Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools
As we come to the end of Term Three, I would like to wish all families a relaxing vacation time.
The Year 11 students are more than halfway through their examinations and will start their HSC studies in a matter of a few short weeks. Year 11 End-of-Year Reports for the Preliminary Courses will be released by the beginning of the third week of Term Four, and current Year 12 Reports will be released next week.
would like to take this opportunity to thank the Year 12 students, for they have had to endure a final year of studies unlike any cohort before them. For example, usually our HSC Markers would have been at the School during the past two weeks and at the beginning of next term, assessing student work in the Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Design and Technology areas. Instead our students have had to squeeze months of missed time at school to finalise their products and major works in limited time with their teachers and mentors. Yet, the level of student work and their final products have been at a high standard this year. Equally their teachers have had to spend a lot of extra time helping to prepare students - for this I think everyone deserves a well-earned degree of appreciation...and we wish our students all the very best with their final results.
Next Friday the Year 12 students celebrate their final formal day of school with a special assembly and an outing afterwards. Both during and after our Term 3 break, these students will be focussing solely on preparation for the HSC Examinations, which begin in Week 3 of Term 4. Together with Mr Beadle, they have been working hard to put together a wonderful assembly next Friday morning for the students in MSS, and the assembly and evening for parents and families at the Year 12 Formal Graduation in Term 4.
Please note again that the Year 12 Final School Reports will be released next week in preparation for the HSC Examinations.
A reminder that students in Years 3-10 will be sitting their ISA tests on Wednesday 7 through to Friday 9 October. There will be a make up day on Monday 12 October for any student who is absent. The ISA tests are the standardised assessments that we use from year to year to measure the value added learning to student literacy and numeracy. At the beginning of 2021, parents will receive a report outlining the results of the assessments, along with the PAT test results from the tests being conducted in Week 6 of Term 4.
Next term, parents can expect to see the subject selections for 2021 confirmed. Mr Unsworth will work on the timetable and then we will confirm in writing student choices.
May all have a relaxing and enjoyable Term 3 break in preparation for the start of Term 4 classes.