Year 9 Newsletter | End of 2021 Report

In Pastoral Care this year, Year 9s have been considering a variety of different topics which have ranged from online safety, to what makes a good community, and the importance of humour.

We have learnt that being a part of a community makes us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves.  It gives us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, to make us feel safe and secure.  A true community is about being connected and responsible for what happens.  We also explored a variety of different communities, such as Hong Kong communities, Australian communities, Immigrant communities, and experimental communities.

The importance of humour to a healthy mind and body was also considered. We spent time learning how humour helps us cope with difficult situations. How humour helps us connect with other people and to see things from new perspectives.  And the importance of planning enjoyable and pleasant events into our schedules.

With the challenge of navigating our way through a multitude of assessments in Term 4, we considered the perils of procrastination and strategies that we could implement to overcome it.  Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past their deadline.  Some of the interesting strategies that we considered were:

Start, and start small: First, look at the list of tasks that you need to complete, such as studying for an exam, emailing a teacher, or doing corrections on an assignment. Pick one task that you ranked as high priority and try to break it into smaller tasks.

Work with a partner: Accountability is crucial. Work with a family member, friend or classmate, and help each other. Check in with your partner each day or at least once a week with a phone call, text or email. Plan your days and weeks, talk about priorities, and review how things are going. A partner can be a motivator and offer support if you start feeling discouraged.

Ian Nelson | Head of Year 9, 2021