Year 9 Pastoral Care - Young & Confident "Best Me" Program
On Monday 19 February and Tuesday 20 February the students of Year 9 took part in an enriching program called ‘Young and Confident’. As the program states, it was a strengthening experience that taught us about who we are and what we can be. This program started off with a gathering of the whole grade in which we took an online test to discover what our personal traits and strengths are. The questions ranged from knowing how we treat others to how we approach different aspects of life, such as learning and spirituality.
“The survey was very engaging and I was excited to see my results.” Hayden Bryson
After the completion of the survey, we reviewed our results which was a list of 24 traits, in order of strongest to least like us. This informed all students on the attributes that fit our character profile the most, some of which included perseverance, love of learning, spirituality, zest, humility, gratitude, creativity and more. After learning about who we are, each class had a personal lesson with the presenters, where we discovered more about our personal strengths and how we can use them. This was a very educational lesson, as it was useful and helpful, due to the fact that students could discover their true identities.
“This session was very beneficial, as I explored what I was best at, and how I could apply this into my everyday life. We worked in small groups, and also listened to what other people’s strengths were.”
This program gave us the opportunity to express ourselves, allowing us to demonstrate and give examples of our strengths in our everyday lives. We received a small folder holding our top 3 strengths from the survey, which went into further detail about what these talents were. All in all, we are certain that we speak for the entire grade, when we say that this was a constructive and well presented program that taught us about who we are as a person.
Alana Forrester and Hayden Bryson, 9W
The College is excited to announce that David Welch's (Year 12 2017), HSC Visual Arts, Body of Work, is exhibited in the prestigious, state-wide ARTEXPRESS Exhibition, held at Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea.
Artexpress showcases the most outstanding talent from a candidature of 9570 Year 12 Visual Arts students in NSW.
David's sophisticated series of 5 oil paintings is titled "Reflections of my Father". David’s artist’s statement reads, “My Body of Work was initially intended to be a character profile of my father, whose impassioned love of life and family has had a resounding impact on my character. This concept gradually evolved into a personal portrayal of the complexities of our father-son relationship, specifically how aspects of his personality and mannerisms are reflected in my own. Using oil paints as my material practice has developed and deepened my appreciation for the technical skill of the Italian and Dutch Old Masters. Theirs is a style I aspire to, in order to portray my father in similar grandeur.”
It is important to note, David is the only student selected from all Catholic schools in the Sutherland Shire, to be exhibited - an accolade for David and the College. The Year 12 artists and families, with their teachers, recently attended the official Opening, with students’ achievement acknowledged. The College extends warmest congratulations to David, who was also the Dux of the College for 2017.
The exhibition is open daily until 25 March. Entry is free, don’t miss seeing it.
Mrs Suzanne Wilson and Mrs Mary Givney-Clark, Visual Arts Teachers