Year 9 Transition Program & Reflection Day

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Year 9 Students have had a busy week completing their Transition Program, designed to prepare students for the move into Year 10 in 2019. The program is designed around the theories of Dr Stephen Covey, creator of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People which was adapted by his son, Sean Covey, into a program designed for teens.

Throughout the week, students have had the opportunity to look at each of the seven habits, which include topics such as synergy and the importance of working together, goal setting and developing a strong personal vision, prioritising and effective time management, empathetic listening and communication, and the ideas of proactive and reactive behaviours. Students have had the chance to hear from a number of staff and guests with presentations centred around each of the topics. The girls also explored these further through practical activities including Walking the Labyrinth, beading, meditation, Body Konga and music workshops.

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On Thursday, students completed their Reflection Day with a pilgrimage highlighting the final habit studied, Sharpen the Saw where students are invited to develop their spiritual self. The pilgrimage began by sailing down the Swan River in the footsteps of Sister Ursula Frayne. Students then made their way to the city, stopping at significant destinations including Mercedes College, the first school established by Sister Ursula in WA, the Heritage Centre at the Mercedes College site, and the Cathedral, where students learnt about Sister Ursula’s interactions with Bishop Brady, the first Bishop of Perth.

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Over the course of the Transition Program, students have looked at Personal Mission Statements and have explored what is important to them and what they stand for. After studying the topics presented and hearing from each of the guest speakers, students have been able to reflect and refine these priorities and create their own mission statement. We hope these will guide students in their transition into Year 10 and beyond.

We extend a special thank you to those who have presented this week – particularly Rosa Speranza for her delivery of the Covey program, as well as guests Brett Stanford of ‘How Ridiculous’, Grant Schubert and Melissa Trollio, and staff presenters Jillian Landers, Hannah Fay, James Rees, Olivia Gamble, Samantha Doughty and Geoffrey Kay.

Below are some student reflections on the Transition Program:

Three words – relaxing, discovery, and reflection. This program was the perfect way to end a hectic term. We participated in activities such as meditation which helped us to relax. We learnt about Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits, we became aware of our life mission, and we learnt how to be more effective in school and in our personal lives. We reflected on our College history by following in the footsteps of Ursula Frayne, and we visited the Cathedral and learnt more about life in Perth in 1946. Sarah Durston
I like that what we’ve learnt has been engaging, whilst still preparing us for Year 10 and beyond. All the guest speakers, presenters and organisers have helped me feel less daunted and more prepared for Year 10. Amy Roche
I have learnt many valuable lessons this week that I will be sure to carry into Year 10. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills that will help me next year and in the years to come. Sabine Gore
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It helped me prepare for next year as well as teaching me some very important life skills in the form of the 7 Habits. Gabriella Gavranic
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