This term, there has been a focus on developing their personal and academic ambitions, as well as fostering a sense of community and respect. Our Homeroom time has been at the forefront of this, engaging in a range of activities designed to promote positive values and encourage students to speak up for themselves and others.
One of the key initiatives undertaken by Year 10 Homeroom was the use of Yarning Circles to facilitate discussions around values and identity. These circles involve students sitting in a circle and taking turns to share their thoughts and experiences on a particular topic, while the rest of the group listened respectfully. By starting each session with an Acknowledgment of Country, we also recognised and honoured the traditional custodians of the land on which they live and learn.
During these discussions in Homeroom, we explored a range of values, including respect, community, and courage. Respect was seen as essential to creating an environment where all students could learn and thrive, regardless of their abilities, identities, cultures, or backgrounds. Students were encouraged to think about how they could contribute to this kind of environment, whether through their words and actions or by challenging prejudice and discrimination when they saw it.
Community was another key value that the homeroom explored. Students were encouraged to think about how they could work together to achieve common goals, while also celebrating their individual differences and identities. This involved creating authentic connections with others and recognising the importance of inclusivity and diversity in fostering a sense of community.
Finally, during Homeroom we also reflect upon the value of courage, exploring what it means to face challenges with determination and bravery. Students were encouraged to think about how they could take action when they saw a need for positive change, whether in their own lives or in the wider community. This involved stepping outside of their comfort zones and taking risks in pursuit of their goals and aspirations.
Alongside these discussions in Homeroom, the Year 10 students also met with the Year Level Coordinator to discuss their future goals and ambitions. This involved setting personal and academic targets for the year ahead, as well as exploring potential pathways for future study and career choices. By guiding students to contemplate their aspirations and goals, we hope to empower them with a clear sense of purpose and direction that would not only steer them through their remaining years of school but also guide them beyond.
Term 1 of 2023 has been a period of reflection, growth, and development for Year 10 students. Through their engagement in Yarning Circles, discussions around values, and exploration of their own identities and goals, students have been empowered to speak up for themselves and others, as well as to develop a strong sense of community and respect. By continuing to build on these foundations, we hope to create a supportive and inclusive environment where all students can thrive and achieve their full potential.
Year 10 Coordinator