Holy Eucharist Campus

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” 

Henry Ford 

A core element of our Year 9 program is dedicated to the maturation of our students, to foster their independence as learners. 

Last week all Year 9 students were asked to complete a personal stocktake of where they are at as a learner, reflecting on perceived strengths and areas of required growth. Together with Ms Lauren Anderson, Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader, we will now set about having a follow-up interview with each student. We hope that over the course of the year this metacognition (‘thinking about your own thinking’) will empower our students to make the requisite improvements and unlock their learning potential.

Already in 2019 our Year 9 students have had access to a raft of speakers whose advice will help to make them more self-aware and facilitate their own learning. Elevate Education ran a ‘Memory and Mnemonics’ workshop exploring the role attention has on memory and developing techniques to aid learning. Many students unearthed habits that require tweaking!

Students were also briefed by our friends at Duke of Edinburgh Victoria. For the first time this internationally recognised award becomes compulsory at Year 9, neatly packaged within our Discovery curriculum. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

Perhaps most notable were the full day sessions run by the impressive facilitators at the Rites of Passage Institute. Designed around our Term 1 Campus theme Identity, these powerful sessions aim to provide participants with skills, motivation and passion to make a positive impact on society.

De La Salle is proud of our established partnership with the Rites of Passage Institute and we look forward to the student/parent workshops later in Terms 2, 3 and 4 that will complement our Year 9 students’ learning journies.

The Year 9 cohort have heard me say that the most successful students in the world today are those most responsive to change. It is my hope and belief that activities like the above are preparing them for this.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Year 9 Campus

Back to The Duce Issue 2019 02 - 21 February 2019