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YEAR 8 GEOGRAPHY

On Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March, Year 8 Geography students conducted fieldwork on the southern metropolitan coastline. The students have been working to develop their understanding of coastal change and learning to collect fieldwork data. They made observations of the coastal environment and conducted a survey to help them judge how safe, enjoyable and accessible they believe the coast between Kingston Park and Brighton is.

Miss Catherine Pearce, Head of Department – Humanities

YEAR 9 ART

Year 9 Art students have been busy printmaking, inspired by artist Sally Morgan. The title of the work is ‘My Place’. See below some of the work by our talented art students.

Ms Leanne Michalik, Art/Design Teacher – Secondary

BREAKFAST CLUB

Thank you to the many volunteers in Year 12 who have assisted with Breakfast Club in Term 1.  We have had, at times, over ten Year 12 student volunteers willing to serve breakfast in the LEC Hospitality room to younger students from 8:15am until 8:45am on Wednesday mornings.

Students throughout the year will be offered toast, yoghurt, pancakes, milo and juices. This initiative supports our Mission and Vision as a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition. We are able to ‘enhance individual experiences of a Catholic and Lasallian community through both service and faith initiatives’. It is evident that this initiative also fits in with our ‘Strategic Directions 2019 and Beyond’ in being able to ‘foster an inclusive and respectful environment that supports staff and students to flourish’. We are confident that we provided breakfast for over 150 students and this will continue every Wednesday for the remainder of the year.

Thank you also to the many staff who give up their time to support this amazing initiative, we know from our research and the surveying of students, that 1 in 12 do not have breakfast.  At times we are serving between 150-200 students which is fantastic, ensuring they are starting the day full of energy. This week was a special week as it was Holy Week and as a treat there were also a range of Hot Cross Buns for students.

Mr Matthew Williams, Deputy Principal Pastoral – Secondary

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 10: Gratitude

In my imagination, when I think of the ancient Greeks, I picture a group of wise elders gathered beneath shady plane trees in a gentle breeze debating the meaning of life, with deliberate and intense thought and discussion. Whilst this picture may be completely idealised, the notion of what makes people happy has been the focus of discussion for centuries, and the ancient Greeks were up there, together with the Romans and many other cultures who sought to define the secret to happiness. Are we any different today? The word gratitude originates from the Latin word gratia, which can mean grace, graciousness, or gratefulness as determined by the context. There is a plethora of contemporary research around gratitude that began many years ago.

We are grateful when we stop and notice the things that we might take for granted, like having a home to live in, food, clean water, friends, family, even internet access! We can reflect on our blessings when something good happens, whether it’s something small or significant.

Gratitude helps us to be kinder, more generous and more humble. In some ways, like kindness, it’s a protector- it’s hard to be negative when we view life through the lens of gratitude. It can help shift our thinking away from negative emotions such as resentment or envy, which don’t help our wellbeing, or our relationships. This affirms the ideas of Cicero (106-43 BCE), “gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues but also the parent of all the others”.

There are many researchers who have studied the impact of gratitude. Their studies have demonstrated a range of strong benefits that can result when we actively engage in nurturing this strength.

These include:

  • Stronger optimism and feeling better about life.
  • Exercising more and less visits to the doctor’s- improved physical and mental health.
  • Enhanced ability to build new relationships and enhanced existing relationships with a greater willingness to discuss concerns towards resolution.
  • Enhanced empathy and reduction of aggression.
  • Better sleep.
  • Stronger self-esteem.
  • More numerous instances of positive actions and further kindness.
  • Enhanced ability to navigate challenges.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Stronger achievement, both academically and in the workplace.

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of focusing on what is missing. As a personal practice, it grows stronger and becomes more instinctive the more we use and practice it.

In the words of Lao-Tzu (c 500BC), “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you”.

Harvard Medical School suggests some simple ideas to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis.

  • Write a thank-you note/message. This helps you feel happy and makes the person who receives it feel good too. Try writing one to yourself from time to time!
  • Thank someone mentally. If you don’t have the time to write, make a mental thank you in your head!
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Make a habit of recording what you’ve noticed went well each day. Paper, phone or device work well! Taking a daily photo is another idea, nothing wrong with a visual journal!
  • Prayer can be used to cultivate gratitude.
  • The focus on the present moment without judgment is an opportunity to focus on what is good around us in nature and in each other (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, a breeze).

We can also focus on what went well during the day at dinner. It’s a positive conversation starter about things we may miss otherwise with our families and gives us an opportunity to highlight the good!

Sometimes, feelings of gratitude happen spontaneously, but nurturing feelings of gratitude is the result of intentionally counting our blessings. We can develop a habit of counting blessings just by paying attention each day to the people and things for their part in our lives. Noticing is the first step. The more we stop to notice, the more we notice to notice! We can take the time to thank people or stop to appreciate a star-filled sky, or a sunrise or sunset. We can start now. What’s good about this moment?

At this special time over coming days, perhaps spent with family and friends, we have the perfect opportunity to nurture and express our gratitude to help it grow.

Enjoy the little things as we celebrate Easter this weekend.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader – Secondary

GRATITUDE ACROSS THE SECONDARY CAMPUS

While Year 7-9 focused on the character strength of gratitude in Pastoral Care this week, students and staff across the campus were acknowledged for a productive and inspiring Term 1. We thankfully remember that it has been a very different term in many ways to the Term 1 of 2020, and all feel so very grateful for this alone. Students in the senior years were treated to pizza at lunchtime, distributed by our College Leaders, and students in Year 7-10 received a lollypop each, with a positive affirmation that focused on cherishing the good in our lives.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader – Secondary

CONSUMER VOICE PROGRAM

On the morning of Wednesday 31 March, all Year 11 students attended a presentation run by the Consumer Voice Program. This program plays a vital role in raising community awareness around the issue of gambling and aims to challenge the stigma around seeking support.

During the presentation, students listened to the stories of two individuals whose lives have been impacted by gambling addiction. They then engaged in a Q&A to further understand the harm that gambling can do and learn about the pathway to recovery.

It was clear to see that the entire Year 11 cohort were very moved and thankful to our guest speakers for sharing their stories.

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director