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← The Millennial Adolescent

A warm welcome to Term 2 to all families and in to particular, to new families joining the college this term. I am also pleased to welcome the following new staff:

  • Mr Matthew Unsworth: Middle and Senior Years Mathematics
  • Mr Wayne Lobo: Year 7 Mathematics and Science
  • Mrs Susanne Cole: Library Technician
  • Ms Toni Scott: Performing Arts Administration Assistant

The Millennial Adolescent

I am often asked if there is any secret formula for managing and getting through the middle years of schooling by both current and prospective parents. Unfortunately there is no secret attached to successful parenting through these years. It is more about understanding the developmental and physiological changes and the cultural and societal influences that impact on young people during the ages of 10 to 15.

I do advise parents to keep in close contact with their child's teachers because the middle years teachers play an extremely important role. The teachers are responsible for providing an education but they also act as role models; mentors; guides; disciplinarians; managers; designers; assessors of learning.

Therefore, teachers can be the best partners for parents helping them with the challenges that many young people face during this time as well as reassuring parents that the technological, societal and global influences that help shape their children's academic and social developement can be very beneficial when managed appropriately.

Demographers and educational researchers refer to this current generation as the Millenial Adolescents or the Mil Gens (Millenial Generation). Mil Gen characteristics:

  • They are computer and Internet competent, multi-taskers with a global perspective.
  • They respond best to visual language and are heavily influenced by the media.
  • They love the thrill of interactive games and for them, time is measured in seconds.
  • They have a different focus on team work, achievement, modesty and good conduct, and parents and teachers still need to be a powerful and positive influence in these areas.
  • Mil Gens live in a world where globalisation is the norm and they are regarded as a generation with enormous potential - a youth generation that will 'quit talking and start doing' (Strauss and Howe, 2000).

You will note that this description of the Mil Gen Adolescent by Strauss and Howe was written some years ago and we are all aware of how entrepreneurial and globally focused many young people are today simply because of the technology available to them. Ref:Pedergast, D & Bahr, N (2007) The Millennial Adolescent

Recently I came across a graduation speech from Emma, 2012 College Captain, which contained many references to her middle school years and the role that her teachers played in helping her to grow and develop into the confident young woman that she was by graduation. Emma did not mention the influence of technology because it was accepted that this was an integral part of her toolkit for learning, nor did she mention social media which has required parental and teacher guidance over the years. She did, however emphasise the importance of her teachers in helping the students manage the turbulent middle years.

I share with you an extract from Emma's graduation speech:

"For many of us, Middle School marked the start of our Trinity journey, while for others, the step up to a new campus, new teachers and new students became life changing. Our cheeky and over confident antics were short lived and our attempts to continue ruling the school as we had done at Trinity Primary School, failed on numerous occasions! However, none of this seemed to matter after a few weeks of settling into our new chapter of life at Trinity. In no time at all, the Middle School motto of 'You, Me, Trinity' was exemplified through the teachers and the students, and we felt that we were very much part of the community. You, Me, Trinity became the spirit in which we were treated. We were so much more than 'just a job’, for our teachers and we were more than 'just the babies' of the Middle School. Our ideas were equally as important as those of the older students.

From day one the focus was on more than our academic performance or our ability to play sport, play an instrument, act or sing and dance. The focus was on each one of us (the whole person) and what made each of us so unique. Time was taken during Pastoral Care and Christian Studies lessons to help us develop healthy relationships with our teachers and fellow students and to help us understand ourselves.

Middle School was not always a breeze as we were faced with typical teenage angst, friendship breakdowns, self-doubt and dramas. We were growing physically and we were trying to keep it together emotionally. It was a time that dramatically changed our lives for the better"... to be continued.

Mrs Carrie Allwood
Head of Campus, Middle & Senior Years

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