End of Term 1
You may be wondering what our advice to students is regarding homework in the upcoming break. Students across Years 7-11 have been advised to have a rest and spend time with family and friends so that they return to school next term refreshed and ready to tackle what will be a very fast-paced term. However, we also advise the girls to read ahead and to also review their work from Term 1 to ensure that it is well organised for the rest of the year. This is of particular importance in Year 11, as students are required to work more independently and will need to return to school in Term 2 feeling prepared and in control of their learning.
To parents of Year 12, as you would expect, the guidelines for Year 12 are somewhat different. Whilst they also need a rest and to spend time with family and friends, we have given them the following recommendations:
- Read ahead;
- Revise the work from Term 4 2018 and Term 1. Be sure to review your study notes and add to them over the break;
- Complete practice questions for each of your subjects to submit for feedback next term;
- Organise your digital space – be sure to have your work filed effectively on your laptop and syncing to the cloud or an external hard-drive;
- Organise your works spaces – day girls, your study areas at home; boarders, come back with your study folders organised so you feel in control of your rooms in the boarding school.
We wish you and your families all the best for the Easter season.
Ms Kieryn Bateman
Director of Learning
Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening with Dr Prue Salter
Last week Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ELES conducted an interactive study skills evening with Year 7 parents and students. The evening helped families assess what changes could be made to help students work towards achieving their personal best in an efficient and effective way. Students examined their home study environment, the way they organise and manage their resources, how to work effectively at home and deal with distractions, how to manage the workload in high school, and the steps to studying in high school: making study notes, learning the notes by testing themselves and practising as much as possible. Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made.
As Loreto is a subscriber to Dr Salter’s website, ELES, students and parents have access to her very comprehensive range of ‘Study Skills Support’ lessons which range from:
- Learning to touch type
- Term Planners
- Strategies on effective study techniques
If you were unable to attend, you may access the slides and the handbook from the ‘Study Skills Evening’ by following these instructions :
For the slides:
- Click on Parents and Students
- Click on 7. Download Slides
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and find Year 7/8 Evening
- Password for the slides is: achieve
- You have three weeks to download the slides to your computer.
For the handbook go to:
- Login as a subscriber with the following details:
- Username: loretonh
- Password: loretonh
Parents can also find extra study skills tips here. All secondary students at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills.
Years 7-11 Academic Plenaries
Academic plenaries are a valuable opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers and discuss their daughter’s learning. This year academic plenaries will take place on:
- Friday 3 May – 1:00pm to 6:30pm (GBC-DRC-LRC)
- Monday 13 May – 3:30pm to 6:30pm (Gymnasium)
- Tuesday 21 May – 3:30pm to 6:30pm Gymnasium)
The PTO booking system will open to parents towards the end of the school holidays and parents will be advised accordingly via an email containing relevant instructions and the link to the booking system. If you have any questions about academic plenaries please contact Mrs Rachael Jarick via email.
Ms Michelle Albert
Dean of Learning