Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Work Life Balance

It seems that over the last couple of years every magazine and weekend tabloid has an article on work life balance. Most of us realise that life is not as simple as that and actually the balance should be more about “have-to’s” and “want-to’s” – or simply put, the things we enjoy doing and the things we have to do. This balance has to change at different times of the year. At this time of year external exams are looming. You will have received the practice exam grades for your child today, along with the current credits gained through internal assessment this year. We have your children at school from 8.45 until 3.15. The ‘have-to’ and ‘want-to’ balance that students will have to sort for themselves outside of school hours for the next six weeks, with your guidance, will have a huge impact on exam results and qualifications. At this stage of the year, all seniors must be committing to daily intensive study at home and realistic employment hours. Research in the past has shown that student self-management and academic success can increase from having a part-time job, but there is a tipping point between an optimum and detrimental number of hours. Please consider your child’s current work life, social life and academic life and help them get the priorities correct for the next few weeks.

Mrs McCormick reminded the staff last week of a quote by Thomas Edison

"Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.”

This could be interpreted as, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework and study.

On Wednesday, we celebrated the successes of some of our seniors who do manage to get the balance right and continue to show commitment across a range of areas in their life. Congratulations to these young people who have shown commitment in their chosen fields – and to their parents who have supported them on this exciting journey. We were pleased to have Erin Criglington as a guest speaker. Erin began cycling in her twenties and has gone on to gain gold medals on the international stage and become a world champion in masters cycling. Erin spoke about the balance she has to have in her life, being a mother of two, and fulltime chartered accountant and an international cyclist. However, her message to the students is that if you dream it, you can do it.

Congratulations to the following students who received a Blues Award:


Bradley Pearce - Speech and Drama

Jose Stuart - Photography

Jenny Mitchell - Music

Jessica Millar - Speech and Drama

Erika Burdon - Speech and Drama

Mackenzie Nicholson - Speech


Celia Dickie - Hockey

Bradley Pearce - Athletics

Ella Brown - Netball and Cricket

Maggie McPhail - Netball

Krystella Baker - Softball and Football

Taniela Waqa - Rugby

Warm Regards,

Kate Nicholson


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