Semester 1 ends by celebrating success and achievement of our Year 11 cohort.
The College can certainly celebrate how Year 11s as a group have approached the Australian Curriculum in a focussed way on their journey of academic and personal growth in Elizabeth Hayes School.
This week, I received many nominations for 2020 captain positions. By the end of term, nominees will submit evidence to support their initial nomination to Ms Butterworth (Acting Principal) of their own commitment and engagement to wide aspects of college life in the Raising the Bar Leadership Program. Their enthusiasm, pride, and commitment deserves celebrating. In fact, the cohort is demonstrating leadership in so many ways that we acknowledge and celebrate.
In our year level meeting today we celebrated as a cohort the enthusiastic committees of girls who are demonstrating leadership and initiative in the Outreach Below the Line Day to raise awareness of poverty, Peer Support initiatives, Z Club, and anti-bullying groups. In college cultural life, a team of Year 11 captains is leading the way in running regular Junior Drama Club, Theatresports, and Drama X groups, while others lead as role models in Art club, FCIP choir, and sport.
I decided to ask teachers their feedback on aspects to celebrate:
Mr Joshua White on returning from Interschool CAASA competitions applauded the Year 11s as showing excellent leadership and participation in sports.
Mrs Amanda Bopf (Learning Area Advisor Humanities) celebrated that the Year 11s were trailblazers and pioneers of the new system who have forged ahead positively with their studies.
So I asked the students what merited celebration and interestingly the comments were focussed on curriculum and their growth as a cohort:
We are the trailblazers of ATAR.
We celebrate how well we transitioned to Senior School.
We are halfway through Year 11. So weird!
Finishing Unit 1. Sarah Galvin, and Starting Unit 2.
We are united and all came together as one. Because the work is harder we support each other more, like in study groups. We can have a genuine conversation with anyone. Each girl has grown as a person and together we have grown as a cohort.
Amy Turner, Olivia Searle, Chantelle McEvoy, Charlotte Andrew,
Maddie Ellis, Chloe Winstanley, Jaide Boccalatte, Bianca Duncan.
Congratulations, girls, as you develop into young women who are in control of making informed decisions, giving your best efforts, and taking control of changing strategies to achieve success. You have deserved a holiday, so refresh, re-energise, and be ready for the next part of your senior journey. Return to Term 3 ready to take part wholeheartedly in the next phase of your learning, contributions as leaders across college initiatives and events, the Athletics Carnival in Week 1, and the Cultural Festival at the end of term.
What strategies have you employed to be an independent learner?
In what ways do you feel you have grown?
How involved are you in college life and how could you show your leadership?
How can I as a parent help you to achieve your very best?