Welcome to our QACI community, or as I like to say 'Qack Pack!'
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Year 10 Coordinator for 2021. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Jade Joubert, and I have been with QACI since 2020 teaching in Business Management and Psychology. I am originally from Durban, South Africa - go Springboks! I immigrated to Australia in 2017, with my husband and younger sister. Something you might want to know about me is that I have a slight addiction to netball and I love being outdoors.
I am delighted to be Year 10 Coordinator this year and look forward to supporting the Year 10 flock through their journey at this wonderful school. This year the learners can expect to experience a transformation like no other, both in and outside of the classroom. The IB is created to develop internationally-minded individuals with a common understanding and commitment to make the world a better place. Hence, although the students will experience the academic rigour of the IB curriculum, we hope that they also build mutually beneficial relationships and real-world connections. The importance of these connections can be summed up using a South African Zulu term called 'Ubuntu'. Meaning, "I am because we are". When we participate and engage with the QACI values, we become a community, and when one achieves, we all do. We were afforded a glimpse of this at the Year 10 camp during the Talent Show, Conversation Walks and Big Ups. QACI students are encouraged to continue to build this sense of community by engaging in a range of activities throughout the year: Aquafest, Runfest, Talentfest, Flockfest, creative showcases, debating and enrichment to name a few. Photos of these events and many more can be found on the various QACI social media and website.
One of my goals as a Year 10 Coordinator is to enable students to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. In order to achieve these objectives and support the students in being proactive in their preparation for the year ahead. QACI launched the Strive Program in week 2, and will further build on this in week 3, where their Connect Coaches will distribute a personal Assessment Planner. The Strive program provides the students with a three-step cycle using the Semester Planner, Weekly Timetable and To-Do List to help build organisation, time management and overall wellbeing. I encourage you to check-in with your student on Tuesday evening that they have started this process to help you gain a better insight into what they are doing and how they are progressing emotionally and academically. Positive conversations about what's coming up for them each week and focusing on 'what is going right' helps to reinforce the messages they are receiving at school.
Fostering good relationships with the students is my utmost priority. Hence my role as a Year Coordinator is to liaise between home and school to ensure student wellbeing is at the centre of your child's progress throughout the year.
Please feel free to call or email me throughout the school year.
Year 10 Coordinator
phone (07) 3552 9333