From the Assistant Principal

As we reach the end of the academic year I encourage families to take some time to review the year that was, in order to celebrate the achievements of 2019 and look for areas of growth for 2020. The following questions might help to frame a discussion/ reflection. 

What am I most proud of in relation to my schooling this year?

Did I achieve my academic goals for 2019?

Did my approach to learning in 2019 produce more or less learning than I expected?

What could I have done differently?

What could I do to improve in 2020? 

As we draw towards the close of the term Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Education Services provides the following study tips for the holiday period acknowledging firstly the importance of taking a break.

Rest, relaxation, and time with family and friends is the main goal for students over the end of year holidays. However, there are some things that students might like to consider doing perhaps towards the end of the holidays, that will make their school year ahead much easier, particularly senior students.

 Organise and rearrange your room and study space to make it a more effective learning area.

  • Sort out all of your materials for school, decide what to keep and how to organise your work and if you can improve your filing systems.
  • Set up term planners for the year so you can map out your due dates when the year starts.
  • Set up a study timetable for the year so you have clear times allocated to complete your schoolwork during the week.
  • Think about building your skills in any areas of weakness or any areas you’d like to develop new skills in like touch typing.
  • If you can find out any of the novels you will be studying in the coming year, read them over the holidays.
  • For senior students, consider downloading the syllabus documents for the subjects you will be studying.

 

Of course we also want students to refresh their mind and body, catch up on their sleep and take the time to focus on enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

You can learn more about how to be a more effective student at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au by logging in with these details:

 

Username: bethanyhurstville

Password: 65success

 

Academic Awards

On Friday December 13, we will celebrate the academic achievement and efforts of our students in our final academic awards ceremonies for the year. Families whose daughters will be formally recognised at these ceremonies will receive a letter inviting them to attend. All students are to attend school as per usual.  During periods 1 and 2, Year 10 and 11 students will be involved in Homeroom and year group activities.

The Year 7-9 ceremony will be held from 9am – 10.30am and the Year 10 and 11 ceremony will commence at 11am and is expected to conclude at approximately 12.30pm. 

Following the Year 10-11 Academic Awards ceremony, year 10 and 11 students will be dismissed. Students in years 7-9 will remain at school and attend classes as usual. The final day of school for students in Year 7-9 will be Monday December 16, students will be dismissed at midday, buses to Hurstville have been organised.

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

On Tuesday December 17, our staff will be available for Parent/Teacher/Student interviews for students in Year 7-10. I encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity to engage in valuable feedback regarding your daughters efforts and achievement throughout Semester Two. 

Cyber Safety

Over the past couple of weeks, our students have had the opportunity to participate in workshops including the Optus Digital Thumbprint and the workshops on cyber safety facilitated by the  Police School Liaison Officer. In both workshops students were reminded of the importance of safe and respectful online behaviour. As you finalise your Christmas shopping in the coming weeks, you may be considering the gift of technology for your teenage daughter. Aware of the popularity of these gifts the eSafety Commissioner has published the following guide to assist parents and carers in the selection of tech based christmas gifts. I encourage anyone considering purchasing the gift of technology to visit this eSafey Gift Guide to assist in keeping young people safe in tech arena. 

 

Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal