|1 Dec 2021|
Today we gathered in community for the wonderful celebration of our Year 7-11 Awards Ceremony. As Ms Ugonotti mentioned in her Principal's Address, this important school event was as much about celebrating growth, effort and achievement in holistic learning as it was about being grateful for our community and its felicity throughout 2021. Please click here to view the programme from the ceremony.
We congratulate all students for their commitment to each tenet of our FACE Curriculum across this year. We acknowledge each of the achievements recognised this morning, and are delighted to share here some of our major award recipients for 2021.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you our students and families a Merry Christmas. After what has been a challenging year across the globe, it is imperative that we all take the time to connect with our family and friends and to rest over the upcoming holiday season. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank our parents; your calm approach to supporting your daughters’ remote learning experience has been greatly appreciated. We know that the experience presented numerous challenges and we are grateful for the support you provided during this time.
Please note that our students in Years 7-10 will not be given homework to complete during the holidays; they should have a very clear break from school and use the time to read for pleasure and pursue activities that they enjoy – particularly those activities that don’t involve screentime! The annual Mission Australia survey reports that some of our young people are spending up to 9 hours on screens per day – which was exacerbated by remote learning. Taking time away from screens and heading outdoors will be a fabulous way for our students to reset for the 2022 school year. A week before the new school year begins, we advise that students in Years 7-10 begin to plan for the year ahead by organising their study areas at home, purchasing any necessary stationery items and organising their technology. Throughout the break, we encourage all students to read their texts for English or to engage with any pre-reading required for their subjects in 2022.
For Year 11 students, we also encourage them to have a clear break from school for the first few weeks of the holidays. When we return to school in 2022 we will work with Year 12 students, via our FACEtime program, on setting goals for the year ahead and putting measures in place to keep them motivated and engaged. They will be asked to work with their tutors on their goals and have conversations about how they are currently tracking at school. In light of this and the fact that they have already commenced their HSC studies this term, it is necessary for them to do some work in the holidays in preparation for 2022. I will email students regarding what is expected of them over the break, but we also thought it helpful for parents to have some awareness of these expectations. One week before school commences we advise that students spend 2-3 hours each day reviewing their notes from Term 4, consolidating these notes in response to feedback from their teachers on assessment tasks, organising their electronic and physical files and (for Day girls) organising their study spaces at home. Returning in the new year feeling organised and engaged with all of their courses will make for a smoother transition into their HSC year.
YEARLY REPORTS and student timetables 2022
We are in the midst of the reporting period. Yearly Reports are currently being finalised and uploaded to the Parent Portal – Click Here. Please read these reports with your daughter and reflect on her learning in each of her subjects throughout the year. Student timetables for 2022 will be issued the week before students return to school in January via the Student Portal in Sentral. Please contact the Learning Office if you have any questions.
Ms Kieryn Bateman
Director of Learning
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