Teaching and Learning News

Naplan Tests

NAPLAN testing will occur during weeks 3 and 4 of this term for all students in Year 7 and 9. This testing is compulsory for all students in those years and students should only be absent if supported by a doctor’s certificate or they are COVID positive and not attending school. Students who are close contacts are able to come on site and complete the testing. 

To assist with the delivery of the tests can we ask that you check the following on your daughter’s machine before Tuesday 10 May; 

  • Windows based machine; that the lockdown browser used in the practice test is still installed. That she is not running a VPN network on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled. That she is not running any third party antivirus on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled.
  • Apple based machine; that the lockdown browser used in the practice test has been removed and that the new lockdown browser has been installed. The link for this new long down browser has been emailed to your daughter. That she is not running a VPN network on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled. That she is not running any third party antivirus on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled.

All students are expected to have with them for all tests;

  • A fully charged laptop each day
  • A set of wired rather than wireless headphones, we have found that wireless headphones such as airpods are creating interference and affecting the testing.
  • Mobile phones need to be switched off and placed in their locker during the testing.

All students should treat the testing seriously and therefore aim to produce their best result  possible. We will use these test results to inform our teaching and develop our professional learning focus over the coming years and to help us create classes. 

 

Reports

Reports are currently being developed for students in Years 11 and 12. Parents are reminded about the upcoming Parent/ Teacher/ Student interviews which are to take place face to face on site on May 17.

 

Junior Study Skills Evening

Bethany College will be hosting a Study Skills evening for parents and students in Year 7-9 on Tuesday 24th of May.  Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning  Educational Services will present a range of strategies to assist students with time management, effective study techniques and revision routines.  

The presentation will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Yallunga Hall. A letter outlining further information will be distributed to students in homeroom next week

 

Learning Labs

The University of Wollongong will be hosting an academic and creative arts enrichment holiday program aimed at students from Year 7 to 10, who are passionate, self-motivated and curious learners. The Learning Labs program will be held at the University campus on the 6th to 8th of July. Interested families can access further information here. Applications close on the 18th of May. Please come and see Mr Kipriotis if you are interested.

 

Afterschool Tutoring

A reminder that the Afterschool tutors are available Monday to Friday until 4pm. It has been pleasing to see the large number of students who have been making the most of the opportunity. The tutors provide students with help regarding homework or upcoming assignments.

 

 

Dorian Kipriotis                      Gregg Conroy

Leader of Teaching                Leader of Learning