The Term One holidays will offer a fantastic opportunity to rest and recuperate after a busy term
As Term One draws to a close, many students may be finding themselves feeling particularly tired; which isn’t surprising when you consider that this term has been the longest period of consecutive face-to-face learning they have had since 2019. And while most students have clearly been pleased to have a more normal term and to be back learning with their friends, many are also finding themselves having to re-build their social stamina.
Research tells us that people with larger and more complex social networks tend to have a larger amygdala – the part of the brain responsible for processing emotion. Social interaction also supports memory and verbal recall, given that human beings are social creatures who require interactive stimulation to keep their brains healthy. After two years of prolonged lockdowns and reduced social interaction, many adolescents are having to make a significant social readjustment, learning how to reallocate and manage the energy required by the social environment of school.
The Term One holidays will offer a fantastic opportunity to rest and recuperate after a busy term, as well as to set up good routines to help students continue the work of rebuilding their social stamina in Term 2. In particular, students should:
Congratulations to Mr Daniel Mackertich and Ms Jessica Pendlebury who were appointed this term as Student Leadership Co-coordinators. They will be working closely with our Year 11 and 12 Student Leaders, including supporting the House Captains to coordinate a program of House Activities through Extended Pastoral Care.
Next term, students in Years 7-11 will have the opportunity to apply to be part of a new student leadership group - the Student Senate. The Student Senate will enhance and expand the leadership opportunities for students at Kolbe, enabling them to participate in decisions affecting them, and build leadership and communication skills through project-based tasks.
One representative from each Pastoral Care group from Year 7-11 will participate, meeting once a fortnight to discuss, plan and present proposals for significant change processes in the College.
In Week One of Term 2, students interested in being a part of this exciting new initiative will be invited to submit a brief expression of interest to their Pastoral Care Teacher and Year Level Leader, outlining:
Students will be selected based on the following demonstrated attributes:
Congratulations to the students of Romero House for a wonderful Romero House Mass and Celebration on March 9th, the first of our 6 House Masses for 2022. Thank you to Director of Faith and Mission, Caith Malone and House Leader, Ashleigh Pereira for the organisation of this celebration, Fr Dishan for celebrating a beautiful Mass, and to the students of Romero House for the respectful and reverent way in which they participated.
As we come to the end of a busy and productive Term One, we wish all students and families a blessed Easter and a restful and safe term break.
Mrs Tracey Kift