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Reflect, Reset, and Finish Strong: Navigating the Final Stretch of the 2023 School Year

As we approach the conclusion of the 2023 school year, I want to begin by commending your unwavering dedication and hard work throughout this academic year. For our Year 12 students I'd like to congratulate you on your efforts throughout but remind you of the importance of maintaining your focus as we enter the final stretch of your external exams. To our Year 11 cohort, this term presents you with the beginning of the end so to speak. You have started your Unit 3 coursework and are well on your way to the finishing line. And to the remainder of the School, it is crucial not to lose sight of your academic objectives and to continue your diligent pursuit of knowledge. This juncture, however, also presents an opportunity to reflect on the journey that has been the 2023 academic year.

Take a moment to reflect on your academic goals for this year. Did you successfully achieve them, or were there obstacles in your path? Reflect on your personal goals as well. Have you met them, or do some of them need to be carried forward into 2024? If you find your concentration or motivation waning, it may be time for a reset. We still have Term 4 assessments ahead, and resetting your mindset can help you remain on track for the final weeks of the school year. Remember to apply the principles of Growth Mindset that you've learnt this year, reminding yourself that you may not be where you want to be 'yet,' but you have the potential to get there. This is also an excellent opportunity to evaluate your study strategies. Determine what's working well for you and what isn't. Take some time to reimagine your approach to note-taking and revision. Are there new strategies you'd like to experiment with?

The consistency of your daily study routines and personal rituals remains vital. Ensure you allocate time for activities that are significant to you. Remember, taking time for yourself and engaging in activities you enjoy can be a rewarding break for your mind after intensive study sessions. Above all, as I've emphasised in previous messages, prioritise self-care. Make sure to maintain a balanced diet, stay hydrated, incorporate regular exercise into your routine, and get sufficient rest. And remember to be kind to those around you, especially your teachers. Congratulations on a great year. I have enjoyed sharing it with you all.

Christie Dey

Director of Secondary



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