At the commencement of the term, the student body were invited to accept three challenges:
- be punctual,
- demonstrate a willingness to see things through positive eyes,
- embrace a “can do” attitude.
These challenges represent the opportunity to enter into a positive mindset for learning and being at St Joseph’s College. The research into the profound benefits of a positive mindset focus on the links to wellbeing. This positive mindset has its links to the research of social psychologist, Dr Carol Dweck who presents the idea of a growth mindset. At St Joseph’s we are creating an environment for learning that nurtures possibilities for all our students. When students truly believe that intelligence is not fixed, they are open to new learning experiences and pushing through when challenges emerge.
Our students look to their role models; parents, teachers, sport coaches and their broader family for their framework of learning. Let us be the positive influence on the lives of our young people, to encourage them to be risk-takers in their learning; to embrace the challenge of learning and to seek to be the best versions of themselves.
Our first assembly for the term was an opportunity to honour and celebrate some key achievements and service to the College. Warrant Officer Lance Peterson joined us at assembly this week to present the ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership Award to a Year 10 and a Year 12 student who have shown outstanding leadership qualities similar to those of the soldiers who fought in the battle of Long Tan.
Congratulations to Abbey-Rose Condon who received the Year 10 award and to Hamish McIlveen who received the award for Year 12. Both of these students are well known for their excellent leadership skills and will no doubt continue to develop these skills during the remainder of their schooling lives and beyond. Thank you to Warrant Officer Peterson for joining us to present these awards Your presence made this even more special for Abbey-Rose, Hamish and their families.
We recognised Mrs Jaye Singleton for 20 Years of service to Catholic Education. We thank Mrs Singleton for her dedication and hard work during her years at St Joseph’s College.
The P&F, We Couldn’t Do It Without You Award is an award presented to one person in the College each year that goes above and beyond, helping out wherever they can. It could be someone who helps in the classroom, runs the Canteen, organises social functions, or the quiet achiever who is there helping in the background. The nominated person receives a certificate, stick pin and a prize.
Congratulations to Maureen McIntosh who was the well-deserved recipient this year.
When the Canteen was without one of their key staff members earlier this year, Maureen stepped in almost daily to assist. She has also been a volunteer at the Cantten for the duration of her time as a Joeys parent and was the obvious choice for the 2019 Award. Well done and thank you Maureen.
All School’s Touch Competition was held this week. Congratulations to all players for their commitment, teamwork and positivity. I wish to thank all staff and parents for their support and commitment to the success of this event.