Welcome back to 2022 and well done to all students on how they have commenced the year. A special welcome to our Year 7 students who have been engaging in experiences to support their transition from Primary School. Congratulations to our HSC Class of 2021 for achieving extremely pleasing results in their Higher School Certificate examinations. Highlights of the results are included in the “HSC Results 2021” Document accompanying this issue of the newsletter.
All students are encouraged to form strong study habits early in the year. This includes setting up an appropriate study space at home and developing a homework/study timetable. The use of the College Diary to record homework and due dates for assessments will support students in being able to best manage their time. Throughout the year we will provide tips and strategies to our students on how to continue to develop and strengthen these habits.
Parents/Carers are also able to support their sons with their learning and wellbeing. Our College is a subscriber to the Study Skills Website. The website provides advice and resources on developing essential skills for academic success. There are modules on improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarizing, technology use, brain and memory and much more. Modules recommended to access as we being the school year include:
Click on the above links to access the modules. To access the handbook, go to www.studysamurailibrary.com and login with these details:
In addition, click here to access the Study Skills Website document which provides answers to five frequently asked questions by parents.
All students engaged in a goal setting session earlier this week where they were required to formulate learning and wellbeing goals, including strategies to support achieving these. Students were asked to reflect on their achievements and challenges from 2021 and to use these to inspire them to set goals for the current year. Connections were made with some of the messages that were presented to our students last year by our guest presenter, Mr Phil Britten, who delivered key messages on choices, individual paths and experiences faced as he spoke of his experience of triumph over tragedy following a terrorist attack in Bali. The setting of goals and working towards achieving these will support students in maintaining motivation, focus and balance.
Next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday students in Years 7 to 10 will be sitting PAT Tests in Reading, Mathematics and Science. The PAT tests enable the College to track learning growth over time and provide data at both an individual and year level. Students are not required to prepare for these tests and the tests will not be used for reporting purposes by the College.
Please do not hesitate to make contact if you have any questions.
Director of Learning & Teaching