It was uplifting to see that all the Year 9s have come back from their three-week break refreshed and eager to jump into their new electives and the challenges that this semester will bring and, hopefully, continued enthusiasm for learning.
As parent/student/teacher conferences have been completed and semester reports have been received, this is a good time for students to set goals for the term. I often hear from students that they work hard at school or within their personal life, but do not seem to be improving or getting the results they want. The reason for this is that they often have not spent enough time thinking about what they want to achieve. Setting goals gives you short- and long-term vision and motivation. It allows you to focus on your acquisition of knowledge and helps you organise your time and your resources so that you can make the most out of school and life. When setting goals, it is important to ensure that you allow yourself to take risks and challenge yourself. By doing this, and believing in yourself, it can make a difference and lead to success.
“ ... Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.” The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Year 9 has started covering the Love Bites Respectful Relationships Program during Personal Development lessons this term. Girls have been very active in class discussions and eager to learn and develop important life skills, such as collaboration, acceptance of differences, negotiation of different needs, and empathy. This program focuses on healthy and respectful relationships, as well as relationships formed via social media.
As you are aware, last Friday was the Interhouse Athletics Carnival, held at UQ. It was pleasing to see so many enthusiastic Year 9 students attend this event. Girls participated in as many events as they could, or supported their house by cheering them on.
You will soon receive an email regarding information for the Year 9 Camp, which is held in Week 1 of Term 4: 9–12 October.
Holidays are a perfect time for students to wear the extra set of earrings, necklaces, rings and painting their nails in their favourite colours. However, a reminder for our girls that, as they are now back at school, they need to follow Student Procedures. This applies to all accessories that are not permitted to be worn when wearing the College uniform and use of mobile phones. A reminder also that blazers and the College formal hat must continue to be worn when travelling to and from school this term.
Congratulations to Jessica Dixon who recently represented Australia in the AAU Junior Olympics in the U14 Junior Women’s Inline Hockey team, which was held in California, USA. Jessica has consistently worked and trained very hard to achieve this honour. This follows on from her Queensland team selection in the U18 Junior Women’s team.
I would like to wish all students good luck for this term. Remember to live your passion, challenge yourself, set goals, take action, reward yourself, have a positive mindset and most importantly, never give up.