sleep habits



It can be tricky knowing how to help a teenager with anxiety. From helping them learn coping techniques, to making lifestyle changes as a family, there are things you can do to help your teen manage their anxiety. See the Reachout site on: How to build coping skills for anxiety


Sleep Habits

Sleep is vital to a child’s wellbeing. When children sleep well, they are more settled, happier and ready for school the next day. Did you know half of all mental illnesses start during early high school? At this critical stage of development, 40% of young people will face significant sleep problems heightening their risk of anxiety or depression.

So, it should come as no surprise that a serious lack of sleep, or seriously disturbed sleep, is one of the most common symptoms of depression among adolescents. After all, however tired you might feel, it’s hard to drop off if you’re wracked with doubts or worries.

See SchoolTV for video resources on Teens and Sleep.

The Black Dog Institute has developed a free Sleep App called Sleep Ninja. This evidence-based smartphone app has shown to be effective in helping young people with sleep problems.

  • 90% of teens who used the app experienced better sleep
  • Rates of depression dropped from 77% to 44% after using the app

It’s available for free now on the App store and Google Play. Download Sleep Ninja Here.

I hope these resources help you to support you teenager.


Yours Sincerely,

Anthony Hudson

High School Deputy Principal


Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Year 11 Subject Selection

Subject Selection for Year 11 2024 is just around the corner, bringing both excitement and anxiety for students. To help our current Year 10 cohort navigate this crucial decision-making process, here is what the rest of the term will look like:

  • Week 8: Year 10 Information Session (period 1), a note will be emailed to parents and the website will be released.

  • Week 10 – 26th June at 6:00 pm: Year 11 Subject Selection Evening.
    Join us for an informative evening including:

    • 6:00 pm: Subject Expo in the Hall
    • 7:00 pm: Seated presentations on becoming a senior student, HSC and ATAR, choosing the right subjects, and the process of line creation.
    • 7:45 pm: Q&A Session – Presenters will address any questions related to the presentations.

We look forward to supporting our Year 10 students in making informed decisions about their future academic paths.

Mrs Rebecca Clisdell
Dean of Students Years 11 and 12