In recent weeks, I have had the good fortune of attending two conferences. First, the AHISA Leading, Learning and Caring Conference in Hobart. This conference provided opportunities for educators to gather and share their knowledge and experience of teaching and learning. A short presentation by two colleagues and myself on our Student Wellbeing outcomes was well received. We also gained insight as to how other schools are working in similar fields.
More recently, the Pastoral Care Coordinators joined me and our Principal at the second conference led by the Alliance of Girls Schools; Fearless Girls, Strong Women Conference. Hosted here in Adelaide, the conference challenged our thinking about the more sensitive issues adolescent girls are facing. Guest speakers, Peggy Orenstein and Maree Crabbe, spoke with great knowledge, insight and wisdom, inspiring us to know more about adolescent girls. Whilst at times confronting, the conference allowed us to explore how we can support our girls in their wellbeing as they face a technology rich world that moves far quicker than we can imagine. There is much to be aware of in the technology space – both positive and negative.
Michael Carr-Gregg also spoke at the conference and, in a short space of time, drew our attention to the ‘good’ of technology, which included some apps that assist with anxiety and general wellbeing. Please refer to this document to discover the apps to use with young people. As you are no doubt aware Michael Carr-Gregg can be found on our website through SchoolTV. Each month a new short clip is provided on issues of wellbeing. Parents are encouraged to take a look at the SchoolTV website.
As part of the Fearless Girls, Strong Women Conference, we were most pleased to host a school tour. Educators from across the country visited our school and toured the Year 12 area along with the Sr Mary Mercer Learning Studios. Student Leaders hosted our guests and gave a short presentation on student leadership at the College. It was a wonderful morning of showcasing our school community.
As winter conditions finally make their way to our part of the world, I thank all the girls for wearing their winter uniform neatly. The blazer, worn to and from school each day, is smart and warm. The school scarf adds a sense of cosiness. We have decided to trial allowing the students to wear their sports uniform to and from school on the days they have school sport training. We will inform parents in due course of the outcome of this trial.
Term 2 can quickly become the term of colds and flus. Therefore, I encourage all girls to get the right amount of rest, exercise and good eating. Something that I learnt at the Fearless Girls Conference is that young people need nine hours sleep a night. This is not only good for wellbeing, it has also been shown to improve learning and the ability to retain information. Throughout Term 2 we have a number of events for the girls including, winter sport, The Corpus Christi Mass, Retreats, The Family Breakfast and the much anticipated Semester change over day, which is a student free day (June 22). In all that the girls take on this term, I wish them great success.
To our mothers and grandmothers, I wish you a Happy Mother's Day this Sunday.