Year 7 students have begun their Enhanced Learning Task, Seek7. The launch was onFriday 19 June. At the launch, the girls learnt more about the process and the work expectations during the two weeks of the task. The focus of the task is to teach the girls effective research skills, which they can apply to the topic of sustainability and water. They can then transfer the skills learnt to all research tasks in the future. The girls all attended four different water-focused excursions on Monday 22 June. All were very informative excursions, which the girls loved. I look forward to seeing the many varied research topics chosen by the girls, their research report and product they create to show what they have learnt. The girls Seek7 products will be on display for parents to view at the upcoming Parent Daughter Teacher interviews.
Balance Wellbeing Program
This six-week program is well underway, with a group of Years 7 and 8 girls involved in the Wellbeing Program. Why have these girls chosen to be part of the Balance program? At Santa Maria, we understand that wellness relates to the ability to navigate the ups and down of life in a way that promotes vitality and flourishing of the human person. We recognise that the most successful people in life aren’t necessarily eternal optimists – or grounded realists. True wellbeing relates to being fully human, experiencing all of the human emotions and responses to life’s circumstances. No one is able to ‘get it right’ all the time. However, we know it is possible to learn to be more balanced on the deck of the ship of life – rather than having to be thrown to and fro with each stormy sea that we sail over. So next time we offer the six-week Balance Wellbeing program, maybe you could suggest your daughter join in!
Strive9 : Year 9 Corbett to help local Women’s Refuge
As part of the Strive9 project, Year 9 Corbett will be helping the Zonta Women’s Refuge. To better understand the work of this refuge, they invited Angie Perkins, Head Coordinator from the refuge, to talk to the girls.
Angie began by explaining the growing issue of family and domestic violence in our society. In Australia, it is now considered at a crisis point with one in three women suffering domestic violence at some time in their lives. It is the number one cause of homelessness with women and children in our society and can affect women of all ages, cultures and socio-demographic groups. Angie also explained that family and domestic violence is not just physical abuse, but can be in the form of spiritual, financial and emotional abuse also. Zonta House provides refuge and transitional accommodation, holistic support services and education to women over the age of 18.
Zonta House has nineteen houses, one ten-bed crisis centre and other transitional care houses. Often women arrive at the refuge with nothing except the clothes they are wearing. Zonta helps them to start out with clothes, food and support. They receive very little government funding, relying primarily on a small amount of rent from the women and donations.
Year 9 Corbett students are hoping to help the Refuge by collecting some of the specific items they desperately need at the refuge and by donating their time on Strive9 day to assist with any odd jobs in and around the refuge. The Corbett girls will also prepare a lunch for the women.
Angie Perkins’ talk touched the hearts of all the girls and not only opened their eyes to this social issue in our society but inspired them to help make a difference.
Mrs Tracy Webster, Head of Middle School