Term 3 marks a real turning point for your daughters for reflecting on the Senior journey so far, with regards to committing six months already in the Elizabeth Hayes School, rising to challenges in studies and skills in the Australian Curriculum in Units 1 and 2, engaging wholeheartedly in college opportunities and events as leaders, shaping into a unified year level identity as senior school students, and growing personally as young adults who are future-directed.
The girls, or should I say young women, are already, in July 2019, excitedly looking forward to thinking about life in 2020 in their final senior year as college leaders as a cohort. The captaincy process began last term for applications for the fourteen leadership positions. College Captain interviews were held this week, while other position interviews and voting will continue this term, culminating in all positions being announced at the Cultural Festival. This is always a future-directed turning point for the whole year level. Sony Camp interviews are also in process for girls genuinely committed to outreach service.
Another future-directed focus is consideration and planning for post-schooling career options. This week’s successful Futures Expo at the College stimulated much thought and, no doubt, at home, discussion and formative decision making about your daughter’s real future.
This week’s Spirituality Retreat, led by the Character Builders, is timely, presenting two days of enjoyable and challenging team experiences to prompt individual reflection about the type of person your daughter is today, and key values in her life that help to shape her decisions and values today as a leader and a person. Students will be encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations with one another to realise the importance of listening to others, respecting difference, being authentic, and learning new ways of building friendships. In these experiences, one goal is for your daughters to realise that we are all part of each other’s journey. The two days also reinforce a more mature understanding of Franciscan values of service to one another and society. This is an important realisation as your daughter embarks on the final one and a half years of her school life, preparing her for the adult world she will be entering.
I will be reminding your daughter that you, as parents, are so invested in this senior journey too and how important it is for her to communicate openly and honestly with you about how she is going and how you can support her. Please contact me at any time if you need so we can work together on these final stages of your precious daughter’s journey.
Reflecting on the past semester, Year 11 students in my classes shared some goals and tips for success: sleep more, eat well, find a life balance, be involved in a sport or interest to enjoy these years, use some of the meditation strategies we have learned, start assignments earlier, ask teachers if you need help, have a plan to revise work weekly, and be better organised. Discuss what your daughter’s tips and goals are so you can work together to achieve her personal best.
What did you take away from the Spirituality Retreat?
What is your dream career or life dream?