Thank you to Simon and the leadership team for working even harder than usual over the last 4 school weeks and holiday time. I am back on deck and looking forward to a productive and enjoyable Term 4.
HSC Exams are off to a great start and we wish all Year 12 students and their families the best as they negotiate the challenges of their particular exam schedules. Feedback has been positive so far. Before each exam reveals itself we give a little hope that the specific exam committee responsible has produced a paper designed to determine what students know, rather than what they don’t know. So far so good, and to be fair to BOSTES, NSW HSC exams are characterised by a consistent rigour and high quality. Please give a thought and prayer to our students as they finish this final part of their school education.
Parents: did you attend a school where Term 4 had a gentle wind-down to the holidays? In the School certificate days this was particularly noticeable for Year 10 in some schools. Happy to say those times have gone and Term 4 is seen as a critical preparation time for the learning that is to come in the future. Our tendency to compartmentalise learning into ‘years’ and separate those years with one of the longest school holidays in the education world, leads to a disjointed education for some.
In Term 4, expect teachers to provide meaningful work until the end of the Term and to prepare students for the challenges of the learning to come. Expect students to maintain high standards and contribute their best to each class. Contact me if you believe either of these are not happening. Support a continued connection to learning over the Term and holidays by encouraging reading: a growing vocabulary and growing reading skills maximise academic progress.
All the best for the remainder of the Term!