ERC Updates

From the Director of Learning and Teaching

Best wishes to our Year 12 students who are sitting their Higher School Certificate Trial Examinations. The following Examination Tips have been shared with Year 12 students and will also provide valuable information to students in other year groups.

The night before the exam:

  • Set up your space with all the equipment you will need for the exam.
  • Test that your camera is working in preparation for the Online exam.
  • Test your Zoom background – use either a ‘blurry’ background or a plain wall as a background.
  • Make sure your laptop is in a position to remain charged during exams.
  • Ensure that there is enough data on your phone to take photos – you may need at least 2 Gig of data
  • If you have not accessed lined paper from the Br Pelin Hall, you are able to print lined paper provided by Mr Milner.
  • Don’t go to bed too late – you need to make sure your brain is fresh and alert.
  • Don’t ring friends and discuss your preparation or the examination.
  • Just before you go to sleep, look through your notes briefly.
  • Check the starting time of your exams.

The morning of the test or exam:

  • Visualise success.
  • Review your notes.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Be on time.

At the start of the test or exam:

  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Look through the whole paper.
  • Quickly jot down anything you are worried you might forget.

During the test or exam:

  • Have a plan of attack as to which questions you will do first.
  • Take note of how many marks each question is worth.
  • Read the questions carefully before answering.
  • Brainstorm ideas before writing essays.
  • Cross mistakes out neatly instead of scribbling or using liquid paper.
  • If you have a mental blank leave the question and come back to it later.
  • Set your work out clearly, show all working and write as neatly as possible and do nice large diagrams.
  • When you finish go back and check all of your answers – don’t leave anything out.

Managing your time during the exam:

  • Keep an eye on the time to help you stick to your plan.
  • Take a few minutes to quickly look through the whole paper before you start.
  • If you feel yourself getting bogged down, leave that question and return to it later.

Planning essays in exams:

  • Read the question through carefully before starting, consider key words.
  • Examine the key words and think clearly about what the question really means.
  • Brainstorm your thoughts and ideas before you start.
  • Then take your ideas and create a plan or outline for your answer.
  • Write your essay: introduction, body, conclusion.
  • Review your essay asking yourself if you have answered the question.

A reminder that all families have access to the Study Skills Handbook.

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The College is producing literacy videos that will further support our students with their learning. The following videos have been placed on LERA:

  • Apostrophes
  • Correct Formal Language
  • PEEL
  • Punctuation
  • Sentences

To access these videos, please click on the following link:

Take time to view these videos with your son(s). Further videos will be produced and uploaded during Term 4.


Three logicians, A, B and C, are again wearing black or white hats, but this time all they are told is that they are not all white. A can see the hats of B and C; B can see the hats of A and C; but logician C is blind. As usual, they are asked in turn if they know the colour of their own hat. The answers are:

A: ‘No’
B: ‘No’
C: ‘Yes’

What colour was the blind logician’s hat and how did she know?


1. A carpet.
2. Yes. ‘One word’ is an anagram of ‘new door’.
3. ‘Pigeon’ is an anagram of ‘one pig’.

Mr Sozio
Director of Learning and Teaching