From the Head of Middle School (Issue 3 2017)
Written on the 9 March 2017
Our style of education not only focuses on academics, but on the whole person. As such we endeavour to challenge your sons' to engage and see the world in new ways as they grow in awareness and a love of learning. Over the first few weeks of the school year it is always pleasing to see the boys grow in confidence as they settle into new classroom environments, developing new relationships, identifying and beginning to conquer new challenges, and of course, establishing new goals for the year.
Setting goals and creating a plan to achieve them is an important part of the learning process. This may take on a new light as we move closer to the end of the first assessment period. Staff at the Middle School have spent time in the first few weeks establishing goals both at an individual and team (subject and year level specific) level.
As a school community we too are learners and setting goals helps us to focus and deliver the best possible practice. We are committed to promoting and supporting collaborative practice, analysing and interpreting data and understanding deeply our own school context. Goal setting around these practices helps to improve not only the general academics of students, but their own overall personal development.
Last week we commenced the beginning of Lent and I shared a photo (right) with staff of the Judean Desert that I took when on Pilgrimage last year. This is where Jesus spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting. He knew only too well what lay ahead. As a group of Marists, last year we spent many hours in silence looking out over the vast landscape... reflecting, thinking and being immersed in "the silence". Pope Francis consistently reminds us to be people of action which resonates with our Marist theme of "Awaken."
So as we move further into Lent and we contemplate in the "silence" we might take the opportunity to think deeply about what we can do to change ourselves through strengthening our relationships with others. How we can awaken and reflect the resurrected Christ - or more simply put by Pope Francis when addressing young people, "Don't be couch potatoes - a better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master."