A MESSAGE FROM ELEVATE EDUCATION
We’re excited to announce that parents of St Michael’s College have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 2, 2021. Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.
Their most recent webinar was on Memory and Effective Revision and took place last week. Elevate has kindly extended access for us so that parents who missed the live event can watch it on replay here.
The next webinar on Wednesday, 2 June will focus on Exam Preparation and will help you create a revision road map with your child to help them prepare effectively in the weeks leading up to exams. With exams fast approaching, this will be a fantastic session to tune into. If you have not yet registered, you can do so below.
The webinar is run live online from 7pm – 8pm (AEST) where the presenter will share Elevate’s key research and strategies, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly.
Exam Preparation Webinar
🎬 Watch the Memory webinar replay here.
🔗 Download the resources here.
Should you have questions or would like to contact Elevate directly, their details are below.
YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS
Week 4: Forgiveness
Forgiveness, as a character strength, can sometimes be challenging to harness, mostly because when we need to call on it, we are feeling hurt. This echoes Mahatma Ghandi ‘s words: “Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”
It’s true too that we all make mistakes and that we all see the world differently, through our own eyes and personal value systems which are influenced by family, education, culture, faith and world views. Sometimes holding onto anger, pain and other destructive emotions associated with difficult situations is not very healthy and can lead to bitterness and can make us feel physically or emotionally ill. There are times when we can benefit from moving on from a particular situation in order to protect our own wellbeing.
We can also try to forgive ourselves for our own mistakes regularly. It’s true that we all make them: little errors made at work, missing a deadline, or saying something without fully thinking through the consequences. Sometimes it’s true that we are kinder to others than we are ourselves, and we can all benefit from a little self-compassion, and by acknowledging that we are all human.
Dr. Frederic Luskin, the Director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects at Stanford University offers some steps to forgiveness at this link. It begins with discussing any hurts with someone we trust.
In the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive:
‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy-seven times’.
This shows that opportunities for forgiveness are not finite. During his Angelus address from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square in September 2020, Pope Francis said that when Jesus said we must forgive “seventy-seven times” he meant, in biblical language, to forgive always. He went on to question just how much suffering and war could be avoided if forgiveness were the style of our life.
Using the strength of Forgiveness doesn’t take the mistake in question away, but it does help us to move on and focus on the positive which is a lot better for us, for those closest to us and for the wider world potentially. It helps us feel more peaceful, sleep better and encourages better relationships.
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader
MacConville R, and Rae T (2012) Building Happiness, Resilience and Motivation in Adolescents.
Catholic News Agency: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/45808/pope-francis-put-forgiveness-and-mercy-at-the-heart-of-your-life