Posted on April 24, 2018 / Senior College
Welcome back to Term 2. During the holidays I hope students and families had a chance to relax and reflect on their Term 1 and are ready for the term ahead. I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with eight students through the High Country on a Duke of Edinburgh ‘Adventurous Journey’. Over four days I enjoyed the company of the Year 10 -12 students and my colleagues, the challenges of hiking in the wilderness and living a simplistic life and I certainly felt re-charged and ready for the term ahead.
I think it is important for our students that we help them to maintain balance and perspective. We need to encourage them to take time to enjoy their experiences, connect with themselves, with nature and with others. I often tell students, particularly those in their final year, that we are running a marathon, not a sprint. In order to finish the marathon we need to pace ourselves, check-in with how we’re feeling, fuel ourselves well, rest when needed and take care of our minds and bodies. For many, Term 2 will provide challenges and stresses, particularly in the lead up to mid-year examinations and assessments. Our subject teachers and pastoral staff will be working with students to prepare and manage themselves throughout this time in order to achieve their full potential. I encourage parents to communicate with the school (Mentors, Teachers and Year Level Coordinators) if there are any issues or concerns regarding students so that we can become aware of these as early as possible and work with students to support them as best we can.
Students have been very active in the short few days since returning on last week. The enthusiasm shown by all students on our first day back at the House Athletics was fantastic! The energy has been high since as students have begun House Music rehearsals and have settled back into academic classes.
It was my great pleasure to attend the Maroondah Youth Awards last Thursday as Clarisse Liew (Year 10), Angus Bicknell, Molly Fleming, Jocelyn Ch’ng, Eliza Allen, Jameson Wong and Ella Watt (Year 11), Tiana McAsey and Louise Smith (Class of 2017), were presented with Awards for their contributions and achievements, personally and within our community. The Award categories were Creativity, Personal Journey, Creativity, Leadership and Group Achievement.
Congratulations to all recipients! If you would like to read more about the awards and our student recipients, please visit http://www.maroondahyouth.com.au/Programs-for-Young-People/Celebrating-young-people-Maroondah-Youth-Awards
I look forward to seeing families at our upcoming events throughout the term. Some significant events that I would like to remind parents of coming up in Term 2:
- Tintern Grammar Horse Trials, Wandin Park, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April
- IB Information Night, Monday 7 May
- Careers Night, Thursday 17 May
- Our annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 20 May. I look forward to seeing Senior College students and families at this event and remind students that it is an expectation that they attend the Cathedral Service.
- Pathways Evening (Year 10), Wednesday 13 June