This week I felt a sense of new beginnings in the air as our Garnsey students started rollover and our Year 6 students eagerly and patiently prepared themselves for next week’s orientation. New beginnings mean new opportunities and a chance to start again, learning from past failures. This is certainly the general feeling among our Garnsey students as they look forward to new teachers, new classes and new expectations. For many, it is a chance to clean the slate and set up for success in 2019.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to chat with students about their expectations of next year. Some of their comments are below:
- I am a little bit scared of Year 12, but I’m confident that I have good work habits and I feel confident that my teachers will support me.
- I know I haven’t been a great student in Year 10, but I now understand what I have to do and I appreciate the new start with new teachers.
- I can’t wait to begin Year 7, although I am worried about getting lost in the big school.
- I love the Year 9 space, it’s awesome.
- I know I have to spend three hours a night doing homework in Year 12. I think I can do that.
- VCE is great. It’s not as daunting as I thought it would be.
I love the optimism, enthusiasm and general positivity that abounds at this time of year. I am also very proud when I see the manner in which new students are welcomed into the School and looked after by their official ‘buddies’.
I did have a moment of apprehension earlier today when I walked into the Year 12 Common Room, ready to remove all of the younger students who were in this space, only to realise that they are now the Year 12s and the leaders of our school. They have even begun a countdown of days left in Year 12. I think I would prefer not to know that there are 339 days left until they finish!
To all of our students: I love the manner in which you are beginning the new year and I would like to leave you with a simple quote.
“Before any beginning, there needs to be a plan of how you are going to get to the end. If you do not create a plan, it is like deciding to play football without the ball.”