The HSC exam period certainly- the final stage of the marathon- is now completed. There really is nothing like it in the world for our Year 12 students and they really do deserve the holiday now that it is all over. The questions were challenging, the skills covered were broad and the examination demanded a breadth of understanding across a wide variety of concepts. The Social Science Staff reported a pleasing number of students submitting work leading right up to the examination date and there were many visits to school during the study vacation. We are confident they were well prepared and we are looking forward to seeing the students’ HSC results.
Our thoughts are also with the parents, knowing that the graduation process is completed. You must be breathing a sigh of relief now that they can become regular members of the household again.
For our new HSC students, the marathon has just begun. They face a range of assessment tasks including Legal Studies oral presentations, a Business Studies finance task, Economics research and essay, and for the Geographers there has already been research, fieldwork and an in class task. Busy days for them, but they are a very positive group of students and are handling the new course requirements with enthusiasm and skill.
Year 10 Geographers are enjoying learning about international issues and using Virtual Reality equipment as part of their study. They will soon be undertaking an excellent learning cross-curricular opportunity called Think, Know, Act which will effectively finish their year on a high note.
Year 9 Commerce are gearing up for two smashing Commerce Day stalls where money is raised to help finance the school’s Social Justice activities. The stalls will be held Tuesday, 22 November and Thursday, 24 November.
Year 9 Geographers are critically analysing a National Geographic film called Before the Flood. Climate change is a significant challenge for our future generations so this is a timely look at the state of the planet. Year 7 and 8 Geographers are also looking at significant global issues.
In other news, all students and parents should be aware that a new NSW Geography syllabus is in place and in 2017 the Year 7 cohort will be the first to undertake their study. You can access the Board of Studies website here for some details about what is involved.
Keith Hopkins (Mr)
Social Science Coordinator
Year 11 Geography fieldtrip to Tamburlaine Winery, Hunter Valley