From the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Term 3…

I wish to welcome back all of our students! It was great to see them again at our first assembly held at Middle School Highton. It was pleasing to hear the holiday exploits and for all students to be looking so relaxed and refreshed. The holidays are a reminder that we do need to rest and catch up on sleep. For me, it was holiday spent reading, and I was somewhat surprised to see that Judge Judy is still on after all those years. I am not sure if they are re-runs?

During the holidays our Prefects went to East Timor. They had a wonderful trip which will be reported on in the next edition of The Vine. It was a marvellous opportunity for them to visit our Friendship House and to connect with the students and staff there. At our Senior School Campus Assembly, two Prefects - Brydon Barnett and Nicole Mayes - presented a report that featured some amazing photographs. There was one in particular that struck me: it was of a student from Christian College and a young person from East Timor. You could really feel the connection in their faces through the photo and you realise the 'good work' that is being done.

The Senior School Subject Expo is on Wednesday, 26th July and this is an important date for all students in Years 10 and 11. All departments will have displays and staff will be on hand to answer questions about subjects and pathways. Our Careers Counsellors will also be available for discussions.

The night is broken up into the following:

Subject Expo 4.00pm to 6.00pm – for current Year 9 students and parents.
Subject Expo 7.00pm to 9.00pm – for Year 10 students and parents and interested Year 11 students and parents.
Formal Information Sessions - for Year 10 students and parents and any Year 11 students and parents interested (all in the Senior School Chapel) - 7.00 and 8.00 pm: VCE Presentation / 7.30 pm: VCAL Presentation.

We will also be visited by Year 9 students, as they are also required to enter subject selections for 2018. All subject selections will be carried out online and more information will be sent to you concerning this over the next week.

For your information, below is a list of some important events that will be taking place at the start of Term 3:

Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July -  Futures Week for Year 11 and 12 students

Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July - Year 10 Futures Week

Wedneday, 26th July - Senior School Subject Expo and VCE/VCAL Information Night

Tuesday, 1st August - Student Learning Conferences (4.30pm to 8.30 pm)

Thursday, 3rd August - Subject Selection Open Online

Friday, 11th August - Subject Selection Closes Online

I came across this article in The Age on 6th April and felt it appropriate to share given my writings last term on ‘Anxiety’. 

Feeling the weight of tomorrow’s world - Chloe Booker

Teenager Amelia Walters says a bombardment of negative messages about the state of the world is ruining her generation’s mental health.

In an alarming snapshot of the well-being of Australian students, seven out of 10 surveyed by the National Union of Students last year rated their mental health as only “poor” or “fair”. Amelia, 19, said she was left paralysed with anxiety and depression after moving to Melbourne from Brisbane to take up a University Scholarship last year. Despite being high school Dux, and scoring the highest possible ATAR, she found herself unable to get out of bed and attend classes at the University of Melbourne. “There is a lot of anxiety about our futures,” she says. “There is a greater sense of responsibility, to our society, to our environment, to our planet, and to ourselves, to achieve.” Amelia said young people are growing up in an age when bad news is constantly at their smartphone fingertips. Amelia is not alone. The survey of more than 2600 University and TAFE students found about a third had serious concerns. Two-thirds reported high or very high psychological distress, and 80 per cent had felt anxious or experienced panic. It is the first time the annual National Union of Students survey has asked questions about mental health, after partnering up with youth mental health foundation 'Headspace'. The Union’s Welfare Officer, Jill Molloy, said the results were a wake-up call for institutions. She said there was already a “massive demand” placed on some “underfunded” University mental health services, with up to seven-week waiting lists. Chief Executive of Headspace, Jason Trethowan, said the results justified more investment in mental health. “After finishing Year 12, young people can be vulnerable. They are an at-risk group with no clear check-in point for mental health difficulties,” he said. Amelia says she found help through Headspace (she’s now an ambassador for the organisation) and at Melbourne University, and she encourages other students who are struggling to also seek support. “Now that I’ve figured out what that hole in myself was and filled it again, I feel much more able to take on some of the pressures of study and greater life.”

Don't hesitate to phone Headspace on 1800 650 890, if needed.

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 


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