Learning

The Learning Office wishes all families a restful break

Holiday Period

I would like to  take this opportunity to wish you well for the upcoming festive season and holiday break.  After the year that we have experienced, it is especially important that this holiday season all members of our community have time to switch off and connect with family and friends. 

Students in Years 7-10 will not be given homework to complete during the holidays; they should have a very clear break from school and use the time to read for pleasure and pursue activities that they enjoy.  A week before the new school year begins, 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.   Throughout the break, we encourage all students to read their texts for English or pre-reading required for any of their subjects at their leisure. 

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 2021 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 about 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 2021.  I will email 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.  One week before school commences we advise that students spend 2-3 hours each day reviewing their notes from Term 4, consolidating these notes in response to feedback from their teachers on assessment tasks, organising their electronic and physical files and (for Day girls) organising their study spaces at home.  Returning in the new year feeling organised and engaged with all of their courses will make for a smoother transition into their HSC year. 

 

YEARLY REPORTS and student timetables 2021

We are in the midst of the reporting period. Yearly Reports are currently being finalised and uploaded to the Parent Portal  –  Click Here .  Please read these reports with your daughter and reflect on her learning in each of her subjects throughout the year.   Student timetables for 2021 will be issued the week before students return to school in January 2021 via the Student Portal in Sentral.  Please contact the Learning Office if you have any questions.

 

Years 7-11 AWARDS CEREMONY – Thursday 4 December 2020 | 11am-12.30pm | Livestreamed to parents

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 2020.  The ceremony falls within 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.  Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to host parents at this event, however it will be livestreamed for parents and can be accessed here.  (Password: Loreto2020).

 

 HSC Principal’s Morning Tea 2020  |  Friday 18th December 10am

I would like to take this opportunity to remind students from the Class of 2020 to attend the Principal’s HSC Morning Tea on Friday 18 December from 10:00am  in the Mary Ward Quad.   It is a great achievement to have completed the HSC and be ready to move on to the next chapter of your lives and we would love to celebrate with you. Please view the invitation  here.

 

Finally, thank you for your support of your daughter’s learning journey throughout 2020.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the  Learning Office.

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


Campion Booklists 2021   – Order by 7 December

Reminder 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: “4SYX”.   Please place your order as soon as possible or by Monday 7 December  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 15 January 2021.  

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


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
  • 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 that supports the fact that the disability has a functional impact for the student. 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.

Please contact Simmy Cesamolo, Acting Head of Diverse Learning, via  email or on phone 9473 7368 to discuss the process of application if this is relevant to your daughter.  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

Ms Simonetta Cesamolo

Head of Diverse Learning

 


Celebrations of Learning 

Music

AMEB EXAMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS

We take this opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of two Year 10 Elective Music students, who  have excelled in their Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) performance examinations despite the challenges of this year. Congratulations to Ying Li (Piano) for achieving her Associate of Music diploma (AMusA) and Chloe Lee (Flute) for passing her 8th Grade examination with High Distinction (A+). Further congratulations to all students who have completed performance and musicology examinations this year.

MUSIC SKILL SHARE

In Music, the main components studied by students are Performance, Composition and Listening/Musicology. Recently, students have engaged in “skill share” projects in the Music classroom, allowing an opportunity to focus on one of these specific areas and look back on their musical journey. This aims to allow them to acknowledge and appreciate their individual progress and achievements this year. Students have not only reflected on their own progress but were given the challenge to create a resource that may benefit other students’ learning.

We have witnessed Year 7 students creating interactive games and even recording rap music videos to assist them in remembering different instruments. Year 8 students collaborated to create Guitar booklets and video tutorials to help others learn to play the Guitar, while Year 9 Elective Music students have chosen to devise practice schedules and arrange small ensemble performance items. Additionally, Year 9 have worked together to create summary sheets of shortcuts and “tips and tricks” for the music notation application, Sibelius, to make future students’ composition studies even more enjoyable and rewarding.

Ms Sarah Ashton

Acting Head of Music


Technology

Year 8 technology

Students have been working on designing pyjama shorts. They were given criteria they had to adhere to and are to be congratulated on mastering how to sew using the computerised sewing machine to produce high quality shorts.

Year 10 Technology

Students have been  cooking and preparing mini Christmas puddings and chocolate chip cookies this term for the Christmas festive season.  They are to be congratulated on their skills and creative presentation of their food products.

Mrs Amale Frangi

Teacher of  TAS

 


Dates to Remember – Term 4 2020

YEARS 7 – 11

Year 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2020 Thursday 3rd December 2020

YEAR 12

HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Friday 18 December – 10am in the Mary Ward Quad