From the Chapel
Imparting Wisdom from our 2020 School Prefects
On Tuesday morning our school community gathered for a whole school assembly which was led by our School Prefects. As this was their final assembly our Prefects thought it would be fitting to pass on some advice and lessons that they have learnt from their 13 years of schooling.
My piece of advice is to live life to the fullest and to always remember that each one of us can make a difference in the world, so take up any opportunity to make that change, both to the world and yourself.
My advice is to have fun in everything you do, which although cliche will help everyone, whether in ELC or Year 12, to get through very difficult experiences which may seem impossible.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you say, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
While academics are important, it is just as valuable if not more valuable that you develop your relationships with others. It is these relationships you build now which will guide you through the duration of your schooling.
It’s okay to not know what you want to do after year 12. Rather use the opportunity that Pulteney provides to try a variety of subjects, sport, instruments and other co-curricular activities with the goal to find a passion.
In finding this passion you will be one step closer in discovering your career path.
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said “Ignore the naysayers and work like hell”. Whilst academics, sport, relationships or life in general can be tough at times, building resilience and working hard is so important to coming back stronger.
Although failure is tough, not getting the grade you want is not the end of the world. Breathe, practice it again, and keep trying for next time. Going through prep and middle school, I would feel awful and disheartened if I got a bad result. Only now, in year 12 as an experienced failer, have I learnt that your results only show what you knew at the time. I’m not saying you should try to get bad grades at all, but if you do, putting in the practice and getting a good result the next time is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things, so work towards that feeling.
Take time out to look after yourself and participate in things that you actually feel gratified by. Your mental health and contentment in life are two things which you cannot sacrifice as a means to attain what you think you may want at the time. The best goals you can set for yourself are the ones that allow you to work hard and grow, but do so with a smile on your face.
Pick your battles - school is one big balancing act, between friends, academics and co-curricular - and the importance of these will change over time. Don’t spend all of middle school stressing over tests but don’t be afraid to turn down a party invite in year eleven and twelve. The ATAR might be the most tangible thing you take away from school but make the most of your friends too while you still get to see them every day.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2020 Student Prefects for the leadership roles that they have undertaken this year, especially in the midst of COVID-19.
Over the coming weeks please keep our Year 12 students in your thoughts and prayers, especially as they say their farewells to our school community, enter into swap back, sit their exams and celebrate the end of their exams and their achievements.