A warm welcome back to you all as we commence Term Three. Believe it or not, we’re more than half way through the educational year already and now a period filled with truly exciting and innovative educational opportunity awaits.
At the time of writing, we are preparing for our Bosco Subject Selection Evening (Thursday 19 July). No doubt many of you attended this event and embraced the chance to become better informed regarding learning options for 2019 and beyond.
Even though we begin this process effectively four and a half months before classes convene, the decision making process can still feel rushed and I have always empathised with students and parents who find this process daunting. For many, it is the first time they have had a real say in the curriculum with which they engage and, while there’s lots of good advice on offer, frequently this advice is good for some but not all. So, at the risk of adding to the confusion, here are some suggestions for approaching the decision making process based on my own personal experience.
• In considering what is involved in studying a subject, the best source of information is the Bosco Subject Handbook. I urge students especially to read this carefully in order to orientate themselves to what is expected of them in their subjects of interest. Also, students and families should consult widely with those members of the college community who can provide insight into a subject based on their own experience and expertise.
• Spend some time considering how a subject is taught and assessed. It is quite common for this aspect of the decision making process to be overlooked or underestimated. Every subject we offer at the Bosco campus comes with a degree of academic rigour and an expectation that students will need to put in a genuine effort. Candidly, there are no ‘bludge’ subjects. Indeed, the subjects which may appear to be ‘easy’ because they don’t seem to have many assessments from week to week, tend require the most diligence and attention to time management. They will all require an effort so it is a good idea to understand the nature of this.
• Try not to over emphasise who is involved in the study of a subject. The one constant in a student’s education is themselves. It is always a comfort when students retain a teacher with whom they already have a strong working relationship or find themselves in the same class as close friends, however, these are short term influences at best. In the long run, other factors matter more.
• Be honest and consider carefully why you want to study a subject. Ultimately, students tend to invest their effort and energy in the subjects they like (admittedly this is a relative term) and feel they can succeed in. Choosing a subject because you think you should do it or other people suggest you should do it comes with a degree of risk.
New Year 12 Study Area in the CLC
While the recent opening of the Ciantar Learning Commons is an exciting event for the College as a whole, it also comes with a particularly exciting and innovative opportunity for the Year 12 students in Bosco. A forum was held recently with myself, Chief Librarian Ms Vicki Hudson, and student leadership to consult and collaborate on how best to use the remarkable learning environment set aside for Year 12s in which to study. The area will undoubtedly provide an inspiring space for our 12s as they complete Unit 4 and prepare for exams. I thank them and commend them for their contribution in helping to establish engagement in learning where we are collaboratively responsible.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast