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Setting Wellbeing Goals

Term 3 is a busy time for all members of a school community but particularly for Year 12 students, who are embarking on their final term of formal secondary education. It is an important time to reflect on what has been achieved so far in the school year and think critically about learning. This reflective nature helps students value the experience, and identify strengths as learners, as individuals and as members of a group.  Part of reflecting is to grow and develop as learners and as people. 

The Year 12 students have spent time in the first two pastoral periods this term reflecting on and identifying their personal values and core beliefs. Students were then asked to identify some short and long-term wellbeing goals that were underpinned by those values. Emerging research increasingly shows personal goal setting and motivation is tied to being well and reducing anxiety. 

For this final full term of schooling, it is important to set goals that are not only linked to academic aspirations, but also foster students’ sense of emotional wellbeing. Having goals in other life domains such as leisure and recreation, health and relationships can help students enhance their sense of wellbeing. 

Research also shows the pursuit of goals itself is good for oneself, whether you achieve your goal or not. It helps us develop a sense of identity, make positive adjustments in life and promotes psychological wellbeing and resilience.

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Term 3 is a busy time for all members of a school community but particularly for Year 12 students, who are embarking on their final term of formal secondary education. It is an important time to reflect on what has been achieved so far in the school year and think critically about learning. This reflective nature helps students value the experience, and identify strengths as learners, as individuals and as members of a group.  Part of reflecting is to grow and develop as learners and as people. 

The Year 12 students have spent time in the first two pastoral periods this term reflecting on and identifying their personal values and core beliefs. Students were then asked to identify some short and long-term wellbeing goals that were underpinned by those values. Emerging research increasingly shows personal goal setting and motivation is tied to being well and reducing anxiety. 

For this final full term of schooling, it is important to set goals that are not only linked to academic aspirations, but also foster students’ sense of emotional wellbeing. Having goals in other life domains such as leisure and recreation, health and relationships can help students enhance their sense of wellbeing. 

Research also shows the pursuit of goals itself is good for oneself, whether you achieve your goal or not. It helps us develop a sense of identity, make positive adjustments in life and promotes psychological wellbeing and resilience.