Game: Pandemic – The Cure

Game: Pandemic – The Cure (Blog by Gaming Unplugged members)

For 2 – 5 players

Ages 8+

Time to play game: 30 minutes

Four deadly diseases threaten to infect the world! Players must work together to prevent disease outbreaks while finding their cures. You’ll need more than luck to save the day. Can you save humanity?

The aim of the game is to save the world from 4 diseases, that are represented by 4 different coloured dice (black, yellow, blue and red). 6 regions are slowly taken over by diseases. If there are too many of one disease, then it will cause an outbreak which will spread to neighbouring regions. This might then also cause a chain reaction of outbreaks that spread from region to region and soon cover the globe with the dangerous diseases that you are trying to fight.

Gaming Unplugged Members scores of Pandemic: The Cure 

Liam K = 8.5/10

Liam L  = 9/10

Ewan = 10/10

Hamish = 10/10

Homework apps – Find the one that works for you!

Using Apps to stay organised at school:

Homework, assignments, tests and exams. It can all get a bit overwhelming at times, especially towards theend of term.

Here at Unity Studios, we know that our students work hard keeping track of everything throughout the year and we have many different tools to assist you with this. Using one of the apps below is just another option available, which may be more suited to some students or helpful to use in conjunction with existing tools.

  1. The Homework App

  2. myHomework Student Planner

  3. Class Timetable

  4. My Study Life

All four apps are simple to use and can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play store. You can buy an upgrade for each, which gives you access to features such as notifications and the ability to attach a photo to a task. I like this feature, as how many times are we rushing around trying to find the assignment before we can even start.

I have downloaded each app on my phone and had a quick play around. myHomework Student Planner seems great for younger students that just need help recording their timetable and assignments. My Study Life may be more helpful for Senior students as it has greater features and customisation. Everyone has their own way of keeping track of things, so the 4 apps are a good selection of what is available and it is just a matter of working out which one suits you best.

Happy organising!

Marnie Latz

Lead Mentor: Mathematics  at Unity Studios   


The Homework App: (Available on iPhone and iPad only)

  • This is a popular basic option for younger students
  • Upgrade available for Boost Subscription for $8.99USD per year
  • The upgrade allows you to attach photos of your assignment (or anything else) to the task
  • On the front screen all logged tasks are listed and the number of days till they are due
  • You can then click on each task to see the detail



MyHomework Student Planner: (Available on iPhone, iPad and Andriod)

  • This is simple to use like The Homework App but has more customisation options
  • Upgrade to a premium myHomework account for $4.99USD per year
  • The upgrade also allows you to attach photos of your assignment to the task
  • You can enter your timetable – and it accommodates timetables with alternating weeks A and B
  • You can filter homework by class, priority and type


Class Timetable: (Available on iPhone, iPad and Android)

  • This one is very simplistic and is focussed on your timetable, listing it by day. It can record timetable weeks A. B, C and D
  • Upgrade to the ‘pro’ version for $1.99USD per year
  • The upgrade allows timetable export, task reminders and class notifications
  • There is a task screen that simply puts them in order of due date
  • You can then click on each task to see the detail



My Study Life: (Available on iPhone and Android)

  • This has more features than the others but still simple to use. Perhaps more suited to Senior students
  • The dashboard view gives you an overview of your day – classes, exams and incomplete tasks that are due soon.
  • You design how the dashboard looks






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Thriving in your HSC year

The HSC can bring up a lot of negativity; stress and anxiety.

As a teacher of HSC students, you have high hopes that your students achieve their potential.

As a mother of a HSC student this year, I’ve learnt that the stakes are even higher, but at what cost?

I have always wanted my students and own children to reach their full potential. This is only natural, however, a saying I have had on my fridge comes to mind right now….  “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”

In the spirit of that quote, I write this post to share with students and their families.

The following tips I have compiled from my own experience as a teacher and mother, and following a workshop I recently attended at the Western Sydney Careers Expo conducted by Inspiration Education. I hope it is of help to other families out there!


Remember some stress is good, it creates forward momentum. 

The key to thriving, is in managing your stress and emotional states.

So how can we do this and why should we do this?

Ever heard of fight or flight? When we are stressed, and in high pressure situations, our brain can shut down. The parts of our brain capable of the critical thinking necessary for sitting a HSC exam can go down with it. 

It is imperative that a student sitting the HSC have strategies and plans in place to look after themselves and set themselves up to feel on top of things. 

I have a feeling students sometimes think that teachers and parents are pushing them so hard to study to know the content, and this is in part true. I truly believe though, that the push comes from the desire for the student to be on top of the content, not just to know the content but more importantly the FEEL on top of the content.

The presenter of the Seminar,  “Stress – free HSC: top tips for students and parents”, shared the following at the Careers Expo as a way of approaching the HSC. I thought it was an excellent, well thought out approach.

COG’s – acronym for Calm, Organised, Goals 

CALM– calm active leisure meals

Ideas for remaining calm are –

  • relaxation
  • meditation
  • destress with music
  • valuing sleep
  • reducing stimulation prior to sleep

Be active by engaging in regular exercise, sport or activity increase heart rate

Have some leisure time. Remember to maintain a balance and that the HSC year is not a sprint marathon, and requires a measured approach. Maintaining social connection is also vital to balancing and thriving in your HSC year!

Meals– Eat good food regularly and limit sugar/caffeine

Organised– Add essential blocks in your schedule like work, housework and leisure activities then add blocks of study. The idea is to be realistic about what you need to schedule and how much time you actually need to balance your schedule to get what you need done and feel on top of your workload in a calm manner. 

Have a Study Plan and do school work in the following order – 

  • homework due next day
  • homework due another time
  • assessment tasks
  • other study like writing notes, learning notes, doing practice exam questions 

Don’t procrastinate, start your homework, assessment tasks, exam prep. etc. earlier 

Set up a good place to study!

  • quiet
  • comfortable temperature
  • good ventilation and lighting
  • adequate desk space or table space
  • free from distractions like TV, telephone, siblings (computers, phones, iPods can be HUGE distractions) 

Organisation– check you have the correct equipment for your examination, check BOSTES regulations and  be prepared. 


If you are looking at the big picture it can be scary and cause procrastination. It can cause you to overcommit yourself and become unbalanced in your approach. Procrastination can lead to a lack of organisation and preparation or indecision over what to do and how to do it. This could lead to results being less than your potential, this in turn brings in uncertainty. 

It is imperative you break EVERYTHING down into manageable steps.

Organise your steps so that you can achieve what you need to in the short term. 

Know about the levels of learning and where you’re at in regards to your learning so you can prioritise what’s important

The Levels of Learning


Unconscious incompetence 


Conscious incompetence 


Conscious competence 


Unconscious competence   


If you schedule “just 5 mins”, you will end up on a roll, generally spend longer than you originally planned and achieve much more than you thought. 

Pick your prime time/ prime place and schedule your study for then. 

Plan rewards e.g. 40 mins study then some down time

Plan then Do it!

This will give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction. 


Goals are gold!

Good short and long term goals keep you motivated about what it is you want to achieve.

They provide clarity and drive us forward. They give you a laser focus and make you accountable. 

For parents of HSC the advice is to take a team approach. 

To remember learning is an emotional experience and that we need to integrate what we know about being emotionally supportive and knowing where they are at. 

Studies show that 65% of the stress HSC students are under comes from the direct result of fearing letting down their parents and teachers

We need to be on the lookout for signs of high levels of stress that perhaps without obvious indicators. 

The only way to be sure to know if the stress is taking a toll is staying connected and taking an interest.  

Effective communication is essential!

Be supporting and encouraging, highlighting strengths and successes and not dwelling on failure.

Avoid unnecessary confrontation and nagging. 

Encourage confidence by giving reassurance and keeping any doubts to yourself. 

Help them to keep perspective and say often, “Just do the best you can”. 

Help them to maintain a balance  and lastly, give hugs!

Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child. ~ Thomas P. Johnson

Additional reading/helpful sites and resources for study 


BOSTES guide for Year 11 and 12

Boredofstudies Study/Exam tips


HSC study guide SMH


New year, new teacher…

Hot tips for fostering a good relationship with your child’s new teacher.

Whether your child is new to school, transitioning from one stage to another, or just moving up a year, they will have new teacher/s to contend with.. and so will you.

Here are my hot tips:

  1. DO meet the teacher/s briefly if your schedule allows for it and introduce yourself (don’t take too much time, as there are many parents wanting to do the same).
  2. DO voice any apprehension/concern you have about the transition.
  3. DO trust that the majority of teachers know what they are doing, but don’t be afraid to question them respectfully if you don’t agree with their methods for your child. Be mindful of how you bring up your concern to the teacher. Most teachers feel a lot of pressure from families and the school to deliver quality education. They are often stressed, tired and have many priorities to juggle.
  4. DO pass on any information you feel is relevant to effectively teach your child, especially if you know this information was not passed to your child’s new teacher by their past teacher.
  5. DO give your child space to change and adapt to their new environment. Some students will shine under new circumstances. There’s nothing quite like a clean slate!
  6. DO ask your child questions about their new teacher, classroom, activities and classmates. DO observe your child’s body language and how they speak about their new teacher and class. Do voice your concern to the teacher, if you are worried about your child’s transition.
  7. DO give your child time to settle in and then ask the teacher how you can both work together to help your child reach their full potential.
  8. DO leave a message at the office for your child’s teacher to call you if you aren’t able to make it to school for drop off or pick up.
  9. DO keep the lines of communication open.

Best Wishes,
Cassandra Jensen
Director of Unity Studios


If you are concerned about your child and would like to book a consultation with Cassandra from Unity Studios, give her a call on 0466580175.

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie J.T. Stepanek

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