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Learning News - 8 October 2021

Explore these Learning updates for each year group as we prepare to return onsite, including information on assessments, results and information sessions, and study tips from Dr Prue Salter.

Years 7-10 Term 4 update 

NAPLAN results: NAPLAN results have been posted home to parents of students in Years 5, 7 and 9 in Week 1 of Term 4. Please find attached an information sheet that assists parents with reading and interpreting these reports. If you have any questions about this data please do not hesitate to contact a Dean of Learning at learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

Continuous reporting: As you are aware we have moved to a process of Continuous Reporting for students across Years 7-10. This is in addition to our semesterised reports that are published at the conclusion of each semester. Please find attached the instructions on how to navigate the CANVAS courses in order to engage with your daughter’s learning and assessment tasks on CANVAS. 

Assessments for Term 4: Please remember that each CANVAS course has an overview of your daughter’s assessment for the year. This is the quickest way for you to access information about your daughter’s formal assessments for the term ahead and to guide her planning for these. Year 7 and 8 advisors are working with their students to assist them with planning for their assessments task this term.

Subject confirmation letters: The Learning Office is in the process of emailing out subject confirmation letters to parents to confirm students’ choices for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 for 2022.

 

Year 11 Term 4 Update

Exam results: Year 11 are currently receiving feedback for their online examinations that they completed during the exam block last term. We congratulate Year 11 on their adaptability in managing these tasks in the remote context. In FACETIME today, Year 11 were encouraged to reflect on their performance in these tasks and to set goals for their HSC studies.

HSC pattern of study: At the commencement of Term 4, Year 11 students who are making changes to their pattern of study (dropping subjects or picking up extension subjects) must submit the electronic form by the conclusion of Week 1. This process has been explained to the students. Students have been encouraged to speak to their subject teachers or to a Dean of Learning and/or the Careers team if they need advice with their decision making.

Year 11 Parent Information Evening: The Year 11 Parent Information Evening is scheduled for Wednesday 13 October 2021 at 7pm  and will conclude at approximately 8:00pm. This presentation is about your daughter’s transition into their HSC year. As this information evening offers an invaluable opportunity for you to discuss the HSC year ahead with your daughter, we ask that your daughter also attends. This event will be livestreamed and recorded. The details for accessing the webinar have been shared with parents and students via email.

 

Year 12 Update

Trial results: Our Year 12 students have received their Trial examinations back and should now be engaging with the feedback provided for these tasks to look for any areas for improvement in order to hone their study. We wish them well as they continue to prepare for their HSC examinations that commence on Tuesday 9th November.  

Trial Transcript: The HSC Trial Transcript was published to Year 12 parents and students today. This Transcript provides students with a snapshot of their internal assessment data and their Trial results. A detailed explanation of this data was emailed to parents and students when the transcripts were published.  

Practice trials Term 4 Week 2: Year 12 students are encouraged to engage in optional HSC trial practice papers next week. These papers were posted home to students so that they can experience the full written paper and submit these for feedback to their teachers.  

We look forward to welcoming Year 12 students back onsite from Week 3 for their STUVAC week. There will be drop-in sessions online for students who need to access their teachers during this time.

 

Dr. Prue Salter - Study Skills

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, all Year 12 students were invited to a study skills session run via Zoom by Dr. Prue Salter titled “The Year 12 Countdown: Moving towards achieving your personal best in a stress-free way for your last weeks of school”. 

It was an engaging and practical session that provided students with some concrete ways to manage and organise their study time in the lead up to their HSC examinations. Dr. Salter asked students to physically create their own individualised study timetable while in the session with some tailored guidance which the students found to be an incredibly valuable exercise.

Her top tips for what Year 12 students should be doing now in regards to their study in preparation for exams include:

  • Make your revision ACTIVE, do not just sit there reading over notes; complete practice questions, do online multiple choices quizzes etc.
  • Concentrate on completing past papers under examination conditions and for the full examination time if you can.
  • Work on filling in the gaps in your knowledge and understanding - a great way to do this is to identify the areas for growth based on feedback from the past papers you completed. Put your effort into those areas!
  • There is no “one right way” to study - you need to work out what works best for you.
  • Study ONE subject per day on the days you still have timetabled lessons and TWO subjects per day when you do not have lessons.

Initial feedback from students was very positive and we encourage you to touch base with your daughters about what they took away from the presentation. Dr. Salter has also kindly agreed to share her slides from the presentation and these will be sent through to the school where they can be shared with students.

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