New partnerships, HPE Week and inspirational speakers

Monday 20 October 2014

Our commitment to global education at St Catherine’s continues with a recent School Tour conducted through China over the recent September holiday period. The Language and Humanities Study Tour travelled to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai to foster improved intercultural competence and Chinese language proficiency. I was fortunate to join the group for three days, where in Beijing I signed a partnership agreement on behalf of St Catherine’s School with the He Ping Jie High School.

To support our Asian education studies, St Catherine’s has also partnered with The Confucius Institute at The University of Melbourne. The Confucius Classroom Schools Program provides additional funding and pedagogical support for the development of Chinese language programs and initiatives. St Catherine’s is one of only nine schools selected for the program in Victoria. With the growing importance of the China-Asia relationship, many parents see the value in their daughter learning Chinese and the recent Study Tour was an extension of this classroom curriculum.

Our Year 9 girls traveling on the Study Tour quickly developed proficiencies around Chinese language and etiquette, in addition to some clearly defined bargaining skills in the one hour allocated for shopping! My favourite day was visiting the Terracotta Warriors in Xian; a truly extraordinary experience walking around a museum of such magnitude; I thoroughly recommend visiting.

This week at school, we have enjoyed the celebrations of HPE Week with an abundance of healthy lifestyle options for the girls to experience. Lunch time activities included Zumba Dancing, fresh fruit smoothies that required pedal power on a stationary bike to blend and an inspirational Address from 1996 / 2000 Australian Olympian Lee Naylor. Lee shared some of her life experiences and the opportunities she grasped as a young elite athlete. The thrill of 100 000 spectators at the Sydney Olympics cheering during her 400m race and as a member of Cathy Freeman's relay team (as it was titled), Lee encouraged the girls to make the most of every opportunity, to accept failure and not always coming first as part of the journey and to enjoy the immense ‘flip in the belly’ with life’s exceptional experiences.

These messages were certainly repeated by St Catherine's Old Girl and Winter Olympian at SOCHI this year, Anna Segal, at the Snowsports Dinner on Tuesday evening. Students from the Junior and Senior Schools were enthralled by Anna's story, as she spoke of her emerging career from school girl competitor to one of the leading members of the Australian team. Her never give up attitude, positive outlook even through a debilitating knee injury and her appreciation for the support by her parents throughout her career provided our girls in the audience with an outstanding role model.

Mrs Michelle Carroll

Principal

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