Orientation Days – Class of 2025
What a joy it was to welcome the class of 2025 to the College for their Orientation Days. While some students literally skipped into the College, others were a little more tentative. After meeting our warm and caring group of Senior Student Leaders, the girls quickly adjusted to their orientation experience.
The Orientation Days offered at Loreto help our new students learn more about College life. Our new students met others and started making connections with a wider social circle. They participated in a number of activities designed to inform them about the many programs on offer at the College. Choices were made regarding extra-curricular activities, as well as elective subjects in curriculum areas such as Languages, the Arts and Technologies. While much of the curriculum is mandated in the junior years of high school, our current Year 7 students have identified that the provision of some autonomy in their learning journey is one of the highlights of the College Curriculum.
The provision of autonomy in education for students has an important impact on student motivation according to the American Psychological Association. There is a strong connection between student motivation and self-determination (McCombs, 2019). A sense of empowerment helps students develop greater ownership of their learning, which is one of the key aims of a Loreto education, that is, to support the development of “empowered women of conscience and compassion”.
Daniel Pink’s work on motivation, drawn from research of Farlow and Deci, also supports the link between motivation and autonomy. He identified that the provision of autonomy can enhance our creativity and innovation (Pink, 2009). Knowing that the workplace of the future and the challenges of the modern world require creative and innovative thinkers, it is vital that we provide opportunities for our students to grow these skills in a caring and challenging environment.
The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians has identified that successful learners are:
“Creative, innovative and resourceful, and are able to solve problems in ways that draw upon a range of learning areas and disciplines… (who are) motivated to reach their full potential.”
Melbourne Declaration, 2008
We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to the College next year to empower each student to discover her potential.