Mrs Davis explains that now is the time to reflect on how to make the most of this new term. Posing some questions we can ask ourselves, our families and our friends to help us grow and succeed over the next 10 weeks.

What’s next? Don’t you love a new term?

It is like a fresh page. It is a chance not necessarily to start again, but to just stop for a moment and re-start your thinking. A new school term is a “what’s next” time!

Next year, when Dr Burgess joins you as the new Principal, will be a REALLY BIG “what’s next”. She is a fabulous person and a great educator, and I hope that she will be able to come to assembly and introduce herself to all of you before the end of term.

But, in the meantime, this new term is a “what’s next” time. It is a time to stop and think things through. It’s not a time to just wander along giving no thought to what could be better or different this term. So, I’ve got a few questions for you to think about.

Principal Mrs Maryanne Davis with Senior students 2019

What do you see as the attitudes and skills of a really effective learner?

Think about the girls in your year who you consider to be really good at learning and succeeding in their learning. I don’t mean who is the brightest girl or who is the girl who tops every test, but rather who do you see working really well, managing their time well, getting better and better all the time. Think what you can learn from these girls:

  • What attitudes to learning do you need to change or develop?
  • Which learning skills do you need to develop?
  • Who can help you to do this?

What are your strengths and how can you use them to make things work better for you?

We all have different strengths. We all have strengths in every area of our lives. By that I don’t mean that you are the best in the world, but rather that when you look at your studies, which would you say is your strongest area?

When you think about your sport or music or debating or drama or other areas of school life, what are your strengths? Judge this against your own strengths and weaknesses, not against that of others!

What about in your friendships and at home? What are the areas in your relationships that you are managing well and easily. Where might you need to develop greater strength and who might help you with that? Consider your studies, co-curricular activities, your friendships or at home.

What are you passionate about?

  • What are you doing to increase the knowledge and skills associated with your passion?
  • Who do you see as someone who shares your passion and is a role model for you?
  • Why do you think that person is a good role model?

What is the one big question that is teasing your mind at the moment?

  • What is something that you would love to see changed or improved?
  • How could you find out more about it?
  • How could you initiate that change or improvement?

What does success at the end of the year look like to you?

  • In your studies
  • In your co-curricular activities
  • In your relationships
  • At home
  • In your spiritual life
  • How will you measure success?

You might need to check that the way in which you will measure success in each of these areas, is reasonable and achievable.

As we think about all of the things I’ve talked about this morning, you will see that they will all fit into our Danebank SEAL.

In all aspects of your life, you need to be looking to the needs of others, you need to harness your strengths and use your enthusiasm to make the best use of them. You need to be an agile thinker – to have a growth mindset that sees all things as possible and all problems as having a solution, if only you are willing to think outside the way things have always been done in the past.

Above all you need to be a leader: each one of you is a leader because each one of you will be a role model for someone else. You will generally not know that you are a role model, but you will be.

So pose those questions to yourself and answer them as you ponder “what’s next” this term!

Have a good term and if you spend time thinking about those questions, I am sure it will be an even better term ahead!

Mrs Maryanne Davis, Principal