Goal setting, memorisation techniques, study skills, managing major works, balancing priorities, avoiding procrastination, relaxation and stress management and improving writing: for Year 12 students The Armidale School’s first Activities Day for the year (28 February) involved practical workshops which gave specialist assistance in helping their journey to the HSC.
While those in younger years were involved in the cadet program, starting their surf bronze medallion accreditation at Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club or learning about fire fighting pumps with Dumaresq RFS Brigade, the school’s most senior students were given tools to assist them manage the pressure of the coming months.
Addressing the cohort at the start of the day, Headmaster Murray Guest said five such days would be devoted to adding value to the study program by presenting material and offering experiences that may not be found in individual subject curricula.
Through the morning students rotated through various specialist sessions including building mind maps, an introduction to yoga and tips for putting together major work portfolios.
“There is no doubt that the HSC year is a demanding one for all students as they balance the often conflicting demands of their academic studies and the many other opportunities that come with being a senior student at a school like TAS,” Mr Guest said.
“When approached well, it is also most likely to be the most satisfying, enjoyable and memorable year of school and this Year 12 program is designed to assist our students to achieve that.”
Year 12 student Molly McLachlan said the workshops were really valuable.
“The sessions I went to on creative writing, memorisation techniques and study skills were helped me a lot and I picked up much more than I thought I would. I’ve got a Visual Arts major work and there were some great ideas on motivation and dealing with procrastination that should really help me manage that,” she said.