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How a positive mind really can create a healthier body

Spring time always makes me feel good. I do not know if it is the smell of the blooming flowers, the sunshine warming my skin or perhaps it is just my mind realising that the days are getting longer again and that makes me feel positive. At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Alia Crum, who heads the Mind and Body Lab at Stanford University in California, told global movers and shakers that: “Our minds aren’t passive observers simply observing reality as it is; our minds are actually changing reality. The reality we experience tomorrow is partly the product of the mindsets we hold today”. She went on to back up her claims with evidence showing the mysterious influence the mind has over our health and wellbeing.

It got me thinking about the importance of a mindset that is positive and focused on doing and being the best you can be. Could simply changing our attitude make us less stressed, feel better and be overall optimistic? Others have expanded on Crum’s work to explore the impact that our attitudes can have on how our bodies fare over time. Overall, people who view ageing positively live 7.5 years longer than those who associate it with fragility and senility. Wow! This is incredible.

It has also made me stop and think about how our students deal with setbacks. What does a student do when she receives an assessment score that she is not happy with or a sporting result that disappoints? Does she bounce back quickly or sit in a state of despair for a period of time? I am not saying that children cannot experience negative emotions and feelings, but do they move out of it and look for further opportunities to grow and excel? This could be a very good conversation starter for you with your daughter over the dinner table. After all, we want our young people to have optimistic  lives full of promise and opportunity.

Promising opportunities arose this week for the newly elected Student Representative Council (SRC). This completes the final piece of the formal leadership positions for the year ahead. I am confident the students will exercise a growth mindset to their roles and we wish them well. Their photos are in the gallery this week.


SRC Results






Year 8

Emilia Weeding Alice Kevans Zara Warland Zoe Hendrickx

Year 9

Isabella Vigers Molly Haymen Claudia Anderson Sophia Whittaker

Year 10

Molly Carter Emma Davies Luka Swain Nicola Sherwood







Year 8

Olivia Alexander Lily Vander Meeden Miriam McNair Olivia Lucas

Year 9

Thea Whittaker Charlotte Cluff Chanelle Kong Jordyn Richards

Year 10

Bernice O’Brien Greta Kraszula Isabella Price Mia Circosta


Resources of interest

If you would like to read and know more about the Mind and Body Lab at Stanford University, you can access information here.    It also has a link to Alia Crum’s full article, ‘Mind over Matter’ which I know you will find fascinating.


Conversations this week:

Year 12

‘Finishing Well’ Conversation with Ms Watkins

Year 11

On Exams

Year 10

‘Living the Value of Justice’ with Ms McCullough

Year 9

Meeting Ms Kearns and Laptop Care Conversation

Year 8

‘Learning to Learn’ Program with Year 8 Team

Year 7

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day Preparation and Conversation with Year 7 Team


Upcoming Events

Year 11 Student Council Leadership Weekend 15 September to 16 September
Vaccinations Tuesday 18 September | Gymnasium
9.30am to 2.30pm
Leadership Day Monday 24 September
Year 11 Retreat 25 September to 27 September
Various Locations


My best wishes to you and your families for the week ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact me here if you have any questions or concerns about your daughter.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care