From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  •  Monday 6/11: Y11 PTS Interviews
  • Wednesday 8/11: Year 7 2018 Orientation Day and Parent Information Evening
  • Monday 11/12 Y7-11 Awards Ceremony and end of year Mass. Last day for students
  • Wednesday 13/12: Y7-10 PTS Interviews


A reminder that students are to make their way to and from school using the most direct route. Girls should not be loitering around transport nodes such as the bus interchange at Hurstville, nor should they be in Westfield in College uniform without a note from their parents signed by their Year Coordinator.


It’s Assessment Time!!!!

I see many students in the playground and in the library at present preparing for summative assessments. Many of them say to me that they have left their study to the last minute, wishing they had started earlier, but are wondering what to do now….In an ideal world it would be great if all students paid attention, focused and participated in all classes, completed all homework and assessments thoroughly, asked for help throughout the year on anything they didn’t understand, made regular summaries of the work covered in class (preferably at the end of each topic or section) and did their best to learn as they go throughout the year. But in reality, this doesn’t always happen for every student and every subject.

Parents can be a wonderful support, helping their daughters plan for study, but also in giving them advice on how to manage last minute nerves.  How do you support your daughters when they feel like they have left their study to the last minute? The key is to support her to be independent and learn to do this for herself. She is the one sitting the task, and there is much to learn about preparing which can only happen if she is supported to do it, as opposed to having it done for her.



  1. FIND OUT FAST IF THEY KNOW WHAT THE TASK IS- DOES SHE HAVE THE NOTIFICATION: Help her be clear about what she needs to learn and what will be tested. It is impossible to start study until you are sure what you have to know. Get her to list what knowledge is needed and what the assessment format is and what style of questions will be asked. Encourage her to seek clarification with her teacher.
  2. GATHER MATERIALS: Advise her to have notes, materials, textbooks on everything she needs to learn? If not, ask if she has a peer in the class who can ‘fill in the blanks’ or is the work available via google docs or google classroom
  3. MAKE A PLAN: With limited time left, encourage your daughter to make the most of it. Help her draw up a grid that shows how much time she have left before your exams to study. Decide if she will spend equal time on each subject or if certain subjects need more time. Have her allocate subjects to the timeslots then encourage her to decide exactly what she will do to prepare for each subject. For each subject she could make a list of what sort of study she should do to prepare for that subject. Brainstorm ideas on how to prepare, and share ideas with your friends.
  4. CREATE STUDY NOTES: Your daughter should target her notes to what will be tested. It is best for learning and memory to make study notes herself, but if she have run out of time there are options. Advise her to see if any of her class materials or textbooks have summarised the sections, see if there are study guides available in the library on the topics to learn. She could split the topics between friends and share the notes made. She shouldn’t spend too long on this stage, it needs to be completed as quickly as possible.
  5. STUDY! What does study actually mean? It means memorising the material you need to know so you can recall it in the exams, and transferring this knowledge by applying it to new situations and different questions. Encourage her to practise the skills of the subject so she knows how to do the types of questions she will have in the exam. To memorise notes your  daughter will  need to test herself over and over on them. She could read a section, see what she can write down without looking then check. She could then review the things she didn’t know again. Or she could do the same approach reading things out loud then seeing what you can repeat out loud. Doing questions, practise essays, past exam questions will also help her understand what she know, and what you need to spend more time on; this is called self assessment, or assessment as learning. The key is to get started.



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal