Due to the generosity of the late Charles Hargrave, Year 10 and 11 students have had the opportunity each year to apply for funding to pursue a passion which they have. Mr Hargrave, who died in 2013, believed very strongly in giving young people the freedom to explore and develop a wide range of interests in life. Since 2009, these unique Awards have funded many diverse projects including sheep shearing courses, providing advanced musical composition software, and developing cricket umpiring skills. There is around $8,000 available to students each year. The process requires students to make an application to the School Foundation detailing their passion and if successful what the money would be used for. A shortlist is finalised, and those students are then interviewed by representatives from the teaching staff, the Westminster Foundation and a member of Mr Hargraves' family.
Each year I am impressed by the activities that students are involved in and the quality of the applications. Each year I hear from the interview panel how impressed they are by the maturity and passion which is shown by the students and that it is difficult to finalise the list of successful applicants.
I encourage students to ensure they are prepared and start working on their application now to ensure they do not miss the deadline. More information can be found via the Charles Hargrave Student Enterprise Awards portal page in SEQTA.
As the Year 12 cohort begin the final phase of their studies, involving the completion of major assignments and preparation for the SACE Exams, I urge all the students to access help and support when they are feeling that they are not coping with the tasks that lay ahead. With only seven school weeks left before the final day for Year 12, it can seem as if there is not enough time to complete all the requirements but experience suggests that if the time is used wisely significant progress can be made during this time. I encourage the students to listen and follow the directions of their teachers who have been through the Year 12 process many times and understand what is achievable providing you have your priorities in the correct order. Sacrifices need to be made to ensure you achieve the best possible results you can while still maintaining a healthy balance. I would also add that establishing regular sleep patterns which allow you to obtain adequate sleep is also very important in keeping a positive frame of mind.
I came across the following advice to young people about coping with stress when visiting the ReachOut website. Below is an extract from the article:
Positive coping strategies can help with:
Positive coping strategies are any actions you take to manage and reduce stress in your life, in a way that isn’t going to be harmful or detrimental in the long term. People who use positive strategies are not only better able to tackle challenges and bounce back from tough times, but they are also much happier.
Pretty much any coping strategy which isn’t going to be harmful or ineffective in the long term is worth a try. However, you will probably find that some strategies work better for you than others in terms of how well they reduce stress and help you manage. It’s also worth noting that some strategies will work better or worse depending on the particular event/situation.
A mega list of coping strategies:
I would recommend both students and parents to visit ReachOut.com Australia to access other useful information and advice.
Again, I encourage all students to communicate with their families, and staff at school when they are not feeling all that positive. House Heads, our Head of Senior Students, the Wellbeing Team or other staff with whom you have a positive relationship will offer support, advice and encouragement.
Head of Senior School