What is happening in Years 8-10?

Year 8:

This week Year 8 have started a “Learning to Learn” program that will run over ten Conversation periods during Terms 3 and 4. The program is intended to allow students to learn about their brain and to increase their understanding about how they actually learn. Research shows that in order for students to get the best out of their learning and to truly establish a Growth Mindset, it is important to teach how the brain works to create new neural pathways to students.

Students will learn about the structure of the brain, the idea of neuroplasticity, how their memory works and effective strategies for effective learning and study. They will also link this to the development of a Growth Mindset and potential barriers to their learning.

Session one this week was a big success with all Year 8 students learning about particular structures in the brain and culminating with all 160 students participating in a brain dissection.

Year 9:

Year 9 students are now in Far North Queensland enjoying the opportunity to engage in some real world learning. I am sure they will be taking full advantage of the opportunity to learn by experience over the next two weeks and we look forward to them sharing those learnings when they return.

Years 8-10:

Students in Years 8-10 have been busy making subject selection choices for next year and that selection process has now closed. If any students have not been able to make their choices for any reason, they will need to make an appointment via email to discuss.



 Dr Prue Salter – Enhanced Learning Educational Services

 Some students are naturally able to find a good balance between all the facets of their life: schoolwork, sports, activities, friends, family, technology and all the other aspects of life that keep us busy from when we wake to when we sleep.

Other students struggle to fit in their schoolwork during the evenings and weekends. Some students come home after school and just sort of ‘wait’ until they feel like working.  Unfortunately, what happens is they never feel like it so they just don’t get started!

Some students start work not long after they get home, but they drag their work out over the whole night doing work in front of the TV, or the computer or their phone. It takes them the whole night, but they hardly get any work done and they don’t feel like they have had a break at all.

A much more effective way to approach home study each evening is to keep your school work and your personal life separate. Don’t do your work in front of the TV, don’t do it while on social network sites or while using messenger apps, instead work in 20-30 minute blocks of time and during this time make the conscious choice to actually remove or turn off things that are going to distract you. As it is only for a short block of time, it is bearable. Train yourself to have breaks from your distractions for the blocks of time when you do schoolwork.

By doing this you will learn to really focus and concentrate on what you are doing for a block of time. You will be amazed at how much work you get done and how productive you are during this time. Then at the end of that half hour period you have a proper break and really enjoy your free time.

 You can find special software for blocking distractions on computers and phones in the “Dealing with Distractions” unit on the Study Skills Handbook  website:     Username:  Loretonh     Password:   Loretonh


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning



Dates to Remember –  Term 3  2018


Year 12

Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations

Thursday 2 August to Monday  20 August

School Community


Friday 31 August

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Various Locations

Year 11

Year 11 Examinations

Monday 3 September to Friday 14 September

Year 12 Year 12 Awards Ceremony

Friday 21 September

10:15am for a 10:30am start




Dates to Remember –  Term 4  2018

Year 11 & Parents Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Monday 15 October

6:30pm –  8:00pm

Curran Theatre

Year 12 HSC Examinations

Thursday 18 October to Friday 9 November

Year 10 Year 10 Examinations Monday 5 November to Tuesday 13 November
Year 10 Year 10 YCON 2018

Monday 19 November to Friday 30 November

Years 7 – 11 Years 7 – 11 Awards Ceremony

Thursday  6 December



Year 12 HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea

Friday 14 December

10:00am – 11:00am

Mary Ward Quad