Pastoral Care Year of Perseverance

Marymount Secondary School 2023-2024

Year of Perseverance


Be joyful in hope, persevere in hardship; keep praying regularly. Romans 12:12



Aim: To cultivate students’ Spiritual Wellness, Physical Well-being and Positive Accomplishments so that they are able to pursue a goal or passion over time, and stick with it even if they encounter setbacks and challenges.


Dimension Focus


(From both the religious perspectives and general understanding)

Expected behaviour

Spiritual Wellness



Believe in oneself Believing in yourself means having confidence in your own capabilities and to follow through on your commitments, with the conviction that your efforts will lead to the desired results. It is about discovering our own strengths and weaknesses, and allowing our talents to shine. Believing in yourself is an essential part of overcoming selfdoubt and stepping out of your comfort zone. When we believe in ourselves and our abilities, we are able to take risks with greater confidence and resilience, and achieve greater success.
  • Realize one’s talents and strengths
  • Be brave to trial and error
  • Practise positive self-talk
Develop a Growth Mindset Growth mindset refers to our core belief that abilities and intelligence, rather than being innate or static, can be developed and improved with effort, dedication, and the right strategies. People with a growth mindset tend to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the path to mastery, learn from criticism and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others. The power of "yet" is a key aspect in the growth mindset, emphasising that success is a journey, and setbacks are merely opportunities for growth and learning.
  • Embrace the power of “yet”
  • Focus on progress over result 
  • Find God/ Good in all things
  • Find value in feedback and criticism
  • Learn from mistakes and failure

Physical Well-being



Cultivate a healthy lifestyle Adopting a healthy lifestyle can be instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals more easily. By maintaining a consistent schedule for exercise and sleep and a balanced diet, our physical fitness and energy levels can be boosted, leading to greater productivity and focus. Having a routine can also help us better manage our time, reduce the risk of procrastination and increase overall efficiency.
  • Practise eating healthy
  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep a consistent and healthy sleep schedule
  • Set limits on screen time

Positive Accomplishments



Set realistic goals Goal setting is essential to our personal growth and development, as it provides a clear direction and a sense of purpose for our efforts. By setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals, we can identify our objectives and devise an action plan to achieve them. Goal orientation is closely linked to time management. By setting specific deadlines and milestones for our goals, we can prioritise tasks and manage our time more wisely. Regularly reviewing and refining our action plan can also help us stay on track, identify obstacles or areas for improvement, and make changes to our plan as necessary. It is important to remember that the evaluation process should focus on our own progress, rather than getting sidetracked by others’ progress or achievement.
  • Set SMART goals (Review, Reflect, Revise)
  • Learn to manage your time wisely
  • Focus on your own progress but not others
Make enough effort to achieve your goals

Perseverance and effort are essential qualities for success. Both are interrelated and complement each other. Without perseverance, we may give up easily when things get tough, and without effort, perseverance alone may not be enough to achieve success.


In fact, effort counts twice because it not only builds skill but also makes skill productive.


Talent x Effort = Skill

Skill x Effort = Achievement


This formula emphasizes the importance of hard work and dedication over innate abilities or talents. Self-discipline is also crucial in the process, as it keeps us focused and motivated. Through self-discipline, perseverance and effort, we can reach our full potential and achieve our goals.


  • Work hard for your goals
  • Persist through difficulties
  • Seek support from peers, teachers, family and friends