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From the Principal

Author: Gary O'Brien
Author Role: Principal

As we reach the end of an extremely busy but rewarding term, I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown me in my new role. From the Prep students through to the Year 12s, the teachers, support staff and broader community, I have been truly overwhelmed by the way I have been embraced. During the past few months, I have experienced what makes the CHAC community so precious; our culture and spirit is something we need to guard, protect and encourage to flourish.

At Assemblies throughout the term, I have spoken to students about grit. Grit is the passion and perseverance required to overcome the obstacles and challenges that lie in the path of worthwhile accomplishments, and it is a trait that I believe is pivotal for future success. There are many infographics that visually represent this concept, a few of which are shown below.

Angela Lee Duckworth—a leading American Psychologist and Researcher in the field—expands on its application not only in education but also in other areas of human endeavour. Angela also discusses the concept of a mindset, and the part it has to play in human success. The commonly used terms are fixed and growth mindsets and, while there is a continuum in play between these two extremes, the more we move our mindsets and thinking in the direction of a growth mindset, the greater our capacity for personal success and achievement. 

The self-talk described in this infographic is very significant. A growth mindset says:

  • My effort and attitude determine everything, rather than my ability
  • When I fail, I learn, rather than when I fail, I am no good
  • When I am frustrated, I persevere, rather than when I am frustrated, I give up
  • I can learn anything I want to, rather than I am either good at it or I am not

I remind students they have the power to change things for the better, and they can start now by taking one small step at a time. 

Please remember that next Wednesday 3 April, CHAC will host its inaugural CHAC Talk. During the evening, we will hear from guest speaker Dr Baden U'Ren, Director of the Bond University Business Commercialisation Centre. 

This event is the first in a series of presentations aimed at keeping our students and the broader community abreast of cutting-edge developments in the world beyond the school gates.

Admission to the CHAC Talk is free.

Register to attend

I wish everyone a restful and refreshing Easter break and look forward to welcoming everyone back to another action-packed, fun-filled Term 2.