From The Assistant Principal

The Easter break is an excellent time to get the winter uniform out and check its length as many of the students have grown significantly taller over the last two terms. The winter uniform needs to be worn after Mother’s Day on May 10. This gives ample time for any necessary purchases to be made at the uniform shop.

Winter Uniform

Winter College Uniform: 7-9

 Long sleeve College blouse

  • College tunic worn at mid knee length
  • College knee high socks (not ankle)   or opaque navy pantyhose
  • College cardigan

Year 7The College Blazer is the compulsory outer garment to be worn to and   from school.

Year 8 and 9 -The College blazer is optional however if a student does not have a blazer, the College cardigan must be   worn as compulsory outer garment to and from school.

 

Senior Winter Uniform: 10-12

College blouse

College skirt worn at mid knee length

Knee high socks (not ankle) or opaque navy pantyhose

College Blazer which must be worn as compulsory outer garment to and from school.

 

Sport Uniform (Years 7-10)

  • College tracksuit long pants and jacket (shorts may be worn underneath for sport if students wish)
  • College sport T shirt
  • College ankle socks
  • well supported lace up sport shoes (Not canvas: Vans/Converse etc)
  • College Sports cap

Winter Sport Uniform: 11 -12

Year 11 & 12- Uniform should be retained where possible to wear at carnivals and representing the college at sporting events

For extra warmth in winter students may wear:

  • College scarf only
  • College vest
  • any other layering (spencers etc.) must be worn under the school uniform and not be visible

 General Uniform

  • College Badge should be worn with   the uniform
  • Plain leather flat lace up shoes
  • Make up should not be worn to  school
  • hair should be tied back and a  natural, uniform colour
  • nails should be natural looking and kept to an appropriate length to allow students to conduct school work   unimpeded and prevent a student harming themselves or others. Only clear nail polish may be worn. No French tips will be permitted.
  • No visible facial piercing or  tattoos will be accepted.
  • jewellery-the only jewellery that is permitted is

○      One set of small studs worn in the lowest part of the ear lobe- no other piercings

○      one watch

○      one gold or silver chain with a Christian symbol

  • College Bag- The bag is designed to be worn high on the student’s backs, it is therefore advised that straps are done up to avoid unnecessary stress on the students.

 Important dates for Term 2                        

  • 20 April: School resumes
  • 7 May: Mother’s Day Mass and Breakfast
  • 8 May: Staff Development Day (Collaboration) /Pupil Free Day
  • 12-15 May: NAPLAN
  • 13 May: Yr. 12 Parent/student/teacher interviews
  • 5 June: Staff Development Day (Assessment and Feedback)/ Pupil Free Day
  • 8 June: Queens Birthday long weekend
  • 17 June: Athletics Carnival
  • 26 June: 7-11 Parent/student/teacher interviews
  • 26 June: Term 2 concludes

PREPARING FOR ASSESSMENTS AND EXAMS

I have had conversations with many parents and students, asking about the best way to get organised and to be prepared for these punctuation marks in a students learning. Class teachers are the best people to advise the students on how to prepare for the task at hand, and the college assessment handbook is a great guide.  There are also a number of ways parents can generally support their daughters to achieve their best. At times students can be reluctant to discuss exams and assessments with parents, however as a “golden rule” try to stay positive and upbeat, remembering that assessment is about measuring progress at a point in time, so we know where to go from here. 

 STEP 1: FACT FINDING

  • Get your daughter to help you access the assessment calendars on Bethanet then map out the dates on a calendar or planner at home and pop it in a visible place.
  • As the date approaches ask your daughter about the exam/ assignment. Ideally this should happen a few weeks prior to the assessment (that’s why a calendar is a good idea). Ask to have a look at the assessment notification and ask your daughter:
    • What topics are being tested/ what product do you need to create?
    • What is the structure of the exam/ assignment ie. what types of questions and how much are they worth?/
    • What sort of studying should I be doing for this exam?/ what information do I need to convey?

 If they have a number of exams it is a good idea to collect the information in an examination preparation grid

Subject

Topics

Date/Time

Length

Format

Timing

Eg Italian

 

Common objects

Greetings

People places & things

 

Tuesday

May 16th

2pm-3.30pm

 

1.5 Hrs

(90 mins)

 

 

20 multiple choice

2 sections each worth 30 marks

80 marks total

20 mins mult.choice

30 mins section 1

30 mins section 2

10 mins checking

 

STEP 2: GETTING ORGANISED

Ask/ help your daughter make a list of all the things they need to study/ do the assessment.

Get them to explain what is required / concepts to you

 STEP 3: TIME MANAGEMENT

Suggest that your daughter draw up a table that shows each week and how much time there is until the assessment.  Write in each of the assessments.. Write in all commitments like sport etc – any time where they won’t be able to study so they can see how much time is left. Remember: take breaks and study/ prepare for the ‘hardest’ subject first and generally work in one hour blocks.

STEP 4: START STUDYING/WORKING ON ASSIGNMENT

Main things to remember for exams:

  • study notes are the first stage of  revision- ask your daughter if they have some.
  • Your daughter needs to spend time learning, understanding and remembering the information and then TESTING herself to see if you are able to recall this information in a test situation.
  • Suggest your daughter keep a list of things she needs to ask her teacher.
  • If your daughter is unsure of how to study for her subject encourage her to ask her teacher for some suggestions.

 

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal