Class of 2021 VCE Results
After a second year of disturbed study and preparation for VCE, the students of St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar have achieved another year of wonderful VCE results gained in the toughest conditions by a truly resilient cohort of great people. In partnership and with the support of their dedicated teachers, they learnt more about themselves as … Continued
From the Head of Junior School – 5 November 2020
The recent spring weather has not only lifted our spirits but it has brought us warmer days, hayfever for some, beautiful roses and flowers in bloom in the school grounds and it reminds us that the end of the year is nigh. There has been a lot happening in the Junior School. Preparations have been … Continued
I found myself having a moment over the weekend… the kind of moment that causes you to stop and reflect. I was sitting at my favourite café for the first time in months, the sun was shining and my dog was on my lap and my partner sitting across the table from me. It felt … Continued
A Meditation on Connection
Over the past few days I have, like many teachers and other school leaders, farewelled the Class of 2020, in this case, a group of respectful, kind, funny and service-oriented young men who had one of the most challenging final years as a cohort imaginable. They were farewelled fondly by their teachers and they then … Continued
What’s Your Personal Mantra?
My mother had this line she repeated over and over when I was growing up and letting little things bother me… In the whole scheme of life, it really doesn’t matter. At the time, it drove me nuts. I felt it was the most unempathetic response to what seemed like very real teenage tragedies like … Continued
How Are You Talking To Yourself?
In our last article on turning around difficult situations, we touched on the important concept of self-talk. Self-talk, or internal dialogue, represents the words we tell ourselves quietly as we move through life and just like the words spoken to us by the people around us, they have power and resonance. Young people and adults … Continued
How To Turn A Bad Situation Around
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that are less than desirable – Hamlet called them the “slings and arrow of outrageous fortune”. Like Hamlet – sometimes these situations are of our own devising, and at other times the challenges that face us come from external sources and are outside of our control. Equally as frustrating … Continued
From the Head of Junior School – 19 October
It is a very long time since I have been able to write to the community via Campus News and it is a good feeling. Welcoming the ELC children back to campus on Monday 5 October and Prep to Year 6 children on Monday 12 October was pure joy and they have all assimilated back … Continued
How To Master Your Habits For Success!
Have you got a bad habit you are keen to break? Need a few tips to “hack” yourself and the reasons we give ourselves for not doing things we know we are going to benefit from? Let’s face it – doing the right thing is an effort sometimes, and starting a new health kick or … Continued
How to Make the Most of the Loosening of Restrictions
Nowadays, when I talk to people about lockdown restrictions, the conversations take a decidedly exhausted turn. Although we all support each other and realise that this strategy has led to great results – nearly 11 weeks in lockdown is taking its toll on our Mental Health. And rightly so – it has made it harder … Continued
Why Do We Escape to Nature?
The wind in my hair, fresh air all around and time with my dog… I do enjoy starting my day with a walk. A little bit of exercise helps me wake up, and helps me feel like the day begins with doing something good for myself, and taking something off my list of things to … Continued
Courage and Determination
Covid19 has brought us many challenges this year, and at Berwick Grammar we have used our wellbeing themes to start conversations about the kind of habits, mindsets and tools we can use to bolster our wellbeing during periods of challenge. In Term 2, we embraced Humour as a way to lighten the difficult load, sharing … Continued