Principal's report

8 March 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Assumption,

Year 7 Camp

Let’s keep our Year 7s in our thoughts and prayers this week as they come together for their Camp.  The Year 7 camp occurs early in the year to provide students with an opportunity to spend informal time with each other and to begin to cement the bonds of lifelong Assumption friendships.  The program provides a nice balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the newest members of our community to Quae Supra Quaere (Strive for the things that are above).  We wish them and the staff accompanying them well and look forward to reading some of their stories in the next edition of the newsletter. 

Coaching your adolescent for personal strength & resilience

Oftentimes, we adults feel the need to step in and rescue the young people we care about by providing them with immediate solutions to problems they are facing. Another way to work with your child to build their problem solving capacity and their confidence to make good decisions for themselves is to see yourself as their ‘coach’.  Coaches help others to improve their skills in a given area, and problem solving is an area of life that we all need to employ to a greater or lesser extent each day.  At Assumption, we use the DREAM informal coaching method to help students and staff achieve clarity in their actions. I encourage you to try it with your adolescent to assist them in growing the confidence and capability to take positive control of their own life (depending on the issue being considered, the process can take between 5 and 45 minutes)…

D – Define the Goal

  • What is the problem you would like to solve?
  • Can you turn this around into an inspiring goal?
  • Can you bring that down to one sentence?
  • How about 3-7 words?

R – Current Reality

  • If 10/10 is full achievement of the goal to the level that you imagine you can, rate where you are now on a scale of 1-10.
  • What rating would you like to have (in a week, in 6 months…?)

E – Imagine Achievement

  • When you have achieved this rating, what will be different, describe it?
  • What will be the impact on those around you? Colleagues? Students? Others?
  • How will you feel when you have achieved this?

A – Develop Actions

  • Imagine you have reached your goal. Looking back, what steps did you take to get here?
  • What else?
  • What actions do you need to achieve this goal?

M - First Action in Motion

  • What are you going to do now to start making this happen?

Clothe yourselves with Compassion

Colossians Chapter 3 is the source of our school motto ‘Seek the things that area above’. The passage goes on to name the ‘things above’, and exhorts the reader to ‘clothe themselves’ in those values: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. As we move into the fourth week of Lent, the ‘spiritual bootcamp’ of the Christian world, let’s invite God to help clothe us, envelop us, surround us and encourage us in these ways of being….

                Who needs my compassion this week?

                How can I be more kind to those I care about?

                Where do I need to exercise greater humility in my life?

                In what ways could I be more gentle to others?

                When does my impatience get the better of me, and how can I correct this?

Loving God, clothe me in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience so that others might know your love through me. Amen.

Peace and Blessings

Kate Fogarty