26 July, 2021 Academic

100 Days to Success – Motivating our Year 12 students

The St Michael’s Year 12 cohort returned to school this term energised and inspired after attending our 100 Days to Success event at the State Library of Victoria.

The event is now an annual feature of the Year 12 program and takes place on the first day of Term 3 each year. The name 100 Days to Success reflects the countdown to the students’ VCE examinations, and the event is designed to refocus and motivate students as they head into their final semester of secondary education.

Opportunities for Year 12 students to pause, reflect and refine their goals are rare during the VCE year, so it was terrific to create this opportunity with our 100 Days to Success event to start Term 3.Mr Ben Jeacocke, Director (10-12)

The day commenced with a presentation from the State Library of Victoria about how students can utilise libraries as a resource for their academic study, this year and beyond. Then, students were greeted virtually by the highly regarded presenter Nathan Strempel. Nathan spoke about overcoming the fear of failure, the importance of perseverance, and making each moment count in the months ahead.

“Nathan has been such a key part of the event for some time now, so it was terrific that he was able to share his message with students, despite it not being possible to have him join us in person this year. His message to students about having the courage to give the remaining months their best and to be open to opportunities that present themselves as they move on to life beyond school really resonated with the students,” said Mr Ben Jeacocke, Director (10-12).

I thought it was very interesting to learn about different, open and positive mindsets for not only school, but life in general.Matthew, Year 12 student
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As part of the day, students participated in the Elevate Education ‘Finishing Line’ Study Skills Seminar, which examined different approaches to study in the lead-up to the final exams, discussed how to use the SWOTVAC period effectively, and addressed the issues of managing time and energy during the final, often stressful months of Year 12.

The day concluded with a panel discussion featuring the familiar faces of recent St Michael’s graduates, who shared their experience of completing the VCE, the stories of their diverse pathways since finishing Year 12, and their tips for VCE success.

The day was eye-opening. It gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the year and look forward to what challenges may arise during the rest of the year and in our time after Year 12.Daniel, Year 12 student

The event was a fantastic opportunity for our Year 12 2021 students to come together as a cohort, especially since the event fell just before another period of lockdown and online learning began in Melbourne. Students finished the day prepared to head confidently into their final exams and life beyond St Michael’s.