Dear Parents and Students,

Year 9 is a very exciting learning year at Marian Catholic College.
We acknowledge the learning styles of each student, challenge them to be the very best that they can in all that they do and support them as they enter into a new phase in their life.

The Year 9 and 10 program has been specially designed to cater for the needs of students within this age group. It is a time of increasing independence for young adolescents as they strive to develop an identity for themselves that is separate to that of the key adults in their lives. Peer groups become increasingly important as they begin to formulate an identity for themselves. The program is designed to enable students to use this time of exploration and self discovery as the basis of their learning.

Being given safe environments in which to make decisions and choices also becomes important as students feel comfortable enough to take risks. These risks involve students thinking through situations, predicting consequences and taking responsible action. The program provides a model for students, as it sets up opportunities for students to take risks in their learning before they need to apply those skills to the outside world. As a result, they can become more independent and face decision-making situations with confidence and knowledge that they have the skills to make the right choices.

As students make some important decisions about their future studies, they also begin planning for their life beyond school. It is essential that some careful thought is given to this process. Students are encouraged to draw on the advice of teachers, parents and caregivers, and reflect on current work ethic, areas of success and personal interests as part of their discerning process. Choices should be appropriate personal ones and not choices based on what friends are doing or because a particular teacher usually teaches that subject.

I wish you well as you move into the Stage 5 at Marian and encourage you to make the most of the endless possibilities that your future learning will bring you.

With kind regards,

Mr Alan Le Brocque