Term 3 is always the biggest term for the learning and teaching team and we wish to thank everyone for their support, allowing the team to accomplish what we have. We began next term with subject selection for 2019 and conducted many interviews with enthusiastic, well-spoken, and sometimes nervous students who were thinking about their pathway beyond school. These interviews are our favourite things to do because they are so hopeful and inspiring. We are so lucky to have such wonderful students at Salesian College Sunbury and during these times of big decisions and quiet contemplation, we often see them at their very best.
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 4 with maximum effort, persistence and good ol’ fashioned hard work.
In terms of reflection, students can ask themselves three simple questions:
This could be a good conversation over dinner.
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 practice exams before they study and use them to “see what we already know”. While 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 4 is the term that flies. When we return from our break, the 2018 timetable only runs for six weeks. We commence 2019 classes on Tuesday 20 November. This is the time that our current Year 8 and 9 students move campus and homeroom and we begin the 2019 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 2019 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