Honours and Leadership Induction Ceremony
On Thursday 11 February, it was a privilege to participate in the School’s Honours and Leadership Induction Ceremony. Dr Rebecca Choy, ex-scholarship winner and graduate from 2010, gave the students from Year 5 to Year 12 an inspirational address about the importance of her AISM education. Similarly, ex-scholarship winners and graduates from 2015, Seo Yiie Lyn and Choo Khai Kern, gave addresses about their Senior School experiences. Along with Dr Priest, their addresses were filled with passion and wisdom and were very well received by parents, staff and students present. We also acknowledged other graduates from last year: Kenny Lee, Thung Xuan Lim and Dashveen Jose, all of whom were Distinguished HSC Award winners from 2015.
Mrs Chew, representing the Board of Governors of AISM, was able to distribute scholarships for 2016 to Year 11 students Soo Wing Yuee, Veerayutharani A/P Heimkumar, Ng Han Qi, Wan Nor Alia Binti Wan Saifulruddin and Dilwen Ding Tze How.
Finally our Primary, Middle and Senior School Captains, Prefects and House Captains for 2016 were inducted. Congratulations to all who were formally acknowledged with leadership positions, but as was stipulated on the day, it is important that all students take their part in effective leadership at our school. We wish ALL of the students the best in the coming year, in particular Vice Captain of the School Adam Khalid and Captains of School Lynette Too and Edly Elias. They have already been busy working on ensuring a fantastic student representation at the Athletics Carnival next Thursday 18 February. I encourage all students to ensure they attend and take part, in an effort to respect the amount of work our young leadership team has already exerted.
By the end of next week, students in Years 6 to 10 should be able to access a Term Overview for every subject, which will provide an understanding of what is being taught in each learning area. In addition, parents will also have access to the Assessment Calendar for Term 1. This can be used to assist your child in organising study plans. It is important that parents are able to support students with planning and understand when the busy times are for assessment.
There are so many opportunities for every student to achieve academic success. Many students want to do well, but sometimes lack an understanding of the principles of effective study habits.
Following are some effective study habits for you to discuss with your child.
Effective Habits for Effective Study
Students should try to develop and appreciate the following habits:
- Take responsibility for yourself: responsibility is recognition that in order to succeed you can make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources;
- Centre yourself around your values and principles: don't let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important;
- Put first things first: follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don't let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals;
- Discover your key productivity periods and places; morning, afternoon, evening; study spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritise these for your most difficult study challenges;
- Consider yourself in a win-win situation; you win by doing your best and contributing your best to a class, whether for yourself, your fellow students, and even for your teachers and parents. If you are content with your performance, a grade becomes an external check on your performance, which may not coincide with your internal benefits;
- First understand others, then attempt to be understood: when you have an issue with a teacher, for example a questionable grade, an assignment deadline extension, put yourself in the teacher's place. Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation;
- Look for better solutions to problems: for example, if you don't understand the course material, don't just re-read the material. Try something else! Consult with the teacher, go to a tutorial, your Home Room teacher, a classmate, your Year Level Coordinator, Head of School, the Head of Careers and Pathways, School Counsellor and so on;
- Look to continually challenge yourself.
Adapted from: http://www.studygs.net/attmot4.html
Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools