Learning

Welcome back to face-to-face learning.

Who could have predicted that 2020 would have brought us all so much change, so rapidly? Navigating such uncertainty has certainly challenged us, but it has also shown us how adaptable and resilient we all can be. In speaking to students, parents and teachers over the past number of weeks many have commented on how much they have learnt about themselves in this rapidly changing context, and how much they have grown from the experience.

Whilst it is important to acknowledge how tragic COVID-19 has been for many people across the world, it is also helpful to focus on how we have grown through our response to this experience of upheaval in our worlds. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all parents for your adaptability and the calm reassurance you have offered your daughters in the remote learning space. Additionally, I thank the teachers for their tireless work as they have responded to ensure continuity of learning for all students in their care. Finally, the students, who have responded in good spirit and with optimism, especially our HSC cohort, who have truly amazed us throughout this entire event.

We have an exciting and busy term ahead in the Learning realm. We are all in the process of adjusting to face-to-face learning, catching up with each other, checking-in regarding each other’s wellbeing and sharing stories about our experiences. As we settle back into the rhythm of being at school it is important that we are kind to ourselves and focus on the moment with our learning. Students should know that they are at the centre of the teachers’ decision-making about their learning and that all programming, assessment design and our new approach to reporting has their needs at the core.

Please do ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the changes we have made to learning, assessment and reporting, as communicated via FACE Online and email on 1 May 2020.

For a communication  update click HERE

 

Key events this term

Year 12

  • Year 12 Half-Yearly reports will be finalised and issued in the next few weeks.
  • Year 12 continue with their HSC program across all subject areas. Please also note that NESA have provided regular updates that have also been captured on FACE Online for parents and students. Parents and students can also access the NESA website directly for this information. I have visited students in most of the practical subjects to explain changes to their major projects and how these will be marked. For more information about changes and for the HSC Exam Timetable please visit NESA – click HERE. The HSC exams will commence on Tuesday October 20 and conclude Wednesday November 11.
  • Please also note that the HSC Trial Examination timetable will be released to our Year 12 students in the coming weeks. The dates for the HSC trial examinations have changed – they will now occur in Weeks 5-7 of Term 3, commencing on Monday 17 August and concluding on Monday 31 August.
  • Academic Plenaries will commence in Term 2 and continue into Term 3.

Years 5-11

  • Teachers will be working on our new-look reports for students across Years 5-11 to offer evaluation of their learning across Semester 1.
  • Years 8 and 10 students will engage with the Subject Selection process – an exciting opportunity for them to focus on what they are truly passionate about in learning.
  • Year 10 will also engage in career profiling as part of the subject selection process.
  • Academic Plenaries will commence in Term 2 and continue into Term 3.

Additionally, I attended a Q&A session hosted by Catholic Schools NSW last night, where Paul Martin, NESA CEO, answered audience questions.  Students and parents may find this session helpful. If you would like to access the recording of this session you can do so by visiting the CSNSW Facebook page – click HERE

Please note that additional information about the learning events outlined above will be provided to parents and students in the coming days. We thank you for your patience as we review the processes around many of these events and urge you to contact us via learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au should you have any questions.

Best wishes for a safe and productive term ahead.

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


Dr Prue Salter – Enhanced Learning

Please find the link HERE for a brochure from Dr Prue Salter providing some tips to assist your daughter’s transition back to school.

Learn additional tips on how to improve your results, and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork, by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au 

Our school’s access details are:

Username: loretonh
Password: loretonh

Just a reminder to students in Years 7 and 11 that the Online Study Skills Seminar will close on the 1st June. Students were emailed on 27 April the relevant details to access the Seminar.

 

Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning