Welcome to Term 4.
I trust you have managed to find some time for rest and relaxation prior to our final term.
Over the break our Year 12 students have been making final preparations for their final examinations – which begin in a few short weeks.
Given Term 4 is one of the busiest times of the year, and this can be a stressful time for students [and parents] approaching examinations and assessment, I thought it timely that we be reminded of the importance of maintaining a healthy perspective on how we use our time and avoid creating unnecessary worry and stress.
We all approach our future in different ways. Some of us think well into the future and can easily ‘overthink’ things to the point of getting stressed, or even overwhelmed.
Others avoid thinking about the future and dwell in the present, living each moment to the full, while the rest of us fall somewhere in between. So – which is the right approach?
Sadly there are no right and wrong answers, but it is important to acknowledge that, as with most things, a healthy balance is important. We need a balance between having a long-term plan or a target [e.g. successfully completing Year 12, getting a job or learning a new skill] and focussing on what we can accomplish today [e.g. completing an assignment or apologising to a friend for something we have said].
As our Senior students enter this time it is important that we are reminded about this balance and [even] enjoy the tension it offers – the excitement of attaining goals and planning the future with the importance of making the most of each day by living it to the full.
Importantly, we are only promised today; there is no guarantee of tomorrow. Give today your undivided attention and make it count.
Wellbeing and Community Development
The Investigator College Grad Trip
The College has for some time been concerned with the traditional ‘Schoolies’ celebrations at the end of each academic year. In particular the lack of alternatives for local students.
Mr Andrew Panozzo is exploring the idea of a ‘Grad Trip’ for graduating students at the end of 2018 and will hold an Information Session for students [and parents if available] in the Senior School at 9:00am on Monday 30 October.
College Board Announcement
It is with sadness that the College Board announces the resignation of Mr David Basham from the Board. Many will be aware of Mr Basham’s recent success in winning Liberal preselection for the seat of Finniss. Obviously continuing to serve on the College Board is demanding of Mr Basham’s time and could represent a potential conflict of interest in his new role.
The College Board wishes to acknowledge Mr Basham’s outstanding contribution to the governance of the College over many years – most recently as Treasurer. He will be greatly missed.
Also Mrs Rachel Elliott has recently been elected to the office of [Acting] Chairperson of the College Board following Dr Sandercock’s wish to stand down from the Chair but remain on the Board. I ask that you continue to pray for the members of the Board and especially Mrs Elliott as she settles into this important position within the College community.