Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools
On Wednesday 13 November, we will be saying goodbye to our Year 12 cohort during Periods 1 and 2. A Farewell Assembly will be traditionally held in their honour ending with the Junior School students joining us for the “Tunnel of Love”. Further details will be sent to parents of the HSC students and will also be made available on E-News. However, please note that parents of 2019 Year 12 students are encouraged to “save the date” now. The Year 12 Formal Dinner will also be held on Wednesday 13 November. A gentle reminder to Year 12 parents to RSVP if you have not already done so.
End of Year Dinner for Year 10
Traditionally the School holds a Year 10 Dinner at the end of the school year. The Year 10 Dinner will be held on Friday 1 November. A letter was sent previously to all parents and guardians in Year 10 with details.
Class Groupings 2020
Mr Unsworth is currently constructing the timetable for 2020...my thanks to him for his significant and enormous workload while he completes this important task. As a general guideline, whilst completing the timetable we also work with current teachers to determine the class groupings for next year. This is based on their working knowledge of how students work together in the classroom and how they are performing. In general we try to keep Homeroom groups together; however, this is not always feasible. We will be working on these groupings over the upcoming weeks and hope to communicate them to parents and students by the end of the school year.
By the time the next School Newsletter is made available, we will already have started Years 6 to 10 examinations. Please remember to be organised, to exercise and eat well during the examination period, and to study hard in the next few weeks.
A reminder that students in Years 6 to 10 ARE NOT allowed home in between examinations and have access to study materials during their afternoon classes throughout the examination period.
Developing a Positive Attitude to Schooling
Particularly around this time of the academic year, some students start to become tired and drained while others are excited as they can see the end of the year approaching. Sometimes the attitude to school can change, particularly for those who know they will be moving elsewhere the following year, and it is important that we try to maintain a positive attitude to learning.
As parents, it can make a difference to remember that when you talk to your child about school, you focus on the positives. Try to encourage your child to look for a small positive about their teacher or their subject first and build on that. For those who feel as though they are not achieving, focus on the learning and not the result. Small steps such as these can go a long way. The following is an example of a reasonable e-book with some simple tips, which I have previously shared, but believe has some simple and effective guidelines. Happy reading.