95% of people who set goals do not follow through with them. At the beginning of the year, prior to setting goals, the following key objectives to a fulfilling year were shared with students (as written by Phil Britten):
Dare to look back and where you have come from and learn.
Dream with no limitation.
Design the process you will follow.
Find the real reasons why you want these things and use this for motivation.
Know not only where you want to go but where you will go once you have reached your destination.
These statements formed the basis for the goal setting process as students in Years 7 to 12 set their learning and wellbeing for Semester 1. The goals set by students should make them feel excited and provide them with self-motivation to achieve them. Students are encouraged to regularly review their goals. They may laminate their goals and place them in a place where they will see them daily. Students are also encouraged to regularly review the strategies they set to achieve their goals.
Parents / Carers are encouraged to regularly speak with their son(s) in encouraging them to work towards achieving their goals.
Following are responses provided by students when asked the question:
How are your learning and wellbeing goals assisting you to maintain focus with your learning?
- I enjoy setting goals because it helps me focus on what I want to achieve, without getting distracted (Oscar, Year 7)
- If I set goals, I get more organised and am able to work towards achieving them. Being organised allows me to get more things done (Joel, Year 7)
- Setting goals has enabled me to accomplish things I have not been able to do (KJ, Year 7)
- They help me stay focused in learning and as long as I have a goal in my mind, I know what to work towards (Jacob, Year 8)
- Setting goals pushes you to want to do more to achieve them (Ben, Year 8)
- Gives you something to work towards and how you can continue to improve. It keeps you focused and determined (Fergus, Year 10)
- They help me keep on track and make sure I’m going in the right direction with my work. I feel good when I achieve the goals and feel a sense of accomplishment (Noah, Year 11)
- Goals help me to strive for something so that I have something to work towards (Noah, Year 11)
- Setting goals helps you visualise where you want to be. Once the goals are set you cans see the path and outcome ahead of you. This makes achieving the goals more achievable as you can see the steps you need to take to get there (Anthony, Year 11)
- It allows you to stay organised and use strategies that work for you (Joel, Year 12)
Click here for information on Goal Setting, This document is included in the Study Samurai Library and provides a range of information and advice on setting and achieving goals.
Study Samurai Library
All families have access to the Study Samurai Library. The Study Samurai Library includes the Study Skills Module website which provides advice and resources on developing essential skills for academic success. To access the Study Samurai Library website, go to www.studysamurailibrary.com and login with these details:
This week, families are able to spend time watching a video and review related resources in each of the following units:
- Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8): Mindmaps
- Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10): Learning Preferences
- Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12): Advancing Memory Techniques
Teacher Professional Learning Teams
In 2022 teaching staff at the College will be forming groups of Professional Learning Teams and will be engaging in collaborative professional learning in a number of designated focus areas. The focus areas align with the College Annual Improvement Plan in the domain of Learning and Teaching. The focus areas include:
- Pivot: Engaging Student Voice
- Improving Writing Outcomes
- Embedding Literacy for Learning
- Learning Walks to Improve Teacher Clarity Practices
- Enhancing Formative Assessment and Feedback practices.
Please do not hesitate to make contact if you have any questions.
Director of Learning & Teaching