Term 2, Issue 3 - Wellbeing | Siena College
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Exam Anxiety

Siena College, like many schools, is preparing students for end of semester exams, tests and assessments. As we all know, the digital revolution has changed the way students learn and study with information available at their fingertips twenty-four hours a day. It is important for parents to understand this and support their daughters to help reduce stress levels.

Setting a schedule is vitally important. Students need to schedule everything from sleeping and eating, to studying and exercising. It is one of the best ways to manage inevitable exam stress. When it comes to productive study, sometimes less is often more. It is recommended that students hit the books in fifty-minute stints, broken up by fifteen-minute breaks. This gives the brain and body a rest. Adolescents will often underestimate the amount of sleep they need. Getting enough sleep is key to successful study practices.

Research shows that physical activity also has a very positive impact on mental wellbeing. Eating well is another crucial factor to maintaining concentration and staying focused on the task ahead.

Parents will find helpful advice on how to help students cope with the pressure and how students can work smarter to achieve the results they desire in this episode of SchoolTV.


Vaping is becoming a pastime that is unfortunately growing in popularity across Australia, especially amongst teenagers. Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapour created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Many teenagers are succumbing to peer pressure around this risk-taking activity due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. They are often cheaper than conventional cigarettes, making it more cost-effective and attractive to young people.

Although anyone under 18 is not legally allowed to purchase any type of e-cigarette or vaping product in Australia, teenagers are finding ways to access them online. Australia has strict regulations in place for nicotine-containing products, and attempts are being made to regulate vaping and ban the importation of them. Many of the flavoured liquids associated with vaping, contain not only high levels of nicotine, but other potentially harmful additives. Many of these “e-liquids” contain chemicals that are likely to be toxic, that when inhaled or vaped repeatedly, can cause severe damage to the lungs.

Vaping is often marketed as being the “healthy” alternative to smoking. However, doctors strongly advise that if you do not smoke, then you should not start vaping. Most teenagers are unaware of the associated risks and potential impact vaping can have on their development and overall health. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of nicotine addiction and include e-cigarettes in the discussion alongside alcohol and drugs.

This Special Report highlights the facts around vaping and e-cigarettes and outlines the potential risks.

Siena College has a zero tolerance approach to smoking (including vaping), the use of alcohol or any other drug.

Antonella Rosati

Deputy Principal Wellbeing and Strategy
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