Update from the Director of Learning
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well for the upcoming holiday break. It goes without saying that we all need this opportunity to rest and reboot and spend time connecting with loved ones and friends. The experiences of 2020 that we have all had thus far have been tumultuous; as such we should now step back and consider what we have been able to achieve as a school community. Our positive spirit and commitment to moving forward is a testament to our Loreto community and our shared values.
Thank you to all parents for supporting your daughters with the FACE Online curriculum and the remote experience; we know how challenging it was for you to juggle your work and parenting commitments whilst also supporting your daughters at home with their learning – we are truly appreciative of all that you have done to steady the ship over the past term. Thank you also to our teachers – your commitment to our students and the continuity of their learning experience has been exceptional and we are grateful for your expertise and steadfast support. To our Loreto students – you have been so adaptable and resilient throughout this situation– you will take this experience with you well into the future and I am sure you will share stories from these days with your own children!
As the holiday break is fast approaching I would like to reinforce that the upcoming break should be exactly that, a break.
We ask parents to note that students in Years 7-10 will not be given homework to complete over the holiday period. Students should use the time to read for pleasure, pursue any extra-curricular pursuits that you are involved in and spend time with your family and friends. A few days before next term commences we advise that you begin to plan for the term ahead by organising your study areas at home, replenish any necessary stationery items and organise your technology.
For Year 11 students, in our Learning to Learn session in FACETIME today we discussed some revision and planning techniques for study preparation. We encourage you to have a clear break from school for a large proportion of the holidays, however we also ask that you use some time to begin planning your notes and creating study schedules for Term 3. You will have some small assessments early in Term 3 and your formal examination block later in the term, so it is essential that you return to school prepared for this experience.
Year 12 have also been guided on how to structure their break so that they manage to incorporate some downtime with the revision work that they need to engage in preparation for their Trial Examinations in Weeks 5-7. We would also encourage Year 12 to re-read their English texts and complete past examination papers in order to test their understanding. It is often tempting to revise content that we are already confident or familiar with; however it is essential that you do the opposite – that you look for the gaps and revise the areas that you know you are challenging. A general guide for Year 12 students is that they complete approximately 20 hours of homework/revision per-week throughout Year 12. This should continue during the holidays but should be spaced out to ensure that rest-time is also prioritised.
When we return to school in Term 3 we will share a podcast with Year 12 parents and students to provide strategies with you on how to remain motivated in the lead-up to your Trial and HSC examinations. Also, thank you to all parents, students and teachers with their adaptability in moving our Academic Plenaries to the online experience. We know that the plenary experience is a key element of the learning journey and are grateful to all involved that we were able to prioritise these in our current context.
Finally, the Academic Reports are currently being completed. Year 12 students received their reports last week. Years 7-11 students will receive their reports early in Term 3.
Best wishes for a lovely break ahead.
Ms Kieryn Bateman
Director of Learning
Year 7 – 11 Academic Plenaries
The first of our four Year 7-11 Academic Plenaries was held on Wednesday afternoon via PTO Zoom links. We would like to thank families who were involved for their support of our first online plenary event.
There are three more Academic Plenary dates and bookings can still be made if you haven’t yet done so.
Term 2: 26 June – 8:30am to 3:30pm – please note, this is a pupil free day
Term 3: 24 July – 1:00pm to 5:30pm – please note, Years 7-11 students conclude classes at 12.35pm on this day
29 July – 3:30pm to 6:00pm
To book, please click HERE. Your daughter has also been provided this link in the Daily Notices on Sentral.
To ensure the smooth running of the plenaries, we encourage parents to engage with the instructions here: Academic Plenaries Parent Instructions PTO 2020
The easiest way of accessing your Zoom meetings is by using your daughter’s computer that has already been configured with the Zoom Software. If accessing the Plenaries via this method, after clicking on the PTO site, enter the login details of the parent who scheduled the appointments. When booking your Academic Plenary, please factor in your daughter’s travel time to get home on 24 July and 29 July.
To access the Zoom meetings via a different computer, please ensure you have installed the Zoom Software. Please refer to the PDF Installing Zoom, and ensure you have correctly named your profile setup so teachers will be able to identify you easily.
Please note that if you have downloaded a PDF of your bookings, you cannot access your daughter’s appointments through the PDF. The best way to access the Zoom links is through the PTO site.
If you need to reschedule your appointment, we ask you to do this well in advance. Teachers will check their bookings on the afternoon before the plenary day and not after, so they will not be able to fit in late appointments. Thank you in advance for your support.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9473 7336.
Ms Rachael Jarick
Assistant to the Deans of Learning
Year 11 2021 Subject Selection
Subject Selection Plenary meetings for Year 10 are now underway via Zoom and these will be ongoing until Week 3, Term 3. Parents and carers are reminded that the deadline for this is 8:00am on Monday 3 August and no admissions will be accepted after this date.
Please note that the Year 11 2021 Subject Selection link is different from the Academic Plenaries link. Please click HERE to book. Please also ensure you log out at the when completing your booking before closing your browser.
The web preferences online system for students is also now operational and this allows students to select their final units for 2021.
Students will engage in a period of measured discernment about their future options. We encourage all students to have conversations with both staff and their peers when considering their options. There is also a lot of information on the Learning Office Canvas page students can access that has been prepared by the Heads of Faculty and Year 11 students.
Students can commence inserting their subject options from now and should know that they can change these options at any time between now and 8am on Monday 3 August.
Mr Marco Scali
Acting Dean of Learning