I invite everyone to renewed hope, for hope “speaks to us of something deeply rooted in every human heart, independently of our circumstances and historical conditioning. Hope speaks to us of a thirst, an aspiration, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to achieve great things, things that fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love… Hope is bold; it can look beyond personal convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon, and it can open us up to grand ideals that make life more beautiful and worthwhile”. Let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope.

Pope Francis – Fratelli Tutti

Welcome back to Term 4! I hope you have enjoyed some valuable family time over the break.

I always feel excited and ready for the new term that I hardly sleep the night before. Term 4 is always an interesting term as we finish off the year and try our best to achieve our goals and start looking forward and planning for the following year. It is a constant juggling act of staying in the here and now and planning in the background for 2021. I have been reading some of Pope Francis's new encyclical Fratelli Tutti over the last few days. I selected a section above which focuses on hope…. “so let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope”.

Psychologists in their research have determined that hope matters a lot. Hope consists of agency and pathways. The person who has hope has the will and determination that goals will be achieved, and a set of different strategies at their disposal to reach their goals. Put simply: hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.

Hope is important because life is full of challenges and obstacles, which we have seen world-wide this year, having goals is not enough; we want to work towards achieving them. Hope allows people to approach problems and challenges with a mindset and strategies suitable for success, therefore increasing their chances of achieving success.

Hope-related cognitions are important. Hope leads to learning goals, which are conducive to growth and improvement. When our children have learning goals, they are actively engaged in their learning, constantly planning strategies to meet their goals, and monitoring their progress to stay on track. Research shows that learning goals are positively related to success across a range of experiences in life, academic, sport and so much more! I encourage you to talk to your children about what goals they have created for Term 4.