As the term gets busier and our student lives become more oriented towards schoolwork and finishing assessment, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed - for senior girls especially, with Year 12s doing the QCS test this week, Year11s going through leadership processes, and both year levels going towards exam block. With students in the younger year levels also busy working on preparations for their assignments and exams, the whole College is feeling the pressure that Term 3 brings.
How do we deal with all of this pressure and find time to blow off steam? It’s been scientifically proven that spending some time being creative, whether that be colouring-in, dancing around, or playing an instrument, can help you calm down and de-stress. So, for those girls who are feeling really under the pump, my suggestion would be to take even just ten minutes for yourself and do something you’re passionate about, be involved with the many clubs the College offers so you always have some time in your week to be creative, and give yourself some time to decompress and do the things you love; it's all about balance.
Visual Arts Captain
Shimea and I are in the process of planning our third, and final, art initiative for this year, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, the Year 12s, including myself, have been busy preparing for our QCS testing for the past two days. Many of us have also completed our QTAC interviews and applications. Of course, whilst this is an immensely busy and important time for us, we can always find time to exercise our art practice. As we near the end of our high school lives, deciding what we want to do when we leave school can be both a stressful and difficult decision to make. Personally, it took me so long to figure out what I want to do and I’m still not sure! There are so many options and pathways now that allow you to always find a way into what you’re looking for.
My biggest piece of advice for any of the girls who are choosing new electives for future school years or choosing university, TAFE, or Certificate courses, is to never limit yourself and always choose what you enjoy. As a creatively minded person, going into creative industry studies, subjects and/or jobs can be hard because there are so many questions about how you make money in a creative industries job or should you pair business with a creative industries degree or subject? Should I do Science or Maths because it will get me into a higher-level degree or get me a higher OP score? However, I have said, and will always say that you will find a way. If you enjoy something enough, you will find a way to make it work in every aspect of your life so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Happiness is more important than achieving high marks, and people tend to find that, when they’re doing something they love, they do better at it and have the potential to pull out incredibly high achievements and academic excellence. I am super excited for what the future holds, and I can’t wait to explore and push my creative knowledge to new boundaries and into new experiences.
Sienna van Venetien
Term 3 has been extremely busy for the FCIP. The term began with the Senior Music Camp at Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre. This camp inspired and motivated the students to practise their instruments leading up to the big competition - the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Musical Festivals (QCMF). The FCIP competed against 77 other Queensland Catholic schools from the 16th to the 19th of August and overall accomplished outstanding results. The adjudicators were tough but the FCIP received an influx of gold and silver awards - very successful results. The FCIP teachers and leadership team, including myself, are extremely proud of the students and are thrilled that their hard work has paid off.
For the senior ensembles, the next performance will be at various primary schools. For the younger ensembles, it will be at the end of year showcase. Keep up the good work!
Erin Tweddell and Georgia Spanevello
The choirs recently performed in the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival. The combined choir achieved a gold award and silver was awarded to the Performance Chorale and Showcase. I am so incredibly proud of these girls for working so hard, and for making the night great with their positive attitudes and commitment to the choir.
Looking to the future I have an exciting initiative to announce - a combined choir with the Paduan Assisi Vocal Ensemble and Mount Alvernian Voices for the upcoming Choral Showcase Night and our debut Carols by Candlelight. This choir will meet every Friday between 4:00 and 4:30pm. I am very excited to see how this turns out.