Mr David Mowbray
This week has been hectic as we settled into the new term. And, one huge issue for us has been the disruption to normal bus services at the senior campus. There has been a deterioration of the exit to the bus loop and this has resulted in the low-rider buses being unable to leave the loop without damage to the bus. This has forced a need to relocate the drop off and pick up points for the conveyancing and transfer buses to the rear of Traralgon West Sports Complex…with things not working as smoothly as we would have hoped or expected with this arrangement.
We have been trying to secure funding for the needed major repair work, but have been unsuccessful. So, we will be attempting a temporary repair and monitoring this solution until further support is given to make a permanent fix. Apologies, for the inconvenience to: students, parents and staff that have been affected.
Temporary repairs have now been completed, we will pursue a permanent fix as soon as possible. Buses to resume normal schedules on Monday.
Our aim is to avoid students needing to move between two locations to catch different buses.
Commencing in Headstart, in mid-December, we will be making some changes to our school day. We will be changing to a 5-period day using the following times:
We will be sending out more information around these changes in the next few weeks. What we are aiming for is more continuity with teacher and student contact for each class, more time for students in getting an increased frequency of opportunities to practice and reinforce their learning, give students more time on each subject.
For our Year 12 students there remain just 2 more weeks of classes before they join in the VCE Exams.
An article from The Age, sourcing exam assessors, enlightens students and, hopefully, now parents on some tips to improve success during this time.
General tips include:
- Taking a deep breath, visualise success, and then the obvious: read the question carefully.
- Use timed past examinations as a guide and corrects your work critically, ensuring you follow up any mistakes.
- Set revision goals and revise for multiple short blocks of time each day, preferably with a friend of similar ability.
- Write legibly. Assessors must read hundreds of responses. Illegibility will not influence the assessment but it does make the task more difficult for assessors.
- When presented with data or stimulus, make sure it is used at some stage in the answer.
- Try not to leave blanks. At the bare minimum get the skeleton of the response down.
- Start with the section that you feel most confident in. This will help build your confidence in the exam and get you into a steady rhythm.
- Underline the key terms in the question.
- If in doubt, trust your instincts and move on. There is no point remaining fixated on a question worth one mark.
- Ensure your study environment is similar to the real exam; same light, sound, smell, water bottle, specialised equipment.
To read more specific tips for Maths Methods, English, Health and HD, and Psychology: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/examiners-reveal-secret-vce-exam-tips-20151005-gk20ty#ixzz3nv2ka4gS
We wish them all the best in these upcoming weeks.
We will be meeting with Dr James Tang from Latrobe Community Health next week. He will begin working in our school one morning a week this term. Once the process for referral has been finalised we will inform parents.