Year 11 and 12 have conducted themselves exceptionally well over this unprecedented period. As well as managing the stress and anxiety caused by the restrictions associated with Covid 19, they have also continued to endeavour to meet the demands of their final years of schooling! As reports are delivered, I would like to commend our Stage 6 cohort for persevering in the face of adversity and uncertainty. Well done.  

For some students and parents, reports can be a time of mixed emotions as plans are either affirmed, re-evaluated or cast into doubt. Even when grades are excellent, high achieving students will often feel the weight of maintaining personal expectations and the pressure of meeting perceived expectations from others. It is easy to be caught up in a sudden flurry of activity to try to fix something, address the opportunities for development or return to maintaining achievement of grades. 

One of the biggest issues we all face is busyness. It stops us from reflecting on the sort of person we are becoming and forces us to focus on an outcome rather than the people around us. Corrie ten Boom put it like this, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” In other words, we can become so consumed with the next thing that we lose sight of our values, desires and beliefs.

Therefore, my encouragement to parents and students in Year 11 and 12 is, when you get your reports, please pause. As you read the reports ask yourselves some questions: Why am I here? Why am I striving for a particular grade? What sort of person do I want to be? How will my career aspirations serve my community and others? If you do this, I’m convinced you’ll find a greater drive, purpose and clarity for the road ahead.