Welcome to Senior Schooling in the Elizabeth Hayes School. It gives me great pleasure to be your daughter’s Pastoral Guardian over the next two years of her education.
Your daughter has reached an important turning point in her education as a Year 11 student, as she looks towards the final two years of schooling. It is a time for your daughter to make informed decisions about her subjects, and to prioritise commitments to ensure a balance of healthy lifestyle and study to achieve the very best she can to enable her to reach her dreamed-about future. On this part of their journey, just like us as adults - parents and educators, - every one of these young women has had to set short- and long-term goals, prioritise, change directions, re-focus, and reflect on the best way to achieve these goals. In the process we grow.
Much is written to attest that setting personal goals and working hard to achieve your individual goals gives you the power to transform your life. Successfully achieving goals is about believing in yourself and being supported along the way by significant others who believe in you and encourage you. I have no doubt that you have been engaged full time over your daughter’s education doing just that for her to have reached this stage of her education and blossomed into an amazing young woman.
In the Year 11 Personal Development Program, the theme for Term 1 is Success in Senior Schooling - academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Students engage in activities that focus on setting and reviewing goals, time management, stress management and prevention, proactive health and a balanced lifestyle, managing procrastination, and developing study skills strategies. We discuss with students the importance of communicating their goals to significant others and asking for advice or seeking a mentor.
In Elizabeth Hayes Skills (ESK) lessons, students will engage in study skills strategies and an academic mentoring program to enhance their development. This week in ESK, students have viewed a video on study tips and being organised for senior studies, starting with the home study environment and creating an effective workspace. There are sections in these resources as well for parents, with hints on supporting the study habits of your child. Please ask your daughter to show you the study skills handbook link on the iCentre page.
Home Room teachers are also engaged as mentors in supporting all students in setting realistic and achievable academic and wellbeing goals. Honestly and regularly reflecting on your own progress with the support of mentors is an important step in raising the bar. So active goal setting will be taking place at many different levels.
At regular intervals, your daughter will be able to acknowledge and celebrate her successes that will have been achievable by hard work, dedication, time management, and careful goal setting. I am impressed with the positive way that Year 11s have embraced being in Senior School. They have been excellent Big Sister Mentors, especially supporting their Little Sisters in this week’s Year 11/7 Mentor/Mentee afternoon, and in Home Rooms. I was also pleased to meet many Year 11s who came to see me about the Raise the Bar Leadership Program, because this is the year when they can apply for college leadership positions.
I asked Year 11s what it was like being in senior school:
Year 11 has enabled me to step up and become more independent and confident in my ability to be a good role model.
Year 11 has shown me how much my education is my responsibility and has enabled me to become more independent.
Teachers are treating us like we’re more mature and we are forming stronger bonds with them.
I love that I can choose my classes that I enjoy and that my classes help me with my future.
We are able to prepare for our futures beyond school.
I look forward to meeting you at the Year 11 Information Evening on Wednesday 13 February at 7.00pm.
(prompted by our ESK, PD and mentor programs)
What are your personal and academic goals?
What do you think you need to succeed in Senior?
How can I support you in creating an effective workspace and study habits?
How do you feel about your role as Big Sister Mentor? How is this helping you?