Posted on: Thursday 21 June 2018
Posted in: Middle School
With Semester 1 nearing completion, it makes you realise how quickly a school year can fly by. It does not seem so long ago that we welcomed Year 7 students into the Middle School; the girls have very quickly become part of our community, fully immersing themselves in activities with enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. This week Year 8 attended an information session regarding the 2019 subject selection process, with a number of staff providing information about the electives on offer. Students can access additional information about the electives from the Subject Selection Booklet on Blackboard. Parents can also access this information from the website. The end of term has also been a time of high activity with girls involved in a number of learning opportunities. The iOS Film Festival challenged Year 9 students to work together in teams using film making to enhance their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities, as well as building self-discipline, collaboration skills and the confidence to express themselves.
We are more connected than ever before through our smartphones, the internet, instant messaging and social media. With the increase in ‘connection’, however, has come a parallel increase in ‘disconnection’. With the term’s theme of ConX in mind, students from 9J organised activities that encouraged girls to put down their phones and spend time together talking and having fun. These activities included, a bake sale, a ‘Spill the Tea’ chat session and a lunch time Just Dance gathering. They raised over $200 in support of the Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth who aim to support young people in crisis and in need of immediate accommodation. By providing learning experiences that challenge the girls to reach out to others, we hope to foster the development of confident, considerate and compassionate young women.
As well as the many positive outcomes students have experienced this semester, there have also been some challenges along the way such as time management, organisation, friendship issues, sporting endeavours, or the more general task of managing busy schedules. Many students have utilised support networks at school to assist during these times, while others continue to strive for the right balance between the conflicting demands on their time. It is important for the girls to realise that challenges will always be present, but with the right attitude and willingness to approach situations with a positive mindset, they will be able to overcome difficulties and realise their aspirations.
Experience would suggest that students cannot achieve their best academic result without employing their best effort. It is important that the girls realize that making an effort and working hard are valued and contribute to their overall success. Psychologist, Carol Dweck, refers to the relationship between effort and achievement and advocates, “No matter what you ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into an accomplishment”.
Parents will be able to access their daughter’s Progressive Report through Parent Lounge, at the conclusion of the semester. I ask that students read the report, take heed of the feedback and spend time reflecting on this information over the holidays. It is an ideal opportunity to discuss this progress as a family and to collectively work on strategies to support improvement and change. Students need to take responsibility and ownership of their learning journey. They need to identify what changes they need to implement to make a difference such as reviewing their regular study timetable, utilising the after school tutorials on offer or evaluating their learning routine at home.
With the winter season well under way, it is an important reminder for our students to take care of themselves. Teenagers need plenty of sleep, a balanced diet and physical activity; the holiday break is an ideal time for the girls to rest and re-energise. I wish everyone a well-deserved break and look forward to seeing the girls upon their return for another busy, productive term.
Mrs Susan Sanburg
Head of Middle School