From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • Tuesday 14/2: School Photos
  • Wednesday 15/2: Year 7 Vaccinations
  • Friday 17/2: Swimming Carnival
  • Thursday 23/2 – Friday 24/2: Year 7 Camp
  • Tuesday 28/2: Year 12 photos
  • Wednesday 1/3: Ash Wednesday

 

Uniform:   A reminder to familiarise yourselves with the uniform guidelines for the College; particularly jewellery, hair and makeup.

Waratah St:   Please keep the safety of all the community in mind when dropping off and picking up your daughters.

 

Self Directed Learning:

We began 2016 as a learning community focusing on Self Directed Learning, one of our five principles of learning. Bethany College is a place where teachers and students work together to be Self-Directed Learners:

    • Where learning is personalised to empower students to take charge of their own learning and become lifelong learners
    • Where students take initiative and responsibility for their own learning
    • Where students are self-reflective and engage with feedback to set their learning goals, defining what their learning needs and interests are.

To develop this, we set aside teaching time to instruct why goal setting, monitoring and assessing matters and model how to do it. We continue with this focus for 2017, and staff worked with presenter Dan Haesler at the start of the term to refine our practice.

Why is goal the goal setting process important?

“growing body of research indicates that when students are working on goals they themselves have set, they are more motivated and efficient, and they achieve more than they do when working on goals that have been set by the teacher” (Hom and Murphy, 1983 p. 104).

Research by Carol Dweck (1989) also showed that children with learning goals tend to choose challenging tasks regardless of their ability; they take every opportunity to get better; they quickly generate possible strategies for mastering a task and persist in finding answers; and in the case of failure, students’ self-esteem remains unaffected.

Students spent time in homeroom setting general learning goals in their diary and I would encourage parents and carers to have a look at the goals set, and encourage the girls to work through their strategies and monitor their progress over the term. This is a vital part of the process because just stating the goals is not enough, in fact it can work against us to share our goals, because we feel we are part way to achieving them. (For more on this… https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself?language=en ) What is important at this stage is to offer to assist by helping to monitor their goals. Ask questions: How are you going? What strategies are working for you? How else could we look at this? Is there anything I can help you with?

A big step towards achieving your goals is developing and maintaining a growth mindset.

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The attitudes you have learnt and develop will influence the way you view goal setting. Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

You need to have a positive attitude when you are setting and trying to achieve your goals. A positive attitude means you are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in your path.

 

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal