“If you’ve only one breath left, use it to say thank you”
– Pam Brown
One of the challenges that schools and parents face is how to keep motivation high for adolescents when their world is changing at a rapid pace. ACER’s Teacher magazine has posted a recent article by Andrew Martin, Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and registered psychologist Dr Jasmine Green on two strategies which recent research indicates may help parents – and schools – to motivate their teenage students: Personal best (PB) goal-setting (creating a personalised standard of excellence and a specific road map for how to achieve it); and valued action (pursuing goals that are considered meaningful and connected to one’s values).
According to Martin and Green, questions that can help a student engage in values-based reflections to set PB goals include:
- What is learning for? What do I want my school life to stand for?
- Deep down inside, what is really important to me?
- What will a good Year 12 result really enable me to do that is truly meaningful in my life?
- What kind of person do I want to be?
- What do I care about?
The full article can be found via the following link:
A big thank you to all parents who have volunteered to help with KICFEST on Saturday. The KICFEST committee have done an amazing job and I am sure the day will be a huge success. See you all on Saturday!
Parent Development Board Elections
We have extended the deadline for nominations to the Parent Development Board (PDB) until Thursday, March 23. I encourage all parents to consider joining the PDB for what is a maximum commitment of two meetings a term. Full nomination details can be found on KICONLINE under the community/Parent Development Boards tab.
It was wonderful to see so many families supporting our girls at the Head of the River Regatta on the Barwon River on the weekend. Our rowers did a superb job with many posting personal best times thanks to the outstanding commitment and support from our Head Coach, Anita Whitehouse, and her team of dedicated coaches. Full results appear further down in enews.