You have been working hard as parents and carers, I am sure, supporting your daughters in every way through a term, or should I say a final year, of steady study and balancing life commitments. All too soon you will have the reward, sense of achievement, and pride in your daughter’s milestone of graduation. Life beyond school is now starting to be tangible as students attend QTAC interviews, receive OP predictions, make choices, and consider pathways to reach their dream courses or jobs.
In such a busy term, it is important for your daughter to realise that she needs to allow herself time for self -care and balance. Encourage her to take personal time out to connect with friends and family, exercise, or spend time outside. Friends and family, at this time, are such important support networks to build positivity, reassurance, and confidence. To support the awareness of self-care, Tania Henry, College Counsellor, will be running a session on managing stress at our next year level meeting before exams.
On the Personal Development front, I have heard from PD teachers that Year 12s have been engaging maturely and positively with the Love Bites program, based on establishing healthy relationships. Please ask your daughter about the discussions and reflections in this pertinent personal development program facilitated by our counsellors.
On 4 and 5 September, many students will sit the QCS Test, for which they are well prepared. We wish the girls success. On these days the non-QCS students are engaged in an alternative ongoing Life Skills Program. On 6 September, all Year 12s will attend our tradition of a Celebration of Learning Breakfast as an opportunity to celebrate and connect as a whole year level cohort. Students in past years have commented on how pleasant this event was just to spend time with one another to celebrate.
The Year 12s celebrated their last Athletics Carnival early in the term with great participation, energy, and spirit. It is these special college events that girls remember well after they have graduated. Another celebration that the Year 12s are looking forward to is their final Cultural Festival. The Cultural Committee has been creatively planning and House Captains have been dynamically leading their houses in rehearsals for whole house dances. Other students are preparing for the role as Sony Camp volunteers in the holidays, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to Outreach.
Life for 12s at the moment seems a mixture of the challenge and focus on study and assignments, the last celebrations, and the excitement of end-of-year graduation in November. The 'graduation' word is floating around often as I walk through the Year 12 area as students count down their days towards adulthood. Recently, all Year 12s were excited to try on sizes for their graduation rings that will be presented at Graduation, and we have started collecting photos from over their years at Mount Alvernia, sparking memories.
Within all of this anticipation, I remind students to stay focused and to keep working hard to improve their results until the very end of their studies, as they are in charge of their futures by the choices they make today. I also remind them to continue to set high standards of presentation and behaviour as role models for younger students who look up to all Year 12s as college leaders.
You will be receiving an email before the end of term outlining important information about QCS, the Transition Program for Personal Development, and graduation events.
I realise how proud you must be of the delightful young woman your daughter has become, and encourage you to contact me with any questions you have about the final months of your daughter’s schooling.