Learning

Upcoming Festive Season and Holiday Break

I would like to  take this opportunity to wish you all well for the upcoming festive season and holiday break.  It is important for all students to be reminded that they should use the holidays ahead to rest and regenerate before the new school year.  Students in Years 7-10 will not be given homework to complete over the holiday period.  They should have a very clear break from school and use the time to read for pleasure and pursue any extra-curricular pursuits that they are involved in.  A week before the new school year we advise that students in Years 7-10 begin to plan for the year ahead by organising their study areas at home, purchasing any necessary stationery items and organising their technology for the new school year. 

For Year 11 students, we also encourage them to have a clear break from school for the first few weeks of the holidays.  When we return to school we will remind them of the HSC 2019 PEAK program, which encourages them to set goals and have conversations with their tutors and parents about these goals and how they are tracking in their HSC year.  In light of this and the fact that they have already commenced their HSC studies this term, it is necessary for them to do some work in the holidays in preparation for 2019.  I will email the students regarding what is expected of them over the break, but we also thought it helpful for parents to have some awareness of these expectations.  Throughout the break we would advise students to read any texts for English or pre-reading required for any of their subjects at their leisure; it is important that they make some headway with such work.  One week before school commences we advise that students spend 2-3 hours each day reviewing their notes from Term 4, consolidating these notes and responding to feedback from their teachers in any assessment tasks, organising their electronic and physical files and (for Day girls) organising their study spaces at home.  If students can manage to do this before school commences in 2019 they will begin in a far calmer and therefore more productive and receptive manner. 

Parents with students in Years 8, 9 and 10, please note that confirmation of your daughter’s subject selection for 2019 will be sent to you mid next week.

Parents in Years 7-11 will also note that we are in the midst of the reporting period and the Yearly Reports are currently being posted home.  Please read these reports with your daughter and reflect on her learning in each of her subjects throughout the year.  Reports for students in Years 7-11 will be issued by Wednesday 19  December.  Please contact the Learning Office if you have any questions regarding reports. 

Student timetables for 2019 will be issued the week before students return to school in January 2019 via student email. 

Finally, thank you for your support of your daughter’s learning journey throughout 2018.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Office.

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

 

HSC PROVISIONS 2019

Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements  designed to help students who can’t otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam. The provisions granted are solely determined by how the student’s exam performance is affected. More than 7000 HSC students   apply for provisions  each year. Provisions help students to show the markers what they know and can do. These needs may be related to learning, sensory impairment, mental health, medical or physical conditions.

Examples of provisions available include:

  • Braille or large print papers;
  • use of a writer and/or reader;
  • use of an oral interpreter;
  • extension of test time;
  • rest breaks;
  • separate examination supervision; and
  • permission to take medication.

Schools are responsible for determining and approving disability provisions for all school-based assessment tasks. NESA determines disability provisions for the HSC examinations. Students and parents should be advised that there is no guarantee that NESA will grant the same provisions as those provided at school.

To apply for provisions, schools must submit an online application to NESA. This application tells us   which provision/s a student is requesting  and includes recent evidence. Evidence may include medical reports, reading results, spelling results, writing samples and teacher comments.

Disability provisions also apply to temporary and emergency-related disabilities e.g. if a student breaks their writing arm a week before an examination.

If you feel your daughter may require exam provisions please contact Zoe Rhone, Head of Learning Enrichment  via email or on phone 9473 7368 to discuss the process of application.  The closing date for disability provisions applications for known/stable conditions for the 2019 HSC is Friday 12 April 2019.

You can also find out more information from the NESA website

 

Mrs Zoe Rhone

Head of Learning Enrichment

 

Campion Booklists 2019

We are pleased to advise that the Campion Booklists for next year are now available and can be completed online. 

When ordering online you will need to use the following Access Code: “DGHC”

 Please place your order  by Friday 7 December 2018  to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her commencement next year. 

It is anticipated that your order will be delivered to your home, office or any other nominated address by the week ending Friday 18 January 2019.  

Also for your information, please see below the “Additional Purchases List” outlining the specific stationery and additional items required for each subject.

Second-hand text books are available at the    Sustainable School Shop.

 

If you have any queries, please  contact the Learning Office.

 

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Learning Assistant

 

Dates to Remember –  Term 4  2018

Year 10  Year 10 Creating Flexible Futures  – LAUNCH 2018

Monday 26 November to Wednesday 5 December

Years 7 – 11 Years 7 – 11 Awards Ceremony

Thursday  6 December

12:45pm – 3:15pm

Gymnasium

Year 12 HSC 2018 Results Principal’s Morning Tea

Friday 14 December

10:00am – 11:00am

Mary Ward Quad