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17 May 2019
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Opportunities at WHSC

We pride ourselves on providing the very best opportunities to our students in the areas important to our College Community.  As per our motto, 'Be The Best That You Can Be', we want our students to adhere to the highest of standards to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.

 

We want our students to achieve excellence across their studies.  We want them to be engaged and show growth with their learning.  We want them to further develop their skills allowing them to every opportunity to access a future study and career path that is important to them.

 

We also want them to excel in Sport, the Performing Arts, Student Leadership and in other key events and activities throughout the College.  The College Calendar reveals the full extent of the wonderful co-curricular opportunities that we afford our students.  From Sport to the Performing Arts, to Volunteering and Excursions, our students have so many opportunities to engage with as part of their education at WHSC.  We appreciate the hard work of all of our staff in creating these opportunities for our students, together with the support of our families in everything we are doing as a College as part of our classroom and co-curricular programs.

Student Attitudes to School Survey Program, 2019

The Department of Education (or DET) expect all Victorian Government State Schools to administer the Student Attitudes to School Survey Program each year.  All students from all year levels are expected to participate in this Program.

 

Beginning next week, our students will be answering questions relating to a number of key areas relating to their education and experiences at WHSC.  Please read on more information relating to the Student Attitudes to School Survey Program.

Blazers and Ties at WHSC

Last term we surveyed students, staff and families on their thoughts for the introduction of Blazers and Ties as compulsory uniform items at the College.

 

The response to the Survey was strong with many people  taking the opportunity to share their opinions.  

 

The data from the Survey shows that our College Community do not support Blazers and Ties as compulsory uniform items, and this was the response from student, staff and family groups.  As a result, we will not be including the Blazer and Tie as compulsory items on the Uniform List.

 

College Council does support the Blazer being added as an optional item to the Uniform List as of 2020 (the tie already appears as an optional item) for students and families to consider. 

 

Blazers and Ties will remain a feature of the College.  For example, Blazers and Ties will be loaned to students as required for key events and activities involving the College (eg special assemblies, representation of the College at key community events, etc).  Furthermore, if families and students want to wear the Blazer and Tie as part of their regular uniform, they have the option to do so from 2020.

 

We thank our College Community for their feedback on this issues.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

As stated in the last Newsletter (3/5/19), we investigating the implementation of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (or VCAL) for our College Community.   A number of teams within the College have been discussing recently the possible inception of VCAL at our school.

 

As mentioned in the last Newsletter (3/5/19):

 

VCAL can be another option for students.  VCAL is a course that allows for more applied or experiential learning in areas such as Work Related Skills, Numeracy, Literacy and Personal Development.  

VCAL is seen by some students and their families as as a viable and worthwhile course of study.  Many schools currently offer VCAL to their Senior School students as an alternative to the more academic course being the VCE. 

 

I again invite students and families to contribute to our discussions by sharing any ideas or feedback that they may have about a proposed VCAL Program for our school with the General Office.

Monash Tech Schools Program

We continue to work in partnership with the Monash Tech Schools Program in 2019.  

 

The Monash Tech Schools 'gives students the skills to succeed in the jobs tomorrow. We develop hands-on learning programs that provide real-world experiences.  Our programs bring together design thinking, prototyping skills and product delivery that allows students to build their technical and interpersonal skills. Each program incorporates industry, tertiary and research know-how and engages our partner school teachers in professional learning (from the Monash Tech Schools Website, May, 2019).'

 

We now have a number of year levels involved in the Program.  Students travel to the Monash Tech School campus to engage in STEM learning that aims to further develop their skills in this important area of their learning.  The activities and equipment provided to our students as part of their learning can improve student engagement and interest in so much that is STEM. 'Currently three-quarters of occupations require sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills (from the Monash Tech Schools Website, May, 2019), so our ongoing and successful partnership with the Program is critical to our students.  Our Year 8 students are involved with the Monash Tech School Program later this month.

Mid Year Assessments, 2019

Coming up over the next few weeks will be our Mid Year Assessments with staff preparing students accordingly.  For example, at this time of the year our Year 10 and 11 students will be having exams, whilst our Year 12 students will be involved in other forms of assessment.  We encourage our families to continue to support their children as we move towards this significant time of the year.

Value of the Week - Creativity

We had Dance Week recently with a number of students from across many year levels participating in a number of workshops with trained instructors.  Our students really enjoyed the experience allowing them the opportunity to express their creative talents.

And Finally..........

Please be reminded that our College has partnered with Bunnings (Notting Hill Store) for a fundraising opportunity on Saturday 8th of June. 

The WHSC Parents and Friends Committee is again calling on families to volunteer on the day to help out with a Sausage Sizzle at the venue.   

This is a great fundraising opportunity for the College so if you can help (eg a 2 hour time slot) on the day, please contact the General Office,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Smith

Principal

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The test that shall not be named . . .

Did we lose you already?

 

We said the word TEST.

 

Why? Why did we need to do that?

 

Not only did we say test, but we said ‘The test that shall not be named . . . ‘

Even worse!!!

 

No one wanted to bring it up but we’re going to. We’re bold like that. We had a few tests this week at school and it rhymes with ‘Map-land’ or it is synonymous to a ‘Tired Idea.’ Hahahaha. That one is funny because it embodies a lot of people’s thoughts to the test that shall not be named . . .

A Tired Idea. We get it. It’s controversial. It’s ONE DAY (technically more than one day but shhhh). It depends on how you are feeling on that day. For example, today, If we (Judy and Claire) did the test today, we would soon be sitting in Aaron’s office trying to convince him that we do know a little about education and we are the right people for this job.

In our job, we find ourselves talking and thinking about the Map-land every day. Some mornings we wake up and gasp ‘WHHHHHYYYYY? Why have this test?!’ Other mornings we wake up and think ‘YES!! Let’s do this!’

 

This article is not going to be filled with quotes from scholar’s passionately defaming or robustly pontificating the test that shall not be named importance. You may already have an opinion, and/or you can read what is out there and you can make up your own mind. We are just going to offer you thoughts from a teacher’s/parent’s perspective.

 

The data schools receive is extremely useful. It’s our job to go through it and find ways to improve our curriculum and student outcomes. If we didn’t have this standardised test and its data, it would be a huge struggle to pin point areas where our students are excelling or need more support and where the individual can have the opportunity to hone in on a particular skill. We would have to come up with other ways to do it, and in the end, what would be the outcome . . . ummmmm . . . a test? an assessment?

 

We’ve only got a certain amount of words to play with in this news article here and we’ve taken up a lot of it with humour so as to avoid saying anything too controversial. However, as a parents, we would like to know the specifics of how we can support our children in their education. We look forward to seeing the results of their Tired Idea. Just so we can see an answer to the question ‘What can I do for my children?’

 

We have all seen athletes and sports people share success stories and heartbreaks. We’ve seen the utter devastation or the amazing elation. I don’t think the athletes were thinking ‘I won, but remember, it was only an indicator of how I was feeling that day!’ or ‘I lost, and all the years and years of training came down to the fact that the race was on my least favourite day.’

 

In VCE we see our students take away terrific grades or take a hard hit to their ATAR. We don’t have our University’s saying ‘You didn’t make the score we require for you to enter the course, but we think, if you sat the End of Year exam on the Tuesday instead of the Monday you would have killed it. Welcome.’

 

In job interviews we need to prepare ourselves for possible questions and be creative and persuasive with our answers. Because, guess what? The panel is going to judge us on a few words we wrote on our CV and Selection Criteria but also, they will judge our responses On. The. Day.

 

All of the above examples are from participants who have prepared for the test, race, game or interview. Map-land is different, our students don’t prepare for this?

 

Don’t they?

Really?

We’re confused.

 

Do they not write at school? Do they not learn about subject specific vocabulary in their subjects and learn about specific ways to structure a certain Text Type or attack a difficult mathematical problem? Hmmmm.

 

It’s life. It’s hard and it challenges us. To learn and improve we must sit out of that comfort zone and feel the emotions that confront us.

 

We must MAP-LAND.

Let's All Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses.

With the busy nature of the daily grind and the ever increasing demands that are continually placed upon all of us, it is important that to be effective parents, students and educators, that we don’t forget to put the time into the little things that help shape who we are.

Research suggests that we can support our children to develop into resilient, confident, contributing members of society through nurturing the connections that we have with one another and a key way of achieving this is by making the time to reconnect with children after periods of time apart from each other.

One way of reconnecting is through questioning. I am sure we have all experienced the short dialogue of “how was school today?” with the response of “good” or “ok”. In an attempt to create more sustained conversations, with the aim of furthering our connections, one option could be to try some open ended questions such as, “How” and “Why” questions. These types of questions get children talking because they open the door to more than just one-word answers. As parents and 

educators, these questions could form part of our daily routine whether it be at school or at home.

Why not try some of these conversation starters:

Questions for teenagers about themselves

  1. What are you excited about right now?
  2. What was your first thought when you woke up today?
  3. What do you want to accomplish by your next birthday?
  4. If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?
  5. What’s the best thing about your life?
  6. What’s a small thing that makes you feel happy?
  7. What’s something you want to do, but you can’t yet?
  8. What makes you feel loved?
  9. What will you be doing in 10 years?
  10. If you could only eat one food for an entire year, what would you choose?
  11. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  12. What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you and why?
  13. What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you and why?
  14. What are you most proud of and why?
  15. Which rule do you have to follow that doesn’t make sense?
  16. If you could pack anything in your lunch tomorrow, what would it be?
  17. What makes you feel special?
  18. If you had to choose only three words to describe yourself, what would you say?
  19. If you were invisible, where would you go and what would you do?
  20. What do you worry about the most?
  21. What’s something you’re looking forward to?
  22. When do you feel happiest?
  23. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far?
  24. What’s your favourite joke?
  25. What is one thing you want to learn how to do?
  26. If you could stay up all night, what would you do?

Questions for teenagers about family and friends

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?
  2. What’s something nice someone said to you lately and how did that make you feel?
  3. Who understands you the best?
  4. If you could change one family rule, what would you change?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends?
  6. If you could switch places with one person for a day, who would it be and why?
  7. What’s something you did to help someone today?
  8. What do you get to do at someone else’s house that you wish you could do at ours?
  9. What advice would you give to a younger sister or brother?
  10. What’s the smartest thing you heard somebody say today?
  11. Who made you smile today and why?
  12. What’s your favourite family tradition? Why?
  13. What’s the funniest thing somebody did or said today?
  14. What was the last time someone was mad at you and how did you manage that?
  15. If we didn’t have to go to school or work on Monday, what would you want to do all day?
  16. Has someone ever asked you to do something you didn’t want to do?
  17. What’s the most important thing for a parent to do?

 

Questions for teenagers about the world

  1. Twenty years from now, where do you think you’ll live?
  2. What’s the biggest problem in our world?
  3. If you could give everybody in the world one piece of advice, what would you say?
  4. If you could create one law that everybody on Earth had to follow, what would it be?
  5. If you could learn any language, what would you learn?
  6. What will the world be like in 10 years? What will be the same? What will be different?
  7. If you could live in another country for one year, where would you live? 

Source: Adapted from Happy you Happy Family

 

 

Privacy Awareness Week 2019 12 - 18 May.

What happens to the information I post on social networking sites?

The information you share online may be permanently recorded. Even when you deactivate your account, the information you shared may remain in archived or old versions of websites, or in comments you’ve made on other people’s pages.

You may not have control over who sees or accesses the personal information you share on social media. The results of over-sharing, or having your posts shared without your consent, can be as varied as personal and professional reputational damage and identity theft. You should always think carefully about the information and content you post about yourself.

Read the privacy policies of the social networking sites you use and choose the privacy settings that best suit your needs.

 

Who is allowed to use the personal information I post on social networking sites?

If the information on your social networking page is publicly available, then anyone can look at it. This means potential employers could look at your page and perhaps base their decisions on what they see there.

Even if you use privacy settings to limit who can see your information, you may not be able to control how people you have permitted to see your information use it. For example, your friends may republish your information to a wider audience than you did.    

 

Source: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner  

 

Judy Anderson and Claire Hanley

Assistant Principals

What's Coming Up Next

May
17th

  • CORE program
  • Dance Fair - Years 7 - 9

21st

  • Studio Arts - Top Arts 

22nd

  • Pinocchio - VCE Drama

23rd

  • Division Cross-Country

24th

  • CORE program

27th

  • GTAC - Unit 3 Biology

29th

  • Year 8 Monash Tech School

30th

  • Elevate - Year 7
  • Year 8 Monash Tech School

31st

  • CORE program
  • Year 8 Monash Tech School

31st

  • Cosi - VCE Theatre Studies
  • Dance Fair 

Robotics And Coding

Year 9 Community Connections – Robotics and Coding

In Robotics and Coding this semester students had to complete projects based on how we can connect to the community through the use of EV3 LEGO Mindstorms. Students completed challenges in learning how to build and code robots to perform tasks and then used these skills to connect to the community through demonstrations at the Wheelers Hills Secondary College open night last term and provided coding activities to a group of Jells Park Primary school students last week.

Open night projects

For these projects students demonstrated dancing robots and also a robot which delivered a treat.

 

Primary school projects

Hi, my name is Aarav.

I want to talk about one of my elective – robotics and coding. Half of the other students in my class and myself were assigned to teach students in Year 6 from Jells Park Primary on how to program a robot. We were told to work in pairs and in total, there were four groups that were going to teach the kids. I was paired up with Sean O’Callaghan, and together we taught a group of four kids on how to program a robot into moving an object. Unfortunately, we ran into a minor problem. In the end, we managed to overcome it together. At the beginning of the session, we gave them a word search to get familiar with some of the words. Then, we showed them a PowerPoint presentation. While I was teaching the kids about the program and showing them how to make their own, Sean was teaching them how to build the extension, which in this case was an arm to move the object. Before we presented to the kids, we were told to create a presentation for them. We were all given about five weeks to create this presentation, organise the way we were going to teach them and other things we would like to add in our presentation such as the word search. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience of teaching students how to code a robot.

 

Kim Hewlett

STEM Learning Specialist

 

Literacy

Don't get triggered, Life's Lit!

 

 

Times have changed.

 

My son is 9 years old. He is in Grade 3.

 

And for three/four years now he has been writing in a mysterious cryptic code that I don’t understand.

 

I think he is planning something big and I don’t know what it is. To make matters worse he is writing this at school. I’m worried, as this might be the first step of developing a new language where he takes over the world for his own evil purposes.

 

And God help us all if he succeeds.

 

They say serial killers start by killing small animals like ants and mice. With my son, he is starting small, and applying this creepy code to his spelling words. Look at this image from his Grade 2 spelling workbook:

 

 

 

You see? You see my point! What is this code???

 

Maybe world domination and serial killer analogies is a bit over the top. Perhaps a little bit of jest, just to get your attention.

 

So, let’s make this clear. What is in the image is great. It’s really exciting.

 

I have great conversations with my 9 year-old-son about his spelling and use of phonograms. As we speak, he enquires about new words he hasn’t heard of before. As we watch television he’ll ask about a word that has popped up on an advertisement and then explains why the word ends with an ‘e’ to create the second sound of ‘a’. This phonogram code has really started to deliver results in his spelling, and he is well on the way to becoming a highly competent and literate lifelong learner.

 

I hope that if my son is confronted by something academically challenging in the future, he will hopefully learn about it and understand it before he dismisses it completely.

 

It reminds me of one of my favourite moments in The 40 Year old Virgin delivered by Kevin Hart in his wonderful cameo. As a disgruntled customer, he is wanting a better price for the speakers he wants to purchase.

 

The shop assistant ignores the ridiculous suggestion that the 5-year extended warranty will be on ‘the house’ and says:

 

‘Now you’re being condescending. You’ve been warned alright, now let’s move on amicably.’

 

Kevin Hart retorts:

 

‘Check this out. First of all, you’re throwing too many big words at me, and because I don’t understand them, I’m going to take them as disrespect. Watch your mouth. And help me with the sale.’

 

As you can imagine from the tone, an argument escalates. With my son’s exemplary work in literacy so far, I hope I don’t need to worry about him being told to ‘watch his mouth’ for using too many big words!

 

As a parent, I love the way my son comes home and shows me his homework and class work. But I really appreciate seeing the foreign tasks like phonograms, where he gets to explain his learning.

 

And here comes the lesson part of the article!

 

What is your child doing at school?

 

They don’t come home with homework? That’s okay. Create a system.

 

Monday – English Workbook

Tuesday – Maths Workbook

Wednesday – Science Discussion

Thursday – Drama Discussion

Friday – What skills did you learn in Physical Education?

 

Don’t wait for it to come. Be proactive and start having conversations. Why does it stop at Primary School? Be involved. I don’t remember learning what my son is learning in Primary School, because things have changed. School is not the same as we remember it. Just because you have been to school doesn’t mean you know what happens in class. I have been into an operating room, but I don’t know how to be a doctor.

 

Be present and in the moment. And watch your mouth.

 

Claire Hanley

Literacy Learning Specialist

 

 

Numeracy

Numeracy in Maths

This week we are going to a more obvious use of Numeracy – in a Mathematics subject. The Year 9 students completed a CAT which asked them to complete various tasks involving Numeracy.

 

Some of the tasks on the Year 9 Problem Solving CAT were:

  • Naming all the shapes involved in a game of basketball
  • Estimating the length, width and area of a basketball court
  • Estimating the height of the basketball ring
  • Calculating the difference between a person’s specified height and the basketball ring
  • Calculating the length of a basketball match with time outs, fouls and injury breaks
  • Measuring the distances of the length, width, semicircle of the 3 point line, measuring the circumference of the center circle
  • From the measured distances, students apply the area formulas to calculate specified areas
  • Then there were advanced questions involving movements around the court and calculations, surface area and volume questions.

 

Yeneo Pousoulis took us into his outdoor classroom to observe students using trundle wheels to measure some of the required distances specified on the CAT.

 

Wheelers Hill wants to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills students need for the 21st century workplace. Some CAT’s will involve students recalling information to apply in a test style format, and other CAT’s will be low floor, high ceiling tasks that will ask students to use a range of problem solving and reasoning skills and move through the task in difficulty to their highest level. These tasks are important to develop our student’s thinking skills and develop resilient learners.

 

Michelle Galli

Numeracy Learning Specialist

Sport

EMR Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following students who represented Wheelers Hill SC at the EMR Swimming Championships.  These students had previously won their respective events at Monash Division level, which was a wonderful achievement.

 

Brady Thomassen           Silver Medal        14Yr 50 Backstroke         32.95

                                                4th place               14Yr 50 Freestyle             29.32

                                                4th place               15Yr 200 Indiv Medley   2.39.20

                                                5th place               14Yr 50 Butterfly              32.53                                    

Issy Jones                           6th place               20Yr 200 Freestyle          3.08.16

Kara O’Gorman                7th place               15Yr 200 Fresstyle           3.15.70

                                                8th place               14Yr 50 Freestyle             37.05

Jasmine Poole                  5th place               14Yr 50 Breaststroke      43.60

                                                8th place               14Yr 50 Backstroke         43.48

 

We would like to recognise Issy Jones (Year 12) for 6 years of outstanding performances and leadership of the College Swimming and Diving team. During her time at Wheelers Hill, Issy has broken numerous College and Monash Division Swimming records. She has won age group champion at both school and division level and regularly represented the College at EMR Championships. Issy has helped coach and encourage many Wheelers Hill swimmers. We will miss her enthusiasm and support and wish her the very best for her future beyond Year 12.

EMR and State Diving Championships

Eight students represented Wheelers Hill SC at the SSV Regional Diving Competition. These students actively participated in diving clinics and took the opportunity to get some feedback/advice from current diving coaches.

Max Penprase                   13-14Yr                 Bronze Medal

Jasmine Hamilton          13-14Yr                 5th place

Kara O’Gorman                 13-14Yr                10th place

Jackson Steele                  15-16Yr                Silver Medal

Brandon Nguyen              15-16Yr                 Bronze Medal

Morgan Okos                     15-16Yr                  5th place

Lani Himbury                     15-16Yr                 6th place

Nicola Himbury                 15-16Yr                7th place

              

The SSV State Diving Championships were held later in the day. The students competed exceptionally well and achieved outstanding results.

Max Penprase                   13-14Yr                 4th place

Jackson Steele                 15-16Yr                 4th place

Brandon Nguyen             15-16Yr                 5th place

Nicola Himbury                15-16Yr                9th place

Lani Himbury                    15-16Yr                 10th place

Morgan Okos                     15-16Yr                 11th place

 

Kerrie Lay & Sally Pryde  

Sport Coordinators

Performing Arts

Production Update! 

Rehearsals are well and truly coming along! Ms Novak has been choreographing furiously before she goes on maternity leave,  so the theatre has been a non-stop flurry of jazz hands, box steps and Fosse-formations! Dancing with canes? Oh yes. What about streamers? It's in there! Plenty of umbrellas? You betcha! 

The Design team are working hard on key props and costume items. Art Club are working on the set and IKEA better offer us a sponsorship deal soon...! 

If you want to be involved in the wonderful whole school project, you can sign up for Stage Crew! Make sure your child has completed the Online Stage Crew Form by Monday 20th May, by 4:00pm! 

 

 

Congratulations - Student Showcases!

The last weekend saw a collection of student work showcased for the community in our theatre! Drama and Music students performed their major assessment tasks for the semester. A highlights reel is in the works... so stay tuned!

Dance Day 2019

A special event on the school calendar for the passionate dancers amongst the students - Dance Day saw students from all year levels working with professional dance artists from a variety of styles! Congratulations to all students involved in this wonderful event! 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School Report

Middle School News

 

The Middle School has been very busy in the last two weeks and have had to face new challenges.

The Year 7 and 9 Students sat their NAPLAN with the new conditions of computers. I would like to say well done to all the students for sitting the NAPLAN, respecting the rules and doing the best that they can do.

I would also like to thank Mr Paul McGlynn and his team of teachers and staff for their tireless work behind the scenes so that it ran efficiently. There were teething problems a couple of weeks ago in the practice session but these issues were sorted so that the students didn’t have extra things to stress about on the day.

 

The Year 8 students have also been busy. They had the opportunity to attend their Elevate session looking at extra skills and techniques that they can use to help them study and revise. Even though the sessions go for one hour they are jammed pack with ideas that are worthwhile to hear.

In the near future you will notice that there will be a Home group Learning Task for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students. This task will be visible to all parents. The students will be asked to think about their Learning Goals in English, Maths and a General area. This will be completed in Home-group. Many of you attended the parent/teacher/student conferences and heard some ideas on how your child can improve in the subject areas. With this knowledge, once the task has been completed, please have a chat about what your child has decided to put down and think about how you can support them at home with the task. We have put this in place as an initiative so that students reflect on their own learning and where they can improve throughout the Term. The students will be able to look at and reflect throughout the Term, teachers will also have access to help the student in their area.

 

Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School

SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE

It is hard to believe, but we are nearly half way through Term 2 already. The first month of the term has been busy, but the remainder will be even more so.

 

EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT PERIODS

The next few weeks are destined to be very busy weeks for the Senior School. SACs are still being completed and examinations are rapidly approaching.

  • Year 11 exams commence in the VCE Centre on Monday June 3rd and continue for the whole week.
  • The following week, beginning on 11th June, both Year 12 and Year 10 students will be completing their end of semester assessments. Year 12 exams will be in the VCE Centre, and Year 10 in E block.
  • Please note that all students who are completing a Unit 3/4 subject will need to complete the GAT, to be held in the VCE Centre on Wednesday 12th June, from 10:00 am until 1:15 pm.

Students are asked to report to the VCE Centre by 9.30 am.

Exams can be extremely stressful, especially if you have more than one in a short period of time.

Students, here are a few tips to help you

 

Develop a positive attitude

  • Being well prepared will boost your confidence.
  • Believe in yourself and what you know.
  • Avoid negative self-talk and thoughts.

Formulate clear goals

  • Remember your long-term, medium-term and short-term goals and how the exam will help you achieve them.

Plan your study time

  • Make a study timetable.
  • Plan your revision time.
  • Develop effective tools to help you study (flash cards, diagrams, mind maps etc.)

Effective revision

  • It is never too late to start revising.
  • Your goal should be to commit short-term memory to long-term memory.
  • Re-visit, re-read, remember your revision notes that you have made.
  • Write summaries of key points.
  • Cramming does not help long-term memory.

(adapted from Study Success – Deakin University)

We wish all students well for the upcoming assessments.

 

Mrs J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader

Wellbeing

UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY

Anxiety is

More than just feeling stressed or worried. Anxious feelings are a normal reaction to a situation where a person feels under pressure–for example, meeting work dead lines, sitting exams or speaking in front of a group of people. However, for some people the anxious feelings happen for no apparent reason or continue after the stressful event has passed. For a person experiencing anxiety, Anxious feelings can not be brought Under control easily. Anxiety can be a serious condition that makes it hard for a person to cope with daily life.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.  Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get help, the more likely they are to recover.” (Beyond Blue fact Sheet)

 

Howdoyouknowifsomeonehasanxiety?

Whatcausesanxiety?

Typesofanxiety,theirsignsandsymptoms

Treatmentsforanxiety

Howtohelpyourselfifyouhaveanxiety

If you want to know more please read the article below from Beyond Blue. 

Careers 

Year 9 Career Discovery Day 7th May 2019
Morrisby Online Assessment

For the first time, Wheelers Hill Secondary College was proud to offer all Year 9 students the opportunity to undertake the Morrisby Online Assessment. The Morrisby profile is used as a tool to inspire students and give them some guidance with their career planning.

 

Morrisby has been around for over 50 years and assists students with gaining a greater insight into their aptitudes, interests, work styles, preferred work environments and personality. It measures a student’s verbal, numerical and abstract aptitudes. All of this information is then analysed and each student receives their individual profile. Based on responses, each student is provided with a comprehensive list of occupations that they can consider and conduct further research on. Having some idea of the types of careers students might be considering will assist them when choosing electives and senior school subjects. Once students have opened an account with Morrisby, their login is for life, which means that as their interests change, they can re-sit the assessment and obtain further career guidance.

 

Morrisby was delivered in four stages –

 

· Introduction to Morrisby – delivered to students on Monday 6th May

· Morrisby Assessment Day – Tuesday 7th May

· Unpacking Morrisby Profile – delivered to students Friday 10th May

· Individual career interviews will commence Friday 17th May and run over a five-week period

 

After completing and unpacking their individual assessment, students will be scheduled in for a 30-minute career interview with a qualified Careers Consultant. They will be emailed their appointment times and parents are more than welcome to attend. The first lot of career interviews for 21 students, have been scheduled for Friday 17th May. These students have been emailed their appointment time and location within the school. I would like to thank Diane Trevor for coordinator the interview process.

 

As you can see from the above delivery timelines, this has been a huge undertaking by the school and so I would Iike to take this opportunity to thank Aaron Smith for supporting the program and the following staff for their involvement with planning/delivering aspects of the program which has ensured its success – Melissa Robinson, Jacinta Wilson, Paul McGlynn, Tracy White, Peter Niforas, John Cheung, Sharon Sharpe, Cameron Patience, Gary Campbell, Abby Novak, Genelle Lentini, Peter Stone, Anna Anatoudis, Peter Arcaro, Khairi Razaai, Holly Jepson, Kylie Cicolini, Corina Toon, Ryan Joyce. What an amazing TEAM!

 

Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

Community News

2nd Hand Uniform Term 2

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Wheelers Hill Entertainment Book

 

Farman Fruit & Vegetables

When it comes to buying fruit and vegetables, you can find yourself making a choice between freshness, quality and value-for-money.  But who’s to say you can’t have both?

Farman Fruit and Vegetables has kindly supplying the College a box of fresh seasonal fruit on a weekly basis for our College Breakfast Club which the College is extremely grateful for.

Monash Tech School Open Night 

Wednesday 22nd of May

6pm – 8pm

Monash Tech School is hosting a free community Open Night.  Parents, grandparents, students, families and friends are invited to come along to find out how Tech Schools are helping students build the skills and knowledge they need for future careers.

Discover the exciting high-tech, industry-led programs on offer at Monash Tech School, tour the facility, and hear from staff about how the programs are opening students’ eyes to exciting and in-demand careers.

Visitors will explore the Monash Tech School’s brand new facility, and discover the amazing range of technology that students gain experience with when they attend.

To find out more about Victoria’s Tech Schools, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/techschools

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