Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Years 9-12 Exams
Last week all Year 10 and 11 students completed their Semester One exams in all subjects. This Tuesday and Wednesday, all Year 9 students sat exams in English, Maths, Science and Humanities for the first time. Also on Wednesday, all students studying a VCE unit 3/4 sequence sat the GAT (General Achievement Test). It has been quite a sight to see so many rows of examination tables and students sitting in the new gym during the examination period. Thanks to the student management team – Robyn Wilson, Tim Randell, Rachael Pierce, Andrew Fisher, Jo Greenhalgh, Andrew Moffat, Justin Wischusen, Matina Rodrigues and Dylan Piubello for the organisation and efficient running of these exam weeks.
The new timetable for the start of Semester Two begins on Monday 18 June for the whole school.
Senior School Information Night
All current students in Years 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to attend the VCE/VCAL Information Night and Subject Expo next week on Thursday 21 June. The Information Night and Subject Expo will provide students and parents with an opportunity to learn about, and participate in, aspects of every VCE and VCAL subject we have available for students to select from at Mordialloc College. A reminder: the Year 9 information session starts at 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre; Year 9 SEAL at 6:30 pm in the Glass House (Learning Centre); and Year 10 at 7:00 pm in Learning Centre. These information sessions are then followed by the Subject Expo in the Enquiry Zone.
Year 9 Careers Talk
Congratulations to Director of Student Engagement, Sally Mitchell, for running a successful careers event for all Year 9 students during 'My Mentor' last week. Sally organised a number of speakers across eight different jobs to speak to students about their pathway and what is involved in their current role. We had parents, family members and friends of staff volunteer to participate in this event. Speakers included a professional golfer, real estate agent, builder, outdoor education leader, IT, exercise physiology and fitness trainer, business leader and accountant.
The College believes that to promote student engagement with their learning, some homework should be set and done regularly under the coordination of the teacher. The work completed at home by a student is a vital and necessary extension of the class lessons to enable them to consolidate and reinforce the work covered during the day. This is best done some hours after the lesson and when the student is alone. Students’ work at home is divided into two categories:
HOME STUDY: students should independently follow-up on class work to ensure that work is understood and relevant facts are committed to memory as a foundation for future learning; and
HOMEWORK: which is a task set by the teacher or the completion of work not finished in class.
Home study should be done each night. Consistent study through the year is essential for success in the senior years and the habit of home study must be set in the middle school years. The student planner (diary) is an important tool for students to plan their work commitment and for parents as a means of communication between teacher and parents.
Time spent in home study will vary between individuals. The following table is a guide to the time the student should spend on home study and homework most nights of the week.
Year 7 - 1 hour
Year 8 - 1 hour
Year 9 - 1½ hours
Year 10 - 2 hours
Year 11 - 2½ hours
Year 12 - 3 hours
If parents are worried about too much homework or lack of it they should contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator in Years 7-12.
Home study provides further opportunities for parents to participate in their child’s education by:
- Providing suitable conditions for study. Students need a quiet place, with adequate equipment (table, chair) and lighting.
- Taking an active interest in the work set. Check the student planner (helping your children to use it systematically to record tasks to be done). Use the student planner as a means of communication between individual teachers and your home.
- Taking note of due dates (put them on your household calendar too) and see that the work is actually done.
- Getting to know your children’s work habits. Pace of work varies from person to person. Some students work better in the morning, others at night. Make allowances for these individual preferences.
- Helping your children to find a suitable balance between the time spent on school work, sport, entertainment, part-time job, household chores and other activities.
- Encouraging your household to work co-operatively. Parents and students need to realise each other’s needs and to work together to achieve family ambitions and goals.
- Students should be aware of the world around them so they should be encouraged to read widely, including the daily newspapers.
Winter Uniform Reminder
I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to the uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform and that this must be worn in the correct manner (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as would be expected in any workplace. This also means no hoodies worn under or over your jumper.
Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our College community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home.
Ms. Michelle Roberts