Supporting Year 12 students through the HSC exam block
Conversation | | 23rd September 2020
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone – not least of which our year 12 students.
Their world and major exams have been turned upside down and inside out through the effects of the Coronavirus.
We in the PULSE team would like to encourage congregations to rise to the challenge in supporting our senior high school students as they enter into this vital exam period, and offer a number of ways you and your congregation can get directly involved:
1) PRAY every day for the Year 12s in your congregation and within your community. Pray for peace amidst chaos and confusion; pray for clarity of mind and quick retention of important information; and pray for a calming of their nerves and anxieties.
2) REMIND them they are not defined by their results – that their value is much more than how well they do in their exams, however that their close attention to these exams will assist them as they make choices about university and beyond.
3) ENCOURAGE them to go to the PULSE Facebook page every weekday morning at 7am during the exam period for a brief time of prayer and reflection. The PULSE team, along with a range of School and University chaplains, will be present to take prayer requests and offer some corporate care for Year 12s across the state.
4) BLESS your Year 12s with a hamper of goodies to help get them through this exam period. Your hamper might include some lollies, energy drink, bottled water, chips, nut/trail mix, as well as personal notes of support from members of your congregation. Aim to put these together and deliver them by Monday 19 October – the day before the HSC exams start. (Alternatively, connect with your local high school principal and see if there’s an opportunity to work together with the school to support students – perhaps a breakfast of sausages, bacon, eggs on the bbq or something. Be creative!)
As a part of your hampers PULSE have been able to gain sponsorship for a small number of packages (200 total) to add into your hampers, including a $10 voucher from the Coffee Club thanks to UFS and a $50 voucher from streaming service Stan. We’d love to offer these to you to add to your hampers for your Year 12s – please contact Joyce, Ofa or Molk to let us know how many you need and we’ll get them to you as quickly as we can.
Thank you for your continued love, care and support of the young people in your church and community.
Molk is the Senior Field Officer (North), and responsible for young adult ministry as a part of the PULSE team.