Assistant Principal's Report

For Parents & Students

 

A recent OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report highlights the prevalence of bullying in Australian schools. In particular, the report highlights that it is imperative parents and teachers are aware of any incident of bullying.

 

Students need to ensure they immediately report any form of bullying to their Pastoral Teacher, Year Leader or Assistant Principal. Any act of bullying is an action repeated more than once. As already mentioned, bullying is something we all must continue to address, particularly with the increasing prevalence of online bullying and the encounters after this.

 

As a parent, your awareness of online interactions at any time out of school needs frequent monitoring. If you are concerned go to the police and make a report. Provide screenshots of evidence where you are able.

We all want our students to get a great education. The building blocks for a great education begin with a reasonable school attendance record. Students develop good habits by going to school every day – habits that are necessary to succeed after school, whether in the workplace or in further study.

 

Missing school can have a big impact on students academically and socially. It can affect their work results, and, just as importantly, it can affect their relationships with other students, leading in some cases to social isolation. There is no ‘safe’ number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

 

It’s never too late for a student to improve attendance.  Every day counts. Schools are there to help – if your child is having attendance issues, speak to the school about ways to address the problem.

 

Study tips

  • Study in chunked sessions: Your ability to retain information diminishes after about 25-30 minutes, so break it up into multiple, smaller sessions. Reward yourself with fun activities during your breaks.

 

  • Have a dedicated study area: don't study where you do anything else. Don't study in bed, in front of the TV, or, where you play games (even if it's your computer).

 

  • Know the difference between recognition and recollection. Recognition requires a trigger for you to remember something and you may not get that trigger on a test. Study actively with focus on recollection. Quiz yourself and don't just glance over highlighted notes.

 

  • Take good notes: Find note-taking methods that work for you and expand on them as soon as possible after your class lecture to increase retention and understanding.

 

  • Be ready to teach what you've learned: If you can teach it to someone else, you have a solid grasp on the material.

 

  • Read textbooks effectively: Use the SQ3R method (Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review) to actively retain information. Just reading it is not enough.

 

It is important for our students to understand that learning is a lifelong challenge, an adventure and a certainty. However as people get older there is a tendency to fall into two predictable categories: they learn to adopt either a growth or fixed mindset. The good thing to remember at this point is that a mindset can be changed!

 

Many people, as I am sure you are aware, have fixed beliefs about what they can and cannot do such as I am bad at maths or I am not good at sports. These are examples of a fixed mindset. The problem with this attitude is that any learning is blocked and the ability to learn is therefore dismissed.

 

The great news is that we can change a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Everything a person sets their mind to is an opportunity for challenge and learning. Instead of believing they are not smart at something, people with a growth mindset focus on process and progress, always looking for opportunities to stretch their ability.

 

Therefore the ability a person has at the time of approaching new learning is the starting point for development and embodies a passion for learning, rather than a hunger for approval. Remember, your parents and teachers are also there to support you in developing a growth mindset.

So, when you are next confronted with something you find difficult, aim to embrace the challenge. Instead of saying “I can’t do that!” say “I haven’t learnt that yet!”

 

 

 

 

Year 10 students

Please click on the link below for information about university entry requirements  for 2017.

 

http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/publications/year10-booklet-17.pdf

 

 

Have a safe & happy holiday.

 

 

Simon Fleming

Assistant Principal/ Curriculum Coordinator