Years 7, 8 and 9 Program Leader | Mr Damien Coman

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

(John Wooden Former UCLA Basketball Coach).

As I enjoyed watching both Richmond win the AFL grand final and then Melbourne win the NRL grand final, I knew I wasn’t just watching teams that were talented but also had a very strong work ethic. The story behind the victories is always of more interest to me. Melbourne are renowned for being the epitome of professionalism when it comes to their training, team culture but also the planning by both coaching staff and players. The result seems to be an unstoppable machine, but this is achieved one day at a time with consistency over a season.

As our students look down the remaining seven weeks of a short term they must ensure that the plan is completed early. The boys have the opportunity to do this in their first Formation lesson. They should then put their weekly plan up in front of their study area at home.

All students will receive their checklist booklet which contains all assessment dates and notes the Head of Faculty for all subjects in which students have an exam. A ‘checklist’ is provided and boys should ensure they make their way through this list. Notes on these are then written in the booklet. A student’s study plan needs to reflect this checklist to also indicate when they are revising and what they are revising.

In addition to our study skills in Formation this term, the following topics will also be facilitated:

Year 7 – Emotions, The Adolescent Brain, Anti-Bullying.

Year 8 – Emotional Intelligence, Being a Gentleman, The Perils of Alcohol and Drugs.

Year 9 – Masculinity, John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.