The launch of our Year 8 Learning to Learn Program commenced with a key presentation by Eloise Wellings, Olympic Athlete and Charity Founder and Rory Darkins, Psychology Researcher and High Performance Coach.
Eloise’s story is a powerful one of resilience and perseverance. Despite qualifying for the Olympics at 16 years of age, she missed three Olympics due to injury before finally lining up to compete injury free at the London Olympics in 2012. She then went on to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018. She acknowledges her faith in Jesus has given her the strength to keep persevering despite the setbacks. It has also led her to establish a charity, the Love Mercy Foundation, with a goal of empowering communities through sustainable programs in Northern Uganda after a chance meeting with fellow athlete, Ugandan Olympian, Julius Achon.
Following Eloise’s presentation, Rory explained the key truths, mindset and techniques that helped Eloise. This insight enabled students to see how they can transfer this learning to their own experiences.
Eloise’s powerful story of resilience and perseverance and Rory’s insight inspired our students as they embarked on their own personal project.
The Middle School Learning to Learn Program seesYear 8 students work on an Independent Research Task in their chosen area of interest. It is comprised of three key elements – a written folio, a keynote presentation, and a product. Work on the project will continue throughout the year. Amongst other attributes, this project requires resilience and perseverance. Our students may not receive a gold medal but rest assured the rewards will be just as sweet.