PEAK Program – HSC 2019

This term Year 11 have begun their HSC courses for 2019.  In light of this they are also undertaking a learning program that has been crafted to support them through the HSC course and to give them the strategies and tools that they need to travel the path of the HSC and make the most of the year ahead. 

During our Curriculum meeting yesterday, I met with the Year 11 students to begin our conversation with them around setting goals and moving into the best mindset to enable them to reach their own personal Peak in their HSC year.  I spoke to them about our acronym,  PEAK – which breaks down qualities and approaches that will sustain them through the HSC.  We discussed the importance of “Planning ahead” to ensure you have a goal in mind for each subject, and persisting with this plan; “Engaging” the support networks around you (inclusive of parents, peers and teachers); “Aiming” for growth and the importance that one “Keeps trying”, persisting and persevering to build on the successes and revisit goals when things don’t go to plan.  We will revisit the concept of PEAK throughout the coming year to ensure that the students are reminded of this key message. 

As we move ahead with this program students will be provided with a template that they will use to develop their own individual Learning Plans.  It is on these plans that students will articulate their long-term academic goals as well as the short-term goals that will keep them motivated for the year ahead.  The students will be guided through the development of these plans and will have opportunities to discuss these plans with you and their teachers.  Your  daughter may approach you to discuss their goals with you.  You may wish to unpack their goals with them, discussing practical measures that they may put in place to achieve these goals. 

With this in mind, please be aware that the advice we give our senior students is that they should be undertaking a minimum of 2-3 hours of study per day.  Students should be completing any set homework each evening, and if they complete this quickly they should then spend time consolidating their learning by creating study notes and completing practice questions.  Clearly, such a commitment needs to be personalised to meet specific needs and demands; it should take into account a balance of leisure/extra-curricular commitments and rest/relaxation commitments. 

In upcoming newsletters we will provide further information about this program and how to manage their time and plan ahead over the Christmas break.  We have asked the students to consider their various study environments at school and home to ensure that they are working at their peak! 

Please contact the learning office if you have any questions.  We will be sending you regular updates about the program and looking forward to working alongside you throughout this important year for your daughter. 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


HSC Examinations Conclude

Congratulations to our HSC students who completed their HSC examinations this week, the final examination today was Drama.  All students conducted themselves calmly and maturely throughout the examination process. Marking is now well underway and we wish our students well over the coming weeks as they anxiously await their results.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind students to come along to the Principal’s Morning Tea on Friday 14 December from 10:00am – 11:00am 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.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Campion Booklists 2019

We are pleased to advise 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: “DGHC”

 Please place your order as soon as possible, by Friday 7 December 2018 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 18 January 2019.  

Also for your information, please see below the “Additional Purchases List” outlining the specific stationery and additional items required for each subject.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Office.


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Learning Assistant


Dates to Remember –  Term 4  2018

Year 10 Year 10 Creating Flexible Futures  – SPRINT 2018

Monday 19 November to Friday 23 November

Year 10  Year 10 Creating Flexible Futures  – LAUNCH 2018

Monday 26 November to Wednesday 5 December

Years 7 – 11 Years 7 – 11 Awards Ceremony

Thursday  6 December

12:45pm – 3:15pm


Year 12 HSC 2018 Results Principal’s Morning Tea

Friday 14 December

10:00am – 11:00am

Mary Ward Quad