Senior School News - 30 May 2018

Senior School News - 30 May 2018

Senior School News – 30 May 2018

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It was good to see many Senior School girls and their mothers at The Mother Daughter Luncheon on Saturday at Palazzo Versace. Once again the highlight of the event was the Fashion Parade. The girls looked glamorous in outfits by Pacific Fair and looked so comfortable and relaxed as they walked down the runway! A number of the Senior Prefects were the emcees for the event and spoke eloquently. It was wonderful to hear from Alex Taylor (Class of 2002), currently the National Trade Marketing Manager for 20th Century Fox. Alex was previously a Production Coordinator on National and International productions around Australia including: H2O: Just add water, and Deadpool, The Greatest Showman and Pirates of the Caribbean – a job bucket list item ticked off! We also heard from Rebekah O’Sullivan, Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Immigration lawyer. Rebekah’s career in theatre commenced in Australia and London before she became a lawyer representing Chris Hemsworth and many others. Both women spoke to the girls about making the most of every opportunity that comes your way and working in an industry you enjoy.

Congratulations to Charlotte Frampton who entered a QTAC design competition earlier this year and in April 2018 won second prize, which means they will be using her design in their QTAC marketing throughout Queensland this year. Her entry is below. The theme for the competition was “A Future of Unimagined Possibilities”.

One of our core messages this year for the Senior School is about student wellbeing, being present, and being in the moment. I have spoken previously about mindfulness and shared the TED talk by Andy Puddicombe who clearly explains what mindfulness is. At Senior School Assembly on Thursday, student well-being was again the focal point and this time Resilience was the focus. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things go awry, an attribute that can be increased over time. A helpful strategy towards resilience is to be in good health: sleeping well, eating well and exercising. Teenagers require at least 8 hours of good sleep and having a routine prior to bed aids in the process. Being organised is another helpful strategy: starting assignments early, attending tutorials, and ensuring that drafts submitted for feedback are near completion in order to maximize on feedback given.

Test block commences for Years 11 & 12 students on Monday 4 June and Year 10 students on Tuesday June 5 until Friday June 8. All parents and students have been sent information regarding Test Block. All the girls are busy studying and should have their study schedule well and truly underway. The majority of tests are being held in the MPC, others are located in classrooms throughout the campus. It is your daughter’s responsibility to know the time and venue of her test. Students should be outside the test room 10 – 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the test.

Tutorials are available in most subjects and teachers are also available to speak with students at recess and lunchtime if clashes in activities prevent girls from attending rostered tutorials. The tutorial roster can be found on the Senior School page of the website.

Teachers will be commencing Semester 2 work in the last 2 weeks of this term. It is an expectation that all students remain at school until 3:25pm on June 21. Consequently, if there are any students in Year 11 who wish to change subjects, they should come to the Senior School Centre and speak with me about starting the process. The deadline for making subject changes for Semester 2 is June 21, last day of this term.

Caroline Brodar
Head of Senior School

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace