Learning

Year 11

Year 11 are in the process of busily preparing for the Yearly Examinations block in Weeks 7 and 8.  They have received their examination timetable and should have developed study plans to maximise their time in the lead-up to the examinations. 

A reminder that there is an information session for Year 11 parents next Friday 26th August, after the Leadership Ritual afternoon tea at 4pm.  This information session will provide parents and students with invaluable information and guidance as we move into the yearly examinations and transition into the HSC courses in Term 4. I look forward to seeing many parents at the information session next week to discuss this important time of transition and explore the most appropriate approaches to study and learning in the HSC year. 

 

Year 12

Over the coming weeks our Year 12 students will be preparing for graduation whilst consolidating their knowledge, learning and skills in preparation for the HSC examinations.  It is a very exciting time but also a time that will be challenging and daunting for many.  We would like Year 12 to be aware that their teachers are available to support them in the coming weeks and months as their schooling draws to a close. 

Many of our students have already begun their HSC examinations!  We congratulate the Language students and also extend our prayers and thoughts to them, as they began their Language HSC practical examinations last weekend and continue to undertake the exams across the coming weekends.  Our HSC practical examinations for Drama occur onsite on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and our Design and Technology and Visual Arts students officially submit their Body of Works and projects in the coming fortnight.  We also extend our support and prayers to the Music students who will complete their HSC practical examinations in Week 8 of this term.  Our Extension History students have already finalised their writing projects and our Extension 2 English students are in the process of finalising their works.  It is a very busy time for all students with the culmination of a year’s worth of work occurring in the coming weeks. 

The Year 12 Graduation occurs in Week 9, Friday 16th September.  This is the date that Year 12 officially  graduate from Loreto and a time when the Loreto community acknowledges their success.  After this  date Year 12 students are encouraged to attend the school between Monday 10th October and the commencement of the HSC on Thursday  13th   October to engage with their teachers and each other  for revision purposes. We know from our historical data that if the students collaborate in their preparation for the examinations, working together to improve, the results of the entire cohort benefit.  It does not pay for the girls to compete against each other – it is in their best interests to support each other and continue with what they do so well here at Loreto, collaborative learning. 

Additionally, Year 12 students are advised to have  a break in the last week of Term 3, 19th to 23rd September; they will not have access to the LRC or to their teachers during this week.

Students are invited to study in the LRC throughout the HSC period in Term 4.

The following are links to useful pages of the BOSTES website which will give you some insight into HSC Exam people, papers and processes , HSC ExaminationTimetable,  Understanding HSC Results. There are many links within these mentioned that will take you to other interesting reading about the HSC.

Best wishes to all of our Year 12 students as they embark on this exciting leg of their schooling journey. 

Ms Kieryn Bateman
Dean of Learning

 

NAPLAN Results

Parents of students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will receive their daughter’s Naplan results next week. Naplan is designed as a diagnostic test and is a valuable tool to help teachers identify the learning challenges faced by their students. This kind of testing allows teachers to ascertain exactly where each student stands in relation to particular skills and understanding. The quality of the data that Naplan testing provides to schools is rich and gives us valuable information that we can use to target teaching both for groups and individuals.

For parents of students in Years 5, 7 and 9, please remember that Naplan results give a snapshot of student performance on the day of the test. As you talk to your daughters about their results, remind them that these tests are not just about the band they achieved, and should certainly not be viewed in terms of ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Rather than viewing their results as a way to label themselves with a particular number, they should take time to read the complete report and consider the skills they are now challenged to develop. Developing a growth mindset is a key feature of a successful learner and rather than thinking ‘I’m not good at that’, students need to think ‘I’m not good at that, yet

So, encourage your daughters to see their Naplan results as an opportunity to see how they can become better learners; students who understand that being a successful learner is about what you do not about who you are.

 

Mrs Carol Osborne

Acting Dean of Learning

 

 Learning Dates to Remember

Friday 26 August 2016    

Year 11 Parents Afternoon – following Leadership Ritual                 

4:00pm – 4:45pm        

Monday 29 August 2016 –  Friday 9  September

Year 11 Assessment Block

 

Friday 16 September 2016

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony

Compulsory attendance all students