GO Team Video ConferenceA message from Shirley

SOCIAL DISTANCING

The week that was…

On behalf of Adam, Mick and everyone at GO, I hope that you are doing okay as we all learn to live with Coronavirus.

The GO team have now worked from home for almost 2 weeks now and, like you, we are all trying hard to make the best of the situation. We are using video conferencing, phone calls and email to stay in touch and I think some days we see each other more than we used to when we were out and about at meetings! The hardest thing is making sure that we get up from our desks and get some exercise everyday!

In this edition of GO-Q, Alex has put together some great tips on studying from home, information on the virus itself (with a place to go to answer your questions) and some info on support you might be able to access as we go through this.

We are trying to reach all our students to make sure that you and your families are doing ok. Please text, call or email – we would love to hear from you. If you have a message or video you would like us to include in GO-Q, send it through.  We would love to include your message in future issues and most importantly, we would love to hear from you!

Stay well, GO Scholars. Until next week.

S


Studying from home

Staying home during the COVID-19 is a learning curve for everyone. Without a bus or train to catch, or school rollcall to be ahead of, it’s challenging for most of us to get up and at it in the morning. So, here are a few simple ways to manage a day without bells and timetables.

1. Goals for your Day: What do you have to do today? Write it all down. It might be study, exercise, meal breaks, connecting with friends. Then from your list, write a few achievable study goals. Where do you plan to be at the end of the day with each subject? Be realistic here. You know what you’re capable of!

2. Plan: What are you going to tackle first? Write yourself a little timetable. Celine in the office always does her hardest job first thing in the day.  She calls it ‘eating her frog’ (well, she is from France).  Make sure you include study breaks, screen free time, and lunch!

3. Motivation and Guidance: Make sure you reach out to those who can give you the incentive and tools to reach your daily goals.  Whether it’s your school study group, your teachers, your parents, or the online tutors at Studiosity, it’s important that you ask the questions you need to ask.  At GO, we’re here for you too!  So, call, text or message. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll know where to find it.

4. Reflect: At the end of the day, reflect on what went well, and what was a challenge.  And relax. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Tomorrow is a brand-new day.


A word about Studiosity Online Study Help

By now, all GO Scholars should have received an email with their log in for the online study hub, Studiosity.

In case you missed it in last week’s newsletter, the online tutoring company Studiosity and GO have formed a partnership, and their study help will now be available for every one of our GO Scholars in high school and university.

Studiosity has specialists in all subjects waiting on-line to help you with your study questions. Their experts cover all subjects and are available 24/7. On the Studiosity website you can now set up your own account on the GO Foundation portal.

GO Alumni Brittany uses Studiosity, and this is what she says:

“I’ve used Studiosity throughout my degree and love it! It will be very valuable for the rest of the students particularly those in school and starting uni because it’s been my lifesaver when assignment time comes around.”


Kids Helpline is available 24/7 and can answer your questions about ‘the Rona’

COVID-19 is happening really fast, and change is happening every day. It’s natural to be worried about it. Kids Helpline has a special COVID-19 information page, which is a great resource. You can find it here.

The page has lots of information and answers to questions young people have asked about the coronavirus. There’s also a section on how to take great care of yourself while we’re all cooped up.

If you need someone to talk to in confidence, Kids Helpline is free, and available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The motto is ‘Anytime. Any Reason’. It’s a safe space and anyone between 5 and 25 can contact them by phone or WebChat about anything at all.

The phone number is 1800 551 800 and Kids Helpline website is here.


What’s new on the GO website

If it’s been a while since you looked at the GO website, this is a chance to catch up. The Blog page has two new uploads. There’s an interview with GO Ambassador Brooke Boney about her road to becoming a reporter, and an article by GO Alumni Lua Pellegrini. Lua has been part of the GO Family since GO started awarding scholarships.


COVID-19 Financial Help for those on ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)

The Government has announced special coronavirus financial assistance for a number of Australians. They include special payments for those receiving ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), which is the living allowance for Indigenous students who need to live away from home to attend school and further education.

The information about the COVID -19 special assistance can be found here.

In a nutshell:

  • For students receiving ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), a one off $750 will paid on 31stMarch. This will be paid to you automatically.
  • In addition, those receiving ABSTUDY (Living Allowance) are entitled to an extra $550 a fortnight for six months from 27 April 2020. You will receive your usual payment plus $550 each fortnight for six months. This will also be paid to you automatically (from 27th April).

A note about ABSTUDY

ABSTUDY is for Indigenous Australians who are studying or undertaking an apprenticeship. The rate of payment you may be eligible for depends upon your age, whether or not you live at home and if you have dependent children. You can find out more here.