Learning

A time for rest and revitalisation!

Holiday Period

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 in 2020 we will work with Year 12 students via our FACEtime program on setting goals for the year ahead and putting measures in place to keep them motivated and engaged; they will be asked to work with their tutors on their goals and have conversations regarding how they are currently tracking at school.   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 2020.  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 2020 they will begin in a far calmer and receptive manner. 

YEARLY REPORTS and SUBJECT CONFIRMATION

Parents with students in Years 8 and 10, please note that we are in the process of mailing out confirmations of your daughter’s subject selection for 2020. 

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.  Please contact the Learning Office if you have any questions regarding reports. 

Student timetables for 2020 will be issued the week before students return to school in January 2020 via student email. 

Finally, thank you for your support of your daughter’s learning journey throughout 2019.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Office.

years 7-11 AWARDS CEREMONY – Thursday 5 December 2019 | 12.45-3.15pm | gymnasium

Please note that we are holding the Years 7-11 Awards Ceremony next week.  This is a fabulous opportunity for students to come together and be recognised for their varied achievements across our FACE curriculum throughout 2019.  The ceremony falls within the scope of the school day, so it is expected that all students are in attendance and are well presented in full school uniform.  We look forward to celebrating your daughters’ extensive efforts and achievements with them next week.  There will be some reserved seating for parents if you are able to attend. 

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

 

HSC Provisions 2020

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 HSC 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 Simmy Cesamolo, Acting Head of Diverse Learning  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 2020 HSC is before the end of Term 1.

Please find all details about Disability Provisions Applications on the NESA website

 

Simmy Cesamolo

Acting Head of Diverse Learning

 

Year 7 Flip Robots

This term the Year 7 students have been developing their skills in robotics and coding. They have all received a Flip Robot and used their construction skills to build the robot. In Integrated lessons students are now working on giving the robots instructions to complete a range of challenges. The girls have learnt about Artificial Intelligence and the impact that the growing industry has on society.

This unit of work has been both challenging and eye opening for Year 7 and they are working on their skills in problem solving and collaborative learning. One of the students has said ‘it has been the best thing they have studied all year’. Many of the girls have said how much they have enjoyed being able to experiment with the robots and have their peer assist them when they have found tasks particularly challenging.

Year 7 Integrated lessons are a buzz of energy where the students are using flexible workspaces and various different ICT skills to further develop their skills. The girls are looking forward to more challenges for their robots and taking the robots home to continue to experiment with their new skills.

 

 Jenelle Minto & Madeleine Elkojje

Head of TAS & TAS Year 7 Integrated Teacher

 

Commerce in the  Quad

 

Last week Year 9 Commerce students participated in Commerce in the Quad. We used the skills we had learnt in class to successfully market and sell a variety of products. Every stall worked towards being environmentally friendly and sustainable. We limited plastic use and made sure to limit the use of paper while decorating our stalls. For our signs, we painted cardboard boxes.

 

This year our theme was ‘Home Grown’, which was adequately reflected through the innovative array of products found at Commerce in the Quad. Many groups sold ‘never before seen’ products from bath salts to French toast roll ups, loaded fries and bracelets. Most of the products were homemade or freshly cooked.

 

All proceeds went towards the charity ‘Drought Angels’ who support Aussie farmers that are affected by the ongoing drought. The charity provides them with care packages, food hampers and local store vouchers.

 

Across the groups, we developed skills we learnt throughout the year in class, in marketing, distributing and communication. Overall, we found this experience challenging yet incredibly insightful, and our hard work throughout the year paid off with this rewarding experience.

 

Thank you for all your support for our venture!

        

Year 9 Commerce Students 2019

 

Campion Booklists 2020

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 Access Code: “PB4H”.   Please place your order as soon as possible or by Friday 6 December 2019 at the latest 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 17 January 2020.  

Please see below the “Additional Purchases List” outlining the specific stationery and additional items required for each subject, as well as information  in relation to the Sustainable School Shop.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the  Learning Office.

 

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

 

Dates to remember – Term 4 2019

YEARS 7 – 11

Years 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2019 Thursday 5 December –  12:45pm | Gymnasium

YEAR 12

HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Wednesday 18  December – 10-11am | Undercroft