Term 3 has unfolded with a number of events and celebrations. Least not of these was JJAMM Week, which ended with our Feast Day Mass and M-Factor hosted by the Student Leadership Team. It was a great day of fun and laughter as we gave thanks for the life of Mary MacKillop and for the work of the Sisters of St Joseph.
At a recent assembly, I spoke to the girls about success and self-efficacy. I asked them to consider what their Principal’s certificate would say about their success. The following is an extract of what I shared.
Congratulations to all the students who have achieved awards today. It is a great opportunity to celebrate your academic excellence, your commitment and your service. Thank you for your contribution to College life. I know that we could have given out many, many more certificates. There is much to appreciate in the audience before me.
We do not really have certificates for going from a C to a B; for being adaptability; for being brave; or for aiming High. But if we did, would you receive one? What would your Principal’s certificate say?
Self-efficacy is your belief in yourself to achieve a task. When you have high self-efficacy, you are more likely to try new and seemingly hard tasks, be resilient when things do not go according to plan and be successful.
You may not get a certificate for high self-efficacy but you will get a strong sense of achievement. Having the opportunity to learn is not only a gift, it is a privilege, a right and a responsibility. Learning can also be very, very hard and it really helps if you invest in building your sense of self-efficacy. The way to build your self-efficacy is to remember:
On another note, I have found myself inspired by the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. In a recent interview, she was reflecting on the Christchurch Mosque Shootings that happened on 15 March this year. Journalists had reflected on her leadership during this time and she was described as being composed, calm, compassionate, and warm. Some journalists interpreted her response as a feminine response to leadership. When asked “is there an inherently feminine way of holding power?" her response was, “There is a human way of holding power”. She received a round of applause for this response and I found myself cheering for this woman who shows us what leadership can be like: a leadership that is about compassion, understanding, intelligence and walking with those she serves… and does that not sound just like our very own Mary MacKillop?
I trust that this newsletter provides a window into life at the College over the past five weeks.