Katrina Reynen OAM

Goodbye from Skyline Chair

It is with a sense of sadness yet personal gratification, that I announce my resignation as Chair of
the Skyline Education Foundation Board and my retirement from the Skyline board, after sixteen
years of dedication to this board. I am equally delighted to hand over the reins for the next phase
of our journey to incoming Chair Stephen Adrian with my confidence and very best wishes.

Modern Mentoring

Mentoring has benefits for all parties, including increased self-confidence and self-awareness, leadership and communication skills, exposure to new and different perspectives, a wider personal network and Increased job satisfaction. Mentees (those being mentored) can benefit from gaining access to role models they might otherwise not meet, and having an advocate who supports them, often resulting in reduced anxiety.

De-stressing the ATAR

More and more tertiary courses now accept students without an ATAR score. They believe the ATAR ranking says nothing about their other learning capabilities, prior achievements, potential or application. So every year there are more alternatives to the ATAR. And for personal wellbeing, there is no point in stressing in pursuit of those often too-well publicised numbers.

Pathways and taking the long way round

For most people, their career trajectory does not resemble a rocket heading for the moon. A focus on pathways – including sideways steps through study and employment – can lead to a fulfilling life experience. The 2020 Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis found that the Skyline Program ‘expanded further education and employment pathways’ for participants (Think Impact, 2020).

Facing your fears

Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but there are some common signs and symptoms: a racing heart, faster breathing, feeling tense or having aches (especially in the neck, shoulders and back), sweating or feeling dizzy, shaking and ‘butterflies’ or feeling sick in the stomach.

Fear is a primal protective mechanism in the jungle. Fear can keep us safe. But too much fear, like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), can get in the way of living healthy lives. Researchers are working to understand how the brain translates fear into action.


Belonging is a fundamental human need, coming just above the basic needs of food/shelter and safety in Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs Maslow (1943). In a time when tempestuous climatic change creates uncertainty and the COVID 19 pandemic exacerbates loneliness and social isolation, meaningful connections that lead to a sense of belonging are increasingly valued by all of us.

Learnings from our Residential Program

In the context of Omicron our much anticipated Residential program at Trinity College has been rescheduled to later in the year and instead our Students came together online for a day long masterclass in January. With Year 11 focusing on community, building networks and belonging; our Year 12’s turned their attention on how to tackle the year ahead, finding balance, and identifying personal values paramount to themselves.

Why attend a Residential

Many experts agree that social-emotional learning encompasses self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. These skills are increasingly central to success in school and in professional life beyond, but schools don’t always have the time or capacity to teach community building, goal setting, or problem solving.

Confidence and Capability: a recipe for life

Most senior students in Victoria undertake the VCE: Victorian Certificate of Education. Recently a school principal told Skyline that ‘VCE equals confidence and capability’.

Self-confidence means trust in your capabilities, qualities, and judgment. A healthy sense of self-confidence means having a balanced view of yourself — taking pride in your achievements while learning from disappointments. A growth mindset helps you to build confidence and take on challenges.