Congratulations to all Year 11 students for completing their exams. For Years 9 and 10 students, please note that exams will be done during class time over the next week due to the recent lockdown. These are important assessment tools and provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of key skills and knowledge. Of course exams in themselves do not signal the end of the semester. There is valuable learning to be undertaken in all subjects until the last day of term. It is an expectation that students attend all classes and meet all assessment obligations until this point in time. We thank all families for their support.
Correction Day is on Friday 18 June. This is a student-free day and provides time for teachers to complete marking, Learning Tasks and Semester Reports.
End-of-semester reports will be available on Compass at the end of Term 2. Please read these reports carefully and discuss with your child how they can further improve their academic performance in the second half of this year. These reports will include a transcript of all information provided via Learning Tasks throughout Semester 1. Progress Reports will also be completed by teachers - these provide valuable feedback about students’ effort, organisation and behaviour.
When reflecting on their reports, students should focus upon the attributes and behaviours teachers recommend for further improvement - perseverance, hard-work, asking for help, taking pride in their learning and setting high expectations. Educational research has proven that intelligence is changeable (not predetermined or fixed), and that academic growth can be achieved by all - working hard, being resilient and acting on the advice in end-of-semester reports are the keys to achieving this growth.
A reminder that students wearing shirts must have them tucked in at all times. Also, we would like to remind families that facial piercings are not acceptable at McKinnon and earrings should be a simple sleeper or stud. Nail polish must be clear and unobtrusive. Our strict uniform policy is an important part of the positive McKinnon School culture and we appreciate everyone’s support in this area.