Posted by: JT | November 3, 2010

Never turning back – Road Safety Magazine

This Road Safety magazine was created by Ebony (8PDH) to help raise awareness of the dangers of driving and how to manage risk for road users. Please leave feedback for Ebony about her work. (to view as a magazine, click on the ‘scroll’ tab in the bottom left and select magazine)

Posted by: JT | November 3, 2010

All About Conflict

The following magazine was created by Charlotte (8PDH) about Conflict and Resolving Conflict. Please leave feedback for Charlotte. (to view as a magazine, click on the ‘scroll’ tab in the bottom left and select magazine)

Posted by: JT | October 27, 2010

Alcohol Risk Advertisement

This is a project created by a year 8 student to advertise the risks of alcohol use. Feel free to leave feedback for Josh (yr 8PDH).

Posted by: JT | August 25, 2010

How not to get caught in the ‘net

Today social networking can be a great way to interact and socialise with your friends and people you know, however sometimes it can be unsafe. Safe use of social networking is a way to still have fun and yet be safe at the same time, so it is a win – win situation.

Safe use of social networking is basically not giving out any information about you which could put you in any kind of danger. It is not advised to give out any information about where you live, your phone number, your credit card numbers or any thing else similar to that kind of personal info. This way, you can be safe while still doing what you want.

The safe way of social networking is only talking to people you know. Some people even pretend to be somebody that they are not, which is why it is safer for you, not to give out much information about yourself that could put you at any risk of danger. Social networking is still great even when you do it the safe way.

All in all, safe use of social networking is protecting you and still letting you have fun at the same time. It is a good idea to be safe when socially networking as it helps you and keeps you out of any trouble, harm or danger that could possibly happen to you.

Zoe (yr 8 )

Posted by: JT | August 25, 2010

Avoid Social Networking Faux Pas

Safety on social networking sites is paramount for any ages but especially young teenagers as they can get carried away in some situations. The main things to watch for are the people you add, pictures you put up of yourself and the amount of information you allow the public to see.

Firstly and probably the most important is the people you add on your facebook. Its simple; do not add anyone you have never met face to face. This is important because if you add someone you have never met they could be easily faking their identity and potentially asking you to meet them. If you went to meet them it could result in a very bad situation as you dont actually know who you are meeting. If you are planning to meet someone for the first time who you met over facebook always remember to meet in a public place and tell someone you trust who and where you are meeting.

Secondly the photos people put up of themselves is very important. Especially for young girls whose photos can attract the wrong attention. Some girls forget this rule and they also forget the first one. The two of these mixed together can end up really badly. So remember never put revealing photos up of yourself or any photos that you think could attract the wrong people.

Finally and also extremely important is to limit the amount of information you reveal about yourself on Facebook. Never reveal regular routines, dont put any addresses and never put any personal numbers up. All these pieces of information can allow strangers to know alot more about you than you would want. Dangerous criminals could have enough information about you to potentially stalk you or do other harmful things.

Therefore remember the three rules: Don’t add people you have never met face to face, don’t put inappropriate photos of yourself up on facebook and never reveal personal information. Don’t be too worried about Facebook because if you follow theses steps it will always be safe.

Isabelle (Yr 8 )

Posted by: JT | August 11, 2010

The FITT Princple

The FITT principle is an effective guide on how to organise an aerobic or anaerobic training program. This type of cardio respiratory or resistance program offers guidelines to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness for an individual, allowing reckonable improvements in order to enhance performance levels.

The acronym ‘FITT’ refers to different components recognised in a training program in order to increase fitness levels. Frequency is the first component, and it refers to the number of exercise sessions per week that are performed. It has been suggested that an optimal guide for aerobic training is around 3-5 sessions per week to allow your body’s cardio respiratory fitness to increase, as well as maintaining optimal fat levels, and 3-4 times a week for resistance training.

Intensity refers to the amount of effort you put into your training session. For aerobic exercise, the standard heart rate should be around 60-85% of your maximum heart rate, and for anaerobic exercise, the suggested is a percentage of your best pace – for example, in running, 85% of your best 400m pace. In resistance training, this principle is used effectively by either (for example, lifting weights) increasing the repetitions or mass in order to increase strength.

The Type indicates the type or kind of exercise you should choose to achieve the appropriate training response. In cardio respiratory training, the best type of exercise is that of which is continuous in nature to make use of the large muscle groups. Hence, exercises such as running, walking, cycling and dancing are good. Resistance training obviously would include a type of resistance exercise, not only weights but could incorporate exercises involving resistance bands, or perhaps circuit training that only involves bodyweight exercises.

Lastly, the Time relates to the duration of the exercise. For cardio respiratory training, it is recommended that individuals with lower fitness levels should aim for approximately 20-30 minutes of exercise, whilst those with high fitness levels can aim for 45-60 minutes, but beyond 60 minutes, the benefits are generally minimal. Similarly, resistance training should last 45-60 minutes maximum, however, a high intensity work out may only last 20-30 minutes.

The FITT principle is therefore an effective guide in creating a sports-specific fitness program as it includes important elements in order to increase fitness levels, developing higher performance. However, along with these four guidelines, rest is also important to allow the body to rest and adapt to the program.

Tanya 11PDHPE

Posted by: JT | June 23, 2010

Anxiety

Anxiety. You may not think that this sounds like something to make a big fuss about but it is, and it affects over 20% of the world’s population every year. Well, if this is something pretty serious, what is it? Anxiety is a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to function day-day, week-week. It can result with major, unrealistic phobias, social problems and panic attacks in unlikely circumstances. Any one person suffering from this kind of condition can be in a lot of trouble without even knowing what’s hit them.

So, what does anxiety look like. A person suffering from anxiety will often feel distressed for long periods of time and, for no apparent reason. They might often have excessive and unrealistic worries frequently, suffer from intense and irrational phobias, get worried easily and and often have compulsions and obsessions which they can’t seem to control. These, disorders can result in difficulty whilst breathing, muscle tension frequently, sweating or choking as well as feeling faint or shaky.

Well, now you know what it looks like, you probably want to know how it can be prevented. Anxiety unfortunately isn’t really something that can be prevented easily. It is something received maybe from a stressful life or maybe something as simple as your personality. However, anxiety is something that can be treated with the help of a psychiatrist, counsellors or even just changing your life around by living a healthy life free from stress and hardships. You would be amazed by how doing this can reduce your chances of developing anxiety. A healthy lifestyle includes eating the right stuff, having an environment free from stress as well as having good relationships with friends and family.

Well, that’s good to know but what if I, or someone I know is already suffering from this medical condition. How’s life going to fare for them? Well according to statistics anxiety as well as any other medical condition, is not always life threatening. Not always life threatening meaning that 15% of the world’s population will eventually commit suicide as a result of their condition. However, ongoing treatment will reduce these odds.

So, Anxiety, not something that you would want to be suffering from any time soon, however, as you have hopefully seen, there are many people that do suffer from this condition and so you probably should know how to treat them without making anything worse. Well, since anxiety is received from a person having a stressful environment too much the obvious, and most effective method, is to try and make their life as stress-free as possible. Try and make them always feel loved and important as well as always being included in everything.

In summary, anxiety isn’t just a feeling or emotion that people feel everyday but is also a medical condition and can be a very serious thing to have. The main thing is to always be nice and encouraging to people suffering anxiety and maybe you can help make a difference in somebody’s life now.

Mario (8PDHPE)

Posted by: JT | June 23, 2010

Schizophrenia – a mental health disorder

Imagine, hearing something that isn’t there, seeing something that isn’t there, thinking that something is true when no-one else thinks the same, having thoughts all jumbled in your head. This is what it feels like to have a mental illness, particularly Schizophrenia (skits-a-fren-iya). It’s a very weird word Schizophrenia, but it is a real word. As I said before, it’s a mental illness.

Did you know that every year, 20% of adults experience some sort of mental illness. Even though 20% isn’t too big, mental illnesses are very common. But what most people think about mentally-disabled people is very different from the truth. Although that statement may not have changed your mind about thinking mentally-disabled people differently, hopefully this article will tell you more about one of the many different mental illnesses.

So, most people might not know what Schizophrenia is, or they have a wrong idea about it, like the ‘split personality’, the fact is that people with Schizophrenia do not have a ‘split personality’. Aside from this, some symptoms include:

  • Confused thinking – Basically, having jumbled up thoughts that make life confusing.
  • Delusions – Believing in something that is false that no-one, from the same background as the person, believes.
  • Hallucinations – Where someone hears, sees, feels, tastes or smells something that isn’t actually there.

No-one understands how people get Schizophrenia fully, but sometimes stress and taking certain drugs. One in a hundred people get Schizophrenia anytime in their lives. Schizophrenia is commonly developed when in late teens/early twenties. Schizophrenia can be treated with medication and support from the community.

I hope my article has helped you understand a little more about mental illnesses, especially about Schizophrenia.

Chris (8PDHPE)

Posted by: JT | June 23, 2010

Schizophrenia – What’s the deal?

In Australia, around one in five people will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life, including alcohol or other substance abuse disorders. In extreme cases, mental illness can be very serious affecting all areas of a person’s life from employment, to relationships, to everyday functioning.  These statistics make you think that really anyone could suffer from a mental illness. The illness that I will be focusing on is schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects the brain and how it functions.  Three-quarters of persons with schizophrenia develop the disease between 16 and 25 years of age, and not very common in people who are over 40. Schizophrenia is more common in men than woman.

Not much research has gone into this decease meaning they are often forgotten. There is no definite reason of why people get this disease however it is known that the chances are higher to get it if one of your parents has had this decease. Schizophrenia can be treated through medication and support from friends and family.

Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations, thought disorders, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, lack of insight.

While these psychotic symptoms are more alarming, other symptoms reinforce the alienation of people with schizophrenia. They are often unable to participate in normal social events or conversations and lack sufficient motivation for simple activities like bathing or cooking, also, sufferers lack the insight to recognise how their inappropriate behaviour appears to others.

If you need help for schizophrenia, you should firstly go to your doctor and seek medical help also there are numbers of hotlines in which you can call:

– Kids Helpline: 1800  55 1800

– Lifeline: 13 11 14

– Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36

Emmilen (8PDHPE)

Posted by: JT | June 21, 2010

War of the Words – The skeletal System

Test your knowledge of the skeletal system by clicking on the link below to play “War of the Words”.

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