As many senior students prepare to leave school at the end of this year and embark on further education or a new career, a whole batch of students are preparing to join the ranks of the senior students next year.

As students approach the senior years, they are expected to start taking more responsibility for their own learning. For many students part of this is a realisation that they need to do their schoolwork for their own sake, to keep options open for their own future – so they start to work for themselves, not just because their teacher or parent says they have to. Other students come to realise that in order to cope with the increased workload in the senior years, they need to work more efficiently at home and in the classroom, small changes like changing who students sit next to can make a big difference to how much work is completed in class.

So for students who are commencing their senior studies next year, the final term this year is important in taking stock of your approach to school and your studies.

  • Do you work well in the classroom?
  • Who do you sit next to?
  • What are your listening and research skills like?
  • Do you have systems in place to manage your homework and assignments? Do you know how to study effectively and have you tried different study techniques?

Some students may think they will wake up Day 1 of their senior studies and suddenly have become a ‘super student’ overnight. This does not happen! Habits take at least a month to change – sometimes longer if they are deeply ingrained.

So for those students commencing their senior studies next year, use the last weeks of school this year to:

  • Reflect on how you approach your studies. What do you do well, and what do you need to work on changing? Perhaps choose the top 5 areas to work on and write these on a card and place it somewhere at home where you will see it regularly and be reminded.
  • Complete as many units as you can on the Study Skills Handbook  website:     Username:  Loretonh     Password:   Loretonh

This site can help you work out where your areas of weakness are and teach you new skills to try in these areas. In particular, ‘Becoming a Senior Student’. There is a great quiz in this unit that helps you see how ready you are for senior studies.  This is also a great way to work out where your areas of weakness lie.


Madame Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Year 12 2018 Awards Ceremony Photos

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Dates to Remember –  Term 4  2018

Year 12 HSC Examinations

Thursday 18 October to Friday 9 November

Year 10 Year 10 Examinations Thursday 1 November to Friday 9 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

12:45pm – 3:15pm


Year 12 HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea

Friday 14 December

10:00am – 11:00am

Mary Ward Quad