LEARNING IN OUR FINAL WEEKS
The students’ last day at school this term will be Tuesday, 6 December. On this day we will celebrate Advent and look forward to Christmas with our very special annual Advent liturgy. Following this we will hold our Academic Awards Assembly, in which we will recognise some of the notable achievements in learning of our Years 7-10 students in Semester Two, and likewise present awards for particular successes of students who have now completed their Preliminary HSC courses.
Students will be dismissed at the conclusion of this assembly, which will be at approximately 12:40pm.
Over the next few weeks, much learning will continue to take place, both to complete 2016 course work and also to consolidate and extend students’ skills in preparation for 2017. Elsewhere in this newsletter you can read about some of the specific programs being undertaken, which also include our annual cross-curricular project for Year 10, a new STEM initiative for Year 7 and some fascinating forays into virtual reality in the Social Science faculty.
This is also a valuable time for students to reflect on the feedback that they have received on their recent examinations and other assessments. They are encouraged to consider both how they have progressed towards their goals for this year, and also to begin forming some goals for their learning in 2017. As outlined to our students this term, and to parents at this week’s P&F AGM, our new pastoral structure commencing next year will include the opportunity for each girl to have regular, focussed coaching sessions which will provide further support in the process of goal striving. In order to maximise the effectiveness of these sessions, it will be important for every girl to take real ownership of her learning in this respect, and we are very excited about this development in support structures and processes for academic care.
Further information about our new pastoral structure will be provided to each family with your daughter’s end of year report, which will be mailed to Year 7-10 parents in early December. Should you wish to discuss your daughter’s report with any of her teachers, as always, you are welcome to make more telephone contact. Teachers will be available until Thursday, 8 December.
Miriam Berlage (Mrs)