Where is the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ when it comes to screen time?

Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle School

Too much?

Too little?

Or just right?

There is no denying that we live in a digital world.  News, sport, entertainment, banking and shopping are moving more and more online.  With recent restrictions, Zoom calls, webinars, virtual catch ups and Teams meetings have become an increasingly common part of our lives.  We have access to information we need instantaneously and can find ourselves spending vast amounts of time in front of our screens.

The same can be said for our children.  From a very young age, conversations about screen time begin.  The question is often how much is too much? Is there the ‘perfect’ amount and is it the same for everyone?   A recent study from the University of Oxford in England has explored the link between wellbeing and screen time, particularly in relation to teenagers.  The wellbeing data measures aspects such as self-esteem, life satisfaction, happiness and friendships.  The researchers in this study explored these areas specifically in relation to the amount of time teenagers spent on their screen.

In simple terms, their research involving over 100 000 young people found that high levels of daily screen time (e.g. over 2 hours of smartphone use per weekday) was linked to lower levels of wellbeing.  Interestingly, the study also found that extremely low or no daily screen time was also linked to lower levels of wellbeing.

The researchers put forward the ‘digital Goldilocks hypothesis’.  Like the traditional fairy tale, they wanted to see if they could establish what was ‘just right’ – the place where all things align to be the perfect combination for that young person.  The researchers discovered that this ‘just right’ spot can be where digital screen time at the optimum level can increase creativity, communication and development, with wellbeing increased, not harmed.

Unfortunately, the answer of where that ‘Goldilocks zone’ is varies depending upon the child, the device, the purpose for being on the screen and whether other activities are being impacted or missed out on because of the screen time.  As is the case in the story, the porridge that is too hot or too cold for one person, is just right for someone else.

In his article exploring this research, well-renowned Australian parenting and positive psychology expert, Justin Coulson, has developed a set of guidelines that he feels will help each parent navigate this space and try to establish the ‘Goldilocks zone’ for their child.

His guidelines include:

  • Use your common sense as you know your child best.
  • Consider content and context in determining limits.
  • Encourage other activities before screen time is permitted.
  • Make sure that any screen time is healthy screen time and that your child is having a positive screen experience.

Engaging in the online space is an inevitable part of the world for our young people and assisting them to develop the skills and dispositions needed to positively be a part of an online environment is important. Educating students about cyber safety and digital citizenship or asking them to put the phone down and go outside to kick a football in the park is not about being ‘anti-technology’.  It is more about giving them the strategies and tools to proactively navigate their world, both online and offline, and ensure that they are engaging and connecting in a way that is optimising their wellbeing.

 

Digital wellbeing.org – ‘The Goldilocks Hypothesis and just right screen time’

https://digitalwellbeing.org/the-goldilocks-hypothesis-and-just-right-screen-time/

Justin Coulson – ‘Screen time and our teens mental health crisis’

https://www.happyfamilies.com.au/blog/screen-time-and-our-teens-mental-health-crisis/

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Supporting our Senior Generation

Josh Crow | Prefect On Monday afternoon, a group of senior students visited the Akooramak Aged Care home, in what is planned to become a …

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Supporting our Senior Generation

Josh Crow | Prefect

On Monday afternoon, a group of senior students visited the Akooramak Aged Care home, in what is planned to become a weekly tradition for the College.

Our road to Akooramak has been paved by postponements, restrictions and finally a deal of bus trouble, but the long wait was certainly worth it.  We were able to connect with some incredible people over conversation and board games, including the residents’ personal favourite, snakes and ladders.

Over the afternoon we got the opportunity to learn about the experiences, families and hobbies of some amazing and unique individuals. The afternoon left us all very eager to continue our conversations and saddened at the prospect of a full week before our next visit.

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Middle School Leadership team

Photo Above: Maggie Myer, Benjamin Carey and Samuel Bourke being presented with their Middle School Leader awards at Assembly. Darcy Noller was absent on this …

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Middle School Leadership team

Photo Above: Maggie Myer, Benjamin Carey and Samuel Bourke being presented with their Middle School Leader awards at Assembly. Darcy Noller was absent on this day.

This term we were very pleased to announce four new leaders to join the Middle School Leadership team.  Year 8 students were invited to submit their application which detailed how they measured up to the College’s five core values of Spirit, Tenacity, Authenticity, Excellence and Respect and how they could positively impact change within the College.  Applicants were also interviewed by senior staff to talk through and present their ideas in person.

Congratulations to Darcy Noller, Samuel Bourke, Maggie Myer and Benjamin Carey who were presented with their leadership badges at the last Assembly.  These students will now lead our Middle School alongside Adam Stephenson, Oliver Seibel, Halle Rooney, Lauren McAdam, Alyxis McDonald and Isabelle Twidale.

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Discovering and understanding our environment | Prep

Mrs Sharyn Bomford | Prep Teacher As part of Science and Geography units, our Prep students are investigating the places they live in and belong …

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Discovering and understanding our environment | Prep

Mrs Sharyn Bomford | Prep Teacher

As part of Science and Geography units, our Prep students are investigating the places they live in and belong to. They are discovering that places vary and people have different views about the use of places.

To learn and question these topics in more practical way, the Prep class went on a walk through our College grounds to see what buildings we had and how they are used. We popped in to see the main office and enjoyed visiting with Ms Woodgate and Mr Thompson. Prep then wandered into the Science lab and noted the chairs and tables were much larger than we were used to in our Prep room. We had a lovely visit with Mr Keevers who showed us some very interesting rocks and big maps. The students were excited to discover we had the Condamine River hidden right behind our Dining Hall. It was a big walk and we still have more places to visit on campus later in the term. We all agreed we have a wonderful environment to learn and play in – even when we get into Senior School and are taller than Mrs B. (Prep noted our Year 9 Science class were taller than me. I said they were little once too!)

As a class, we have been sharing photos of places we know and love. Google Earth is a favourite tool we love using to see where our friends have been. We love it when the Earth spins and takes us to an exciting place overseas or throughout Australia. Saani talked about her visit to Pakistan and Maddie shared she has family in Norway. We have also read some wonderful story books about places in Australia too. Our class favourite – Are we there yet! by Alison Lester.

This week we got messy and started making our papier-mache globes. The Prep room was filled with squeals of delight and laughter as we swam in flour and water to cover our balloons with blue paper. A big shout out to Mrs Stephenson and the Year 7s for coming to assist our Preppies (and rescue me) from the hilarious chaos as I realised perhaps we had bitten off more than we could handle. One layer down and two more to go! We wanted to make our globes so we could use a torch for the sun to show night and day. Our Preps think it’s pretty amazing that while we are having lunch at school, children in other parts of the world are fast asleep.

We are also recording daily weather patterns over a month. The boys and girls have been drawing weather symbols and viewing the BOM website each day to look at weather forecasts and learn to read weather radars. We were quick to work out the different symbols and keys.

 

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Money Matters

Year 3 Money is a part of our everyday lives, however, it seems we are moving closer to living in a completely cashless society.  How …

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Money Matters

Year 3

Money is a part of our everyday lives, however, it seems we are moving closer to living in a completely cashless society.  How many times do we flash our credit cards or even tap our phones to pay for everyday items?  How often are we even using cash anymore?

Children are not really exposed to cash transactions these days, so our Year 3 students have been learning all about money through a range of practical activities to help master money concepts.

Take a look through the photos and ask your Year 3 student to tell you what they were working on…

From Hawkins House

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of SBB Another busy week in Senior Boys’ Boarding is drawing to a close and it is a good time …

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From Hawkins House

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of SBB

Another busy week in Senior Boys’ Boarding is drawing to a close and it is a good time to reflect on all the boys have been involved in since their return. The continued relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions has allowed us to return to some of our pre-Covid routines and activities. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the movies last weekend and the tension in the house in the lead up to the first rugby match for months was palpable.

As always, our boys gave everything in the contest on Wednesday night and played their games in a supportive and positive spirit. Special mention must go to our Year 10, First XV debutants Alex Eising and Peter McFarland. Peter thought he might play the final ten minutes against a tiring opposition, but was thrown in the deep end, making his run-on debut as scrum-half. It was great to see the way our older boys rallied around him and supported him on the park – truly representative of the boys we have in Hawkins House and at SCOTS

The boys are now back into the full swing of academic classes and assessment and it has been encouraging to see them working hard at prep. The Year 12s are busily planning study sessions in the lead up to their external examinations, and many of our Year 10 and 11 boys are busily working through competency-based theory training for their certificate courses.

We are all looking forward to today’s cross country carnival and all eagerly await the results at the end of the day. Best of luck to all involved. It will be wonderful to see parents back at the College – however briefly.

From our captains

Ronan Crotty & Óscar Stopforth Muñiz

After a weird and rather hectic Term 2 we have started Term 3 off really well. The Boarding house is slowly getting back to some sense of normality with Covid-19 restrictions slowly starting to ease up.

The ease of some restrictions has seen the welcome return of sports.  As boarders, we especially enjoy the co-curricular activities program to interact with our school mates in both a competitive and social way.  The Rugby Season has kicked back off with an absolute bang.  Our first home game was on Wednesday night against TAS who travelled from Toowoomba to battle it out against three of our SCOTS teams. It was great to see the students across the College out there supporting the boys – everyone looked immaculate in their full formal uniform.

This term is particularly busy for the Year 12s as we start the descent into the unknown. As Year 12s, we, together with our whole cohort, are looking forward to upcoming College events such as Cardinal and our Year 12 mystery tour.  This is the last full term we’ll be here at the College, so we’re all taking Mr Thompson’s advice to enjoy the simple things and make the most of the time we have left here.

Remember to keep aiming higher in all your endeavors. Stay safe and remember to try and social distance as much as possible.

 

 

From Cunningham House

Daniel McNamara and Hayden Coleman | JBB Co-Captains (pictured) As captains of Cunningham, we’d like to officially welcome all of the junior boys back to …

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From Cunningham House

Daniel McNamara and Hayden Coleman | JBB Co-Captains (pictured)

As captains of Cunningham, we’d like to officially welcome all of the junior boys back to SCOTS PGC for Term 2.  It’s been wonderful seeing everyone’s faces back in the boarding house, especially following all the crazy events that have taken place earlier this year.

Lots of activities and events have already been planned for the term ahead, starting with a morning at the movies for all boarding students. Boarders got the chance to choose what movie we watched with a choice either from ‘Bloodshot’ or ‘The Greatest Showman’. Everyone enjoyed the movie, followed by lunch downtown.

We are relieved to start the term with some sort of normality with sport now back on our timetables. The boys kicked off with Wednesday Rugby as part of the Super Schools competition.  Our Junior boys had an amazing start to the season with a victory against TAS.  The coming weeks will bring more games each Wednesday evening – a welcome mid-week event for the whole College.

We are looking forward to the rest of the year and what it brings.  From all here at Junior Boys, welcome back!

 

 

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From Girls Boarding

Molly Turnbull and Heidi Robson | Girls Boarding Captains Many would know that we are lucky to share our boarding house with two Gap Students …

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From Girls Boarding

Molly Turnbull and Heidi Robson | Girls Boarding Captains

Many would know that we are lucky to share our boarding house with two Gap Students for the year.  At the beginning of 2020, Hannah Wenborn and Lisa McKenzie joined our ranks and were thoroughly enjoying their roles until COVID lockdown meant the girls would return to South Africa.  Lisa re-joined her family in March, but Hannah’s flight was cancelled at the last minute which meant that she was unable to go home to her family.

Fortunately for us, Hannah is here for the rest of the year as originally intended and this Term, we are lucky to welcome Taylor Gilbert, a fellow South African who is also here for the remainder of their ‘gap year’.

Get to know our Gappies…

We quizzed our Gap Tutors to learn a little more about their interests and how they’ve settled into SCOTS life.

Hannah Wenborn

Hometown: Port Elizabeth

Favourite memory of Australia so far: Holding a koala

The Thing you miss the most about home: my dog, Patches

Favourite place you have been to in Australia: Noosa

First impression of the girl boarders: Welcoming

What’s your favourite thing about SCOTS: Hanging out with the girls in boarding

 

Taylor Gilbert

Hometown: Port Elizabeth

Favourite memory of Australia so far: Sydney’s beaches

The thing you miss the most about home: Friends and family

Favourite place you have been to in Australia: Gold Coast

First impression of the girl borders:   Friendly

What’s your favourite thing about SCOTS: How welcoming they have been in such a short time of being here.

 

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Uniform Shop Closed – Week 4

The Uniform Shop will be closed next week (Week 4), apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Deb will return on Monday 10th August 2020.

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Uniform Shop Closed – Week 4

The Uniform Shop will be closed next week (Week 4), apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Deb will return on Monday 10th August 2020.

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Futsal Growth As the sport of Futsal continues to grow, I am pleased to announce that …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Futsal Growth

As the sport of Futsal continues to grow, I am pleased to announce that SCOTS PGC will be the training base for the Queensland West Girls Teams as they prepare for the National Schools Championships to be held in Brisbane in September/October. With several students involved and both Mr Bradbury and Mr Kane coaching Queensland, we are excited to be growing the sport within the region. Training at school continues each Monday and Friday and new players are welcome to come and join the fun.

 

Arranmore Activities Return for Junior School

This past week has seen the return of our Arranmore Program with three sporting activities offered this term for our Year 1-6 students. We pride ourselves on this fun developmental program that was abruptly curtailed due to lockdown in Term 2.

  • Each Monday we offer Cricket with Mr Cahal Davis on the WALEC Courts and BUSS Oval.
  • Each Tuesday commencing in Week 4, we have Rugby with QRU rep Mr David Southwood on BUSS Oval.
  • And on Wednesdays we are offering Skipping with Mrs Brown who is very passionate about developing a competitive team for events in 2021 and beyond.

These will run for a further six weeks up to and including Week 9 of Term. Spaces are still available in the Cricket and Rugby Programs, but numbers are close to maximum in the Skipping Program. Please contact Mr Bradbury if you wish to join any of these activities.

 

Athletics Preparations in Full Swing

Training for our Athletics Carnivals is in full swing with the following opportunities available to our budding superstars of the future from Years 4-12.

  • Monday – Horizontal Jumps – Triple and Long Jump (Alternate Track training – See Mr Bradbury for program)
  • Tuesday – Track Events – Sprints and Middle Distance (Hurdles coming in Week 5)
  • Wednesday – Throws, Shot Put, Discus and Javelin (High Jump coming in Week 5) (Alternate Track training – See Mr Bradbury for program)
  • Thursday – Track Events – Sprints and Middle Distance (Hurdles coming in Week 5)

Although we have had no Representative Pathway through school sport in 2020, there will be avenues over the summer to be involved through the Darling Downs Athletics Club and Queensland Athletics if students and parents are interested. Please see Mr Bradbury for details. Remember our school carnivals will be held in Weeks 8 and 9, details to come.

 

Rugby Returns to SCOTS

Rugby returned to SCOTS over the last week with the Girls 7s kicking off on Sunday at USQ in Toowoomba. Both Under 15 and Open Girls Teams were in action representing SCOTS and the Warwick Water Rats. Results were mixed but the makings of some good team structure was evident. The Under 15 Girls were short in numbers as we awaited the return of a few boarders but each gave a good account of themselves.

In the Open Girls, Molly Turnbull worked tirelessly as always, Niamh Fender and Alexandra Marchand were also handy with ball in hand. Again, a solid team effort against club sides that have been preparing for weeks whilst our players has been scattered in their home towns across the holidays.

The Boys’ teams have been champing at the bit for a start to their Super Schools Rugby season and the season opener did not disappoint.

The Under 13s kicked off proceedings with a fantastic effort demolishing their opponents from TAS/Highfields and Mary Mackillop. Debutante Nick Denny showed why he is one of the fastest lads in the state with runaway try after try, while Kolby Seymour was named best on ground for an extremely skilful all-round performance.

The Under 15’s and Open’s weren’t so lucky and had hard fought losses on home soil. Buchanan Titus guided the boys around the grounds well in the Open game and the forwards were tireless in their efforts but unfortunately, a few minor errors in the backline created opportunities for our opponents that were converted to points, but all in all a sound first hit out for the boys.

 

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College Colour Run

The School Fun Run’s Crazy Colour Day is our major fundraising event this year! The event will be held on Friday, September 4, following the …

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College Colour Run

The School Fun Run’s Crazy Colour Day is our major fundraising event this year!

The event will be held on Friday, September 4, following the Athletics Carnival. So far our wonderful students have raised just over $8,000 which will pay for a Weather Shelter to protect students waiting to enter the Dining Hall. This is fantastic but we want to keep going, every dollar raised helps us achieve our goal!

Keep your eyes out for the sponsorship forms which were be sent home with your child. Once you have the form, you should sign up for a Student Profile Page at schoolfunrun.com.au. You’ll be able to access online fundraising and can win a $20,000 Ultimate Family Experience!

Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward, and the more money you raise the better the reward, and the more you help the College!

We’re looking for all students to participate and we’re organising a great day for our community, so we’d love everyone to come down to support our students.

Thanks for supporting the College and we hope to see you support the event!

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Parent Helpers please

As a further initiative to connect our day and boarding communities, we are seeking assistance from our day parents who may be willing to volunteer …

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Parent Helpers please

As a further initiative to connect our day and boarding communities, we are seeking assistance from our day parents who may be willing to volunteer their time to assist our boarding students get to and from local appointments.

Rather than transporting our students in taxis, it would be wonderful if parents who had spare time, were given the opportunity to connect with some of our students and accompany them to appointments such as the dentist, for example.

Interested parents would be required to register as a ‘Parent Volunteer’ with Derek Naughten, our Head of People and Culture.  Volunteers would need to provide license details, undertake the relevant inductions on Child Protection and understand what’s involved with using College vehicles.

If this sounds like something you may be able to help with, please contact our College Reception.

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Adopt a Boarder

Don’t forget about our Adopt a Boarder Weekend which is set to take place next weekend.  The Adopt a Boarder Program is where day student …

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Adopt a Boarder

Don’t forget about our Adopt a Boarder Weekend which is set to take place next weekend.  The Adopt a Boarder Program is where day student families are invited to host a boarder from their child’s year group on weekend leave.  One of the many benefits of attending a boarding school is the opportunity to develop and forge strong friendships between students and potentially, families.

From a boarder’s perspective, to be able to experience a weekend away from boarding, with a family far smaller than the large number of brothers or sisters in boarding, is not just a welcome change, it is the chance to immerse themselves in a new family.  There doesn’t have to be anything special organised for the weekend; it is often the closeness of being included that is embraced.

Adopt a Boarder weekend will be on Friday 14 August until Sunday 16 August.  The length of time can be adjusted to be after Saturday sport if necessary.  We invite families with students in Year 6-12 to host a boarder for that weekend.  If you’re interested, please contact the relevant Boarding House leader to organise.

Girls Boarding: Chemane.Fairleigh@scotspgc.com.au

Junior Boys Boarding: Stewart.Bailey@scotspgc.com.au

Senior Boys Boarding: Fraser.Bolton@scotspgc.com.au

Any other questions can be directed to Mr Richard Dobrenov – 07 4666 9839.

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Containers for Change

We are opening a Containers for Change account for the SCOTS PGC P&F and would love for our community to donate their cans and plastic …

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Containers for Change

We are opening a Containers for Change account for the SCOTS PGC P&F and would love for our community to donate their cans and plastic bottles, from our carnivals (and your home), back to the canteen for collection. This offers another fundraising opportunity and more importantly prevents them going into landfill. The collection bins will be located down at the P&F Pavillion at Briggs Oval.
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Warwick Cricket Clinic – 1st August

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Warwick Cricket Clinic – 1st August