I had genuinely forgotten how busy Term 4 can be, however, after not being able to draw breath since the term began, it is all rushing back to me - and I suspect I am not alone.
The 2020 Year 12s are in the midst of their external exam preparation, treading the fine-line of focusing on the business at hand and expending emotional energies on the final days of their school lives. This can be a distractive, heady mix and it is more important than ever to keep a cool head and eyes on the prize.
Conversely, the remaining senior years are beginning their senior educational journey, be it Year 11 or Year 12 2021, which can seem to be a long road, so their challenge is to pace themselves. The rest of the School is preparing for the final six weeks of the year - so much to be done, so little time. The only way to manage any anxious thoughts at this time is to plan and manage time efficiently and realistically. As always, the girls’ teachers are available for support and to give sage advice on how to achieve this balance.
This week is Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW), an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing. The initiative is linked to National Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day, which is held on Saturday, 10 October every year. QMHW “encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. The week also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed”.
Interestingly, the colour for QMHW is purple. Purple, our wonderful school colour, is the colour for positivity and empowerment and this week provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to reflect and shed light on the mental wellbeing of ourselves and those closest to us. I encourage everyone to do this and take appropriate action as required.
It has been a busy week for awareness as Wednesday, 7 October was the International Day of the Girl Child: My Voice, Our Equal Future. With 1.1 billion girls aged under 18, the United Nations believes that these girls - our girls - “are poised to become the largest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers the world has ever seen”. How exciting, particularly for young women with the advantage of a superior education, such as is on offer at Glennie. Our girls are in the best position in history for women to achieve an equal future. I have included the article for your interest.
With every blessing and good wishes for the week ahead.
Ms Mary Anne Evans