Making the most of year 11 and 12

The final 2 years of school will be rewarding and challenging. You’ll find that year 11 and 12 will fly by. So how to get the most out of school before you hit the outside world? Here are some tips.

Making the most of year 11 and 12

The final 2 years of school will be rewarding and challenging. You’ll find that year 11 and 12 will fly by. So how to get the most out of school before you hit the outside world? Here are some tips.

Do extra-curricular activities that you enjoy

School isn’t just studying and exams. Doing activities after school that you love are just as important too. Whether it’s music, sport, drama, arts and crafts, dancing, cooking, or anything else that makes you happy, put it in your timetable and do it regularly. It will act as a reward to look forward to and help you have a rounded and balanced school life.

Look for a leadership role in your school

As a year 11 or 12 you are automatically a school leader for the younger students. Maybe you want to take on extra responsibilities in your school such as student representative council, or school, house, or class captain, depending on what your school has to offer.

Or perhaps you want to start a club that doesn’t exist in your school. Or lead a group or project that helps the local community or start a fundraising initiative for your school. If you have ideas for new projects or groups, talk to your school and use all the support and resources that are available.

More work experience never hurts

You probably did work experience in year 10. But why stop with one work placement? The more work experience you do, the more you’ll be able to find out what you like and don’t like.

This time, you will have to organise work experience directly with employers, so look for organisations that provide a structured work experience program. Doing unpaid work experience gives you a great chance to make contacts and be considered for jobs once you leave school.

Volunteering is another option to consider. You may want to volunteer for a charity, community or not for profit organisation. You’ll pick up great new skills and it looks good on a CV.

Use school resources while you can

For instance, the library for research, the school’s technologies such as computers, printers, video and audio, design and photography resources. Maybe you want to create a portfolio of your student work to show employers when you leave school. Or you may just want to use the available resources to develop and build up your skills. Don’t forget to chat to your careers counsellor or teachers that you get on well with, about your life after school.

Healthy self-esteem

Self-esteem can affect your motivation, mental wellbeing, and your overall quality of life. Work on developing a healthy self-esteem (neither too high or too low). Having healthy self-esteem can help motivate you to reach your goals, because you know that you are capable of accomplishing what you set your mind to. It also helps you set appropriate boundaries in relationships and maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and others. You can nurture healthy self-esteem when you:

  • Avoid dwelling on negative past experiences

  • Believe you are equal to everyone else - no better and no worse

  • Express your needs in a calm, ordered way

  • Feel confident

  • Choose to have a positive outlook on life

  • Say no when you want to

  • See and accept your overall strengths and weaknesses.

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Visit Stay Healthy HSC to find resources to stay healthy, stay active and keep connected during the HSC.

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