“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII
As one of our school values, hope is a powerful tool in helping us as a community achieve our goals and create a happy and encouraging environment. We spoke with Jasmine, a student in Year 12. Jasmine joined us in year 9 and she shared how hope has given her a new outlook on school life.
What was your biggest hope when you joined St John Bosco Arts College?
When I started St John Bosco in Year nine, I hadn’t settled well in my old school and was looking for something new. I hoped for a solid friendship group and wanted to be around people I aspired to be like,I wanted to grow as a person.
How have you achieved the things that you hoped for?
Everything changed for me at this time, I had good routines, school reinforced why this was important, I was able to build my circle of friends, lots of people helped me, different staff members. I was able to live in the moment and grow into the person I am today. I settled quickly and I’m still very close to the friends I made in my first few days here.
Do you have new hopes for the future?
There are so many things I want to do now. I am hoping to move to Australia after I finish school with my family. I want to study Sport at Murdoch University in Perth and become a teacher. I have been working at St Francis of Assisi on a placement in their sport department to get the experience that I need. I think it's so important to share experiences and help people.
How can we help each other bring more hope into our lives?
I think it's important to see where people need you to reach out. If someone feels they don’t have hope in their life, then simply including them in your plans can make a difference.Making plans with friends, introducing them to new hobbies, trying something new can open so many opportunities you didn’t have before. Feeling included, living in the moment and remembering that your past doesn’t define you is really important in having hope.
If you could give new students any advice, what would it be?
Try to be adventurous,ambitious and hopeful for the best outcome. If youdon’t believe you can, you never will.It's important to be yourself and do what makes you happy, you have the same chance as everyone else. Make sure you take it.