Learning

In the last five weeks, it has been a joy to see our new Year 7 students getting to know each other and growing in their understanding of what it means to be a Loreto student. The transition from Primary to High school is both exciting and daunting. Students are developing independence and the learning skills that they will use throughout their lives.

This time is not without challenges and negotiating the scale of high school can be one of the many changes that our students need to adapt to. The number of classrooms, the number of teachers and the level of organisation required to make sure that you are where you need to be at the time you are meant to be there with the equipment you need can sometimes be overwhelming.  When your daughters are overwhelmed it is important to remind them that their education is a marathon not a sprint. They need to make sure that they have a good support team and that they are aware that there will be set backs and obstacles along the way. We should try and help them develop a mindset that sees that joy and fulfilment lies in the journey as well in the sense of achievement gained from success.

Rest, time to be with friends and family and a good night’s sleep are essential in providing your daughter with the reserves to face these new challenges and it can be difficult for students and their families to negotiate the competing demands upon their time, including homework. Study at home is an important part of developing the effective work habits needed for their futures, but it is important to note that your daughter should be doing no more than one to one and a half hours of homework on average every evening. Sticking to this time limit may involve a conversation about students doing their best for a set amount of time and then putting the task aside. There may need to be adjustments in the number of afterschool activities and this is a good time for students to learn that in life, they can have it all but maybe not all at that the same time!

Dealing with these challenges is undoubtedly aided by good organisational and study skills and we do need to learn how to develop these. On the 30 March Dr Prue Salter will talk to all year 7 students and their parents about how they can develop the skills to be successful students, her ‘Tools for Success’ workshop is invaluable; addressing the key skills that students need to be effective learners. The evening is essential in helping you work in partnership with your daughter to use her time well and enjoy her learning.

 

Mrs Carolina Murdoch

Dean of Learning

 

Stress

Stress is an unavoidable aspect of life and something that we all face on a regular basis.  There is often a great deal of dialogue around stress and the effects that it can have on us.  It is sometimes worn as a badge of honour; one hears people loudly proclaiming how stressful their life is or what a stressful day they have had.  However it is also important to consider stress as a necessary evil, and, indeed, debunk the myth that stress is an aspect of our life that must be quashed! 

It was precisely this issue that was addressed with Year 12 at the fortnightly Curriculum Meeting last Friday.  We discussed how stress makes us feel, the physiological reaction we have to stress and how we respond to this reaction on a day-to-day basis.  Further to this, we explored why our bodies react the way that they do in stressful situations and shared anecdotes of moments when we have been affected by such signs of stress.  A racing heart, flushed face, sweaty palms, a racing mind are all symptoms that we discussed.  However, rather than despair at the thought of being swamped by such symptoms, we discussed how these responses to stress can be harnessed for our benefit!  We discovered that athletes use stress to assist with their performance, harnessing the adrenalin to spur them on to success.  We learned that stress actually increases blood flow to the brain and therefore makes our brains more active (if we learn to manage the symptoms and reach an optimal leave of what is known as “flow”).  Finally, we discussed the importance of stress in that it encourages us to set deadlines and organise our work so that we can meet these deadlines. 

Such discussion is timely as Year 12 are in the midst of their second block of HSC Assessments.  It is important for all of us to be mindful of the fact that stress is inevitable, but something that can be harnessed for positive outcomes. 

Click here to learn more about the power of stress from the author of The Upside of Stress¸ psychologist Kelly McGonigal. 

Year 12 Academic Plenaries:

Year 12 students are to be commended on their mature approach to the Academic Plenaries on Friday 26th February.  The evening provided them with an opportunity to review their academic progress and reflect upon the goals they have set in each subject.  Each Year 12 student led the conversation with their parents and teachers, articulating their strengths and areas for improvement in their final year, which represents the culmination of their dedication throughout their schooling careers.  This is an invaluable opportunity for the students and one that will serve them well throughout the remainder of 2016; we urge them to revisit these goals throughout the year and continue these vital conversations with their teachers.  

Year 11 Learning Information:  

Parents are to be advised that Year 11 students now have access to the Assessment Calendar for the remainder of this term, along with vital assessment information for each subject and the Illness/Misadventure process.  Year 11 students have been advised to check the calendar carefully so that they can plan their study time as we move into assessment periods for each subject.  Additionally, Week 5 marks the deadline for subject changes for Year 11 students.  Any questions regarding these issues can be directed to learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au 

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Dean of Learning

 

Learning Dates to Remember:

Monday 14 March – Friday 18 March 2016

Year 12 Assessment Period – some assessments lie outside of these dates

 

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Year 7 Parents & Students “Tools for Success” Study Skills Evening with Dr Prue Salter

7:00 – 8:30pm, Level 3 Gonzaga Barry Centre.

Compulsory attendance Year 7 – Bookings via Trybookings.com – details will be emailed to parents shortly

Looking Towards Term 2

Friday 6 May 2016

Year 7-11 Academic Plenaries (1)

1:00pm – 7:00pm

3rd Floor GBC, DRC and surrounding classrooms

(booking details will be emailed shortly)

Monday 9 May 2016

Year 7-11 Academic Plenaries (2)

3:30pm – 7:00pm

School Gymnasium

(booking details will be emailed shortly)

Tuesday 10 May 2016 – Thursday 12 May 2016

NAPLAN Years 7 & 9

Tuesday – Language/Writing

Wednesday – Reading

Thursday  – Numeracy

Information will be emailed shortly

Monday 23 May 2016 – Friday 2  May 2016

Year 12 Assessment Block

 

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Year 11 2017 Subject Selection Marketplace

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Deirdre Rofe Centre