Pathways 

A word from VCE COORDINATOR

SYLVIA PASTORE

Ms Pastore
Ms Pastore

What a crazy year it has been. While it seems like forever when I spoke to the boys at the beginning of the year about the expectations and the fact that the exams will be here before we know it, it also seems like it was just yesterday when I sat them down to explain to them the aims of the year. The students have endured so much this year, yet they managed to complete their studies with resilience and motivation, characteristics that I believe have been fostered through their time here at CBC. 

 

They may have missed out on some of the milestones that VCE students experience, however, they have gained so much more. Their mindset is more focused and the relationships that they have formed during their time at CBC have become more meaningful than ever. I am truly inspired by the drive that each of the students has shown when completing their studies and then by the focus they have demonstrated for their exams.

 

The students embarked on their exams this week and while the exams are an important part of the VCE, I believe the students have already succeeded. They have shown that they are adaptable, resilient and willing to persevere. They are determined young people who will succeed in whatever they put their minds to. This year has shown that whatever comes their way, they will be able to overcome any obstacles and work to their potential. These are values that they will leave CBC with and will ensure that they are successful in all their endeavours.

 

Every year on their last day, I sit the Year 12 students down and I read to them my favourite book from Dr Seuss “Oh the Places You’ll Go”. I remind them of the journey they have taken and ask them to reflect on their first day of school, where they would have sat wide-eyed listening to their first teacher read them a story. While the students initially think this is childish, and question why I do this, their reservations become overcome with the flashback of being a child and  they quickly become spellbound by the words in the book and the messages it is trying to convey. It always brings a tear to my eye when I see the boys so engrossed and attentive in the book.  They remind me of young students beginning their adventure of school. Yet they are young adults leaving the security of school for a bigger adventure. 

 

And while their exams are an important element of their final year of school as quoted by Dr Seuss, and whatever their results will be, they have already succeeded. They have become young men who will truly forge a path of their own. They will move mountains and make us proud. In fact they have already made us proud. I bumped into an old student and his words resonated with me: 'The ATAR is only important for a day. After that, you will get into your course and you will do what you have to to achieve.' I believe that once every student finds their path, they will truly succeed. In the words of Dr Seuss:

 

You have brains in your head. 

You have feet in your shoes. 

You can steer yourself 

any direction you choose.

 

I wish all the students the best as they undertake both the VCAA exams and the Unit 2 exams and I also congratulate the parents and guardians who have been a major part of their journey this year. 

 

Sylvia Pastore | VCE Coordinator 

A word from CAREERS COUNSELLOR MANDY ELLWOOD

Ms Ellwood
Ms Ellwood

The English exam is done – a long and daunting experience for many - and a few more exams have been completed this week with many more to go. Whilst most students have seemed happy, there are always a few young people that worry over what they could have said and done. The usual messages we give are that exams are not there to trap you, but a mechanism to allow the student to show what they have learned and understood, and that exams are only a percentage of the marks for the year. Lady Macbeth famously said “What’s done cannot be undone” and headed to bed for the “Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care.”

 

The often-quoted American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave us this:

 

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

 

It is such an important life-lesson for us all to let go of being wracked with regret and unable to move forward. For young people it is something we should actively encourage. Not to lead an unexamined life, but to reflect, learn and move forward each day. Young people will also change their minds and discover new possibilities as they move forward, so they should always feel comfortable changing directions - maybe a little, maybe a lot - in their pursuit of finding their niche.

 

A vital point for the Class of 2020 to remember is that their results are not the end. For most, their scores, qualifications and ATARs will allow them to easily move on to the next stage of their education, but for many more there will always be a range of pathways leading to their current goals. This is one way that I am able to assist students and parents during the Change of Preference period when the results are published on 30 December. Bookings can be made for face-to face and Teams meetings during that time, using the usual Careers Appointments system on Simon. So, do not be “cumbered” with regret or embarrassment. Let us find you a new path and restore hope.

 

Mandy Ellwood | Careers Counsellor