Whilst the formal process of subject selection is over, the time, thought, maturity, dedication and family support that went into these decisions can now shift to students putting maximum effort into their studies. This is what prepares them best for the year ahead. We recommend that students spend some time reflecting on their learning progress over the holiday period and come back ready to tackle Term four with maximum effort, persistence and hard work. In terms of reflection, students can ask themselves three simple questions.
We encourage families to use these questions as conversation starters at home, especially in light of the feedback students have been receiving via Schoolbox throughout the semester.
Many of our Senior Students will be spending time at school over the holiday period with holiday classes and practice exams. We wish them well and hope that they use this valuable time wisely. Many of our past students have said that they approach these exams before they study and use them to “see what we already know”. Whilst that sounds like a reasonable response it’s not a very good use of their time. They should be approaching these exams with a good amount of preparation behind them, using their first week of the break to prepare. These exams should be treated like the end of year exams, and this mindset will really put students in good stead for what they face in the coming months.
Why are we talking about reflection and end of year exams this early? Term four is the term that flies. When we return from our break the 2019 timetable only runs for six weeks. We commence 2020 classes on Wednesday 20 November. This is the time that our current Year 8 and 9 students move campus and homeroom, and we begin the 2020 school year.
Why do we do this? The step up program is a great way to keep our students engaged and focused on their studies as we move towards the end of the school year and it means that we start 2020 very smoothly. It also really gives them a head start and allows them to meet their new teachers and classmates before we take our end of year break.
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