The holidays are almost here and we are all looking forward to some time to wind down from the busy everyday life of the school term. For our Senior School students, it is important to develop some balance in their holiday time to ensure they come back refreshed and on track for a successful second semester.
The priority for these holidays is to recuperate from the many hours of study throughout the term, but it is important to remember to stay on top of any school work as well. We are making our way towards the end of the year at a rapid rate and we don’t want to lose sight of the goals set at the beginning of the year. Planning out holiday time is essential to staying on track to achieve those goals. Allocating set times for study and ensuring there are specific tasks to complete is essential for achieving your best. For those studying Stage 2 subjects, most teachers will set specific holiday homework. Break this down into smaller tasks and allocate specific times to complete it. Be realistic about how long it will take and when you want to get it done. Don’t have anything specific set? Make use of the holidays to revise that topic that you didn’t understand well so you are ready for your end of year exams. Had trouble getting the work you had planned done because something else came up? Reset. Tomorrow is a new day.
The holidays should definitely not be all about School work. It is essential to rest and recover so that everyone is healthy and prepared for the many challenges of the upcoming term. Take time to read a book, watch a movie, visit friends or family, go shopping, walk along the beach or play sport. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it is something that makes you happy and allows your mind to rest. By balancing work with relaxation, the holidays can allow you to recover and feel rested as well as stay on top of your work. Be aware of your sleep pattern, try to keep it in line with what is in during the school term so you don’t spend the first week of next term trying to adjust back into routine. It is also a great time to make sure your study space is clean and organised with notes filed, worksheets colour coded and flashcards collated. By making a plan that balances the relaxing activities that we love with the important tasks we need to complete we can make the most of the teaching break and start the second half of the year one step ahead.
Head of Halstead, Senior School.