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Student Led Conferences
During Term Three, Year 7 have presented their own
portfolio showcasing their learning to their parents and
MYBennies teacher. Each student selected a number
of work samples to discuss in a 20 minute presentation
called a Student Led Conference. One of the work samples
included a personal Growth Chart, using SMART goals to
plan improvement in Semester Two after reflection of their
individual Semester One report. Another was a piece of
work to tell a story about their learning this year showing a
personal strength.
Mindfulness
Students and staff having been participating in mindfulness
activities throughout the year. In House Groups, Year 11
explored different ways to implement mindfulness in their
daily lives. Facilitated by the College Counsellors, students
were able to listen, discuss and share ideas about how to use
mindfulness to help face the different challenges facing senior
students. Following this important activity Year 11 continued
the theme of mindfulness, enjoying a peaceful and reflective
meditation in the Blue Gum Room.
In the Information and Resource Centre (IRC) as well as the
College Staffroom, colouring in mindfulness sheets and jigsaw
puzzles have been available. The colouring in prompts the
person to meditate on their artwork as they mindfully and
creatively fill pages with colour developing peace and calm.
The Resilience Doughnut
One aspect of Positive Education within the College is the use
of
The Resilience Doughnut
developed by clinical psychologist,
Lyn Worsley. The Resilience Doughnut allows individuals to
become independent and self-directed by utilising areas within
their life to enable them to flourish. Students from Years 7, 8
and 9 have used the Resilience Doughnut and identified their
three areas of strengths. By combining these areas they are
able to complete the statement – I am, I have and I can.
A powerful statement of recognition.
Strength Spotting
Why is it often so easy to recognise the strengths in
others, yet so challenging to do the same to ourselves?
As a mechanism for feedback and way of threading the
Positive Education program throughout the curriculum,
some students in Year 8 Science were recently invited to
complete an activity in ‘strength spotting’. Girls were asked
to reflect on their effort and participation in their Science
Student Research Project and to recognise one or more
strengths they could identify in themselves. From this,
they were invited to write a gratitude letter to themselves;
acknowledging their strengths and explaining when and how
they were able to demonstrate and develop this attribute.
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Year 7 complete The Resilience Doughnut
Jigsaws in the IRC
Student Led Conference
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