Exams are almost upon us! All Year 10 and Year 11 students are completing exams in all of their subject areas. Students have been supplied a copy of the exam timetable and should ensure that they are adequately prepared. Regular revision is crucial and we remind students that a recommended 20 hours per week should be completed on revision for all subject areas.
- Year 10 and Year 11 exams will commence Wednesday 7 June
Year 12 students are also reminded of their compulsory English and Maths exams on Friday 16 June. This will give them an opportunity to experience Unit 3&4 exams, prior to their VCAA exams at the end of the year.
Session 1 – English Exam – 2 hours writing, with 15 minutes reading time
Start: 9.15am; students should be at venue at least 15 minutes in advance
Venue: Room: 106-107
Session 2 – Math Methods/Further Maths exam – 2 hours writing, with 15 minutes reading time
- Note: students will complete the exam specific to their Maths study
Start: 12.30pm; students should be at venue at least 15 minutes in advance
Venue: Room: 106-107
At this time, it is perfectly normal for students to stress about their exams; in fact, as exams are important, students should be a little bit stressed. However, this stress should not be paralysing and affecting their ability to focus and complete set tasks. Below are some tips from Andrew Fuller about managing stress and anxiety at this time. We also encourage students to speak to their teachers, as well as members of the Senior School team and Wellbeing about their stress levels and managing their work.
We wish all students well in their exams – study hard!
Preparing for tests and exams – Andrew Fuller Exam Preparation Tips - October 31 2016
If you have ever looked at a test or exam paper and thought, “I know that I know this but I can't remember anything”, if you have stayed awake in the middle of the night worrying about a test the next day, if you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach or a headache whenever you think of an coming test, here are a few ideas for you.
Everybody gets stressed.
Everyone gets stressed during tests and exams, even the people who say that they don't. Look around in a room where people are doing a test or exam. Even those people who are yawning, looking bored or stretching and looking as cool as cucumbers, are stressed. That means everyone has to learn how to cope with these feelings. It is not just you! Stress can block your memory, give you a queasy tummy, make you lie awake at night, give you a dry throat or a headache- these aren’t nice feelings to have.
The first strategy to dealing with stress is to get stressed. Huh? Makes no sense? Let me explain. Stress feels yucky but it is actually your body’s way to getting ready to take on a challenge. Stress prepares you to perform at your best. Blood gets pumped to your arms and legs, your heart speeds up, and nonessential services like your digestion slow down- you are ready to take on the world. So stress might feel unpleasant but realising that it is your body’s way of revving you up and helping you to perform at your best, will help you to keep these feelings in perspective.
Write Out Your Worries
The second strategy to deal with the stress of an upcoming test or exam is to grab a piece of paper one or two days before the test and write down all your concerns about it. Write out an answer to the question, “What would happen if I fail this test?” Then write out an answer to the next question, “If I did fail what would happen then?” Read your written answers aloud to yourself. Even if doing well on this test or exam is really, really important to you, knowing your fears will calm you. Knowing the answer to the question, “If I did fail, what would happen then?” helps you to make a back up plan.
Ok you’ve done all of that and you still feel nervy. The third strategy is to eat or chew on something either before or during the test or exam. Check with your teacher that chewing something is allowed in test and exam rooms. If chewing is not allowed, at least chew something just before entering the test. Some jellybeans or fruit would be ideal. Chewing gum is not a good idea. Stress happens when we feel we are in a dangerous situation. It is an automatic process that we can’t completely control. Eating or chewing on something sends a signal to your body that says, “Well, if I’m chewing something I can't be in total danger, so relax a bit.”
Focus on now
Stress can spin your head. It can have you thinking all sorts of weird ideas. Stress can have you remembering that time you failed all those years ago or that time you were so embarrassed by something. Stress can also blow things out of all proportion and have you predicting bad things in your future. The past is no longer with you and the future hasn’t happened yet. Worrying has never changed anything in the past and predictions about the future are usually wrong. Doing well on a test or exam means you need to focus on the question in front of you now. Keep reminding yourself, “What do I need to do right now?”
Breathe Out - S L O W L Y
When you feel stressed one of the fastest ways to calm down is to breathe out slowly. We all have a calm down system that is controlled by our breathing. If you breathe out and count silently to yourself, “one thousand, two thousand, three thousand”, you will start to feel calmer.
Stand tall walk proud
Your brain is incredibly intelligent. In fact, you possess at the top your neck, humanity’s latest upgrade- the most intelligent brain in all of history. But! Your brain is also incredibly stupid. It believes what you tell it. This means if you stand-up and maintain a powerful posture your body sends a signal to your brain that tells it you are feeling in charge of things and it can reduce the stress hormones.
Remember the 5 Ps
There is an old saying, “Perfect preparation predicts powerful performance”. The best way to prepare for a test or exam is to: study the whole area you have learned; test yourself; sort the areas into those that you answered correctly and those you did not; re-study the areas you answered incorrectly; re-test yourself; re-study until you are getting close to 100% right; test yourself on the entire topic.
Look after yourself
Breakfast- eat “brain food” the morning before a test or exam. Have a higher protein, lower carbohydrate mix at breakfast. That means less toast and more eggs. Drink water- water lowers your levels of cortisol that causes stressful feelings. Avoid energy drinks as they rev you up and may interfere with your levels of concentration. Sleep well- try to get a good night’s sleep the night before a test or exam. If you are feeling really worried, set an alarm so you can wake up early and do some revision.
Make yourself smarter
The biggest obstacle you face in doing well at a test or exam is not your brain. You have plenty of intelligence. The big issue is your level of anxiety. If you take the time to prepare for the test or exam and use the strategies suggested in this sheet, you will perform at your best.
Keep Calm and Carry On
You have many, many skills that will NOT be assessed by this test. Tests and exams are important, but they are not the big predictors of life success. Do your best and prepare as well as you can but don’t make the mistake of thinking that your score on a test is a measure of your intelligence or predicts your future.
Copyright Andrew Fuller
Year 11 Health and Human Development
Over the past 4-5 weeks years 11 health student have been investigating the world of determinants of health and development. Determinants are things in the world around us that have an impact on our health and or development. Determinants can improve our chance of good health and development (protective factors) such as regular physical activity, or increasing our risk of poor health and development (risk factors) such as social exclusion. These determinants are split into categories, one of which is the physical environment.
As a part of student developing their understanding of the physical environment as a determinant of health students were asked to develop their own communities, known as urban design. They were asked to create a community that aimed to promote the best possible health and development of and individual.
Below is the design of students Christine, Nash, Ben and Olivia. Their community considered aspects such as food security, transport systems, assess to health care and recreational facilities, air and water quality, social inclusion, employment, incidental physical activity, environmental tobacco smoke, housing environment and many more.
Health & Human Development
Legal Studies Court Visit
The Year 11 Legal Studies class were given the opportunity to see the inside of the County and Supreme Court on Monday 15 May. We were lucky enough to witness a trial in both the Supreme and County Courts. They gained valuable knowledge on how a courtroom runs and the different roles within a court. A judge took the time to talk with the students about his career and what were some of the highlights of his career.
Some of the highlights from the students are below:
“Highlight of the court excursion was being able to view how a court process works, in real life.”
“It was fun talking to a real judge and finding out about his life and career.”
“A highlight of the court excursion was to see how courts are run and to see real cases in a courtroom.”
“Being able to view the library which contained 120,000 books dating all the way back to the 1800’s.”
An article from a student on their experience from the day:
“Amid the busy week of school, we had the chance to view the historical Supreme Court and the modern County Court. We had to make our own way to the courts through the trains which was fun with the company of good friends.
The Supreme Court of Victoria was our first destination. We were led by two amazing tour guides and saw the architectural masterpiece of its interior and the intricate detail of its courtrooms. We learned on how the courtrooms work and witnessed a criminal trial unfold. Which was interesting as we saw a barrister argue with a judge and an accused looked uncomfortable, as the prosecutor interrogated him. As a bonus, we even saw the grand law library of the Supreme Court which contained at least 120,000 law books and interesting artifacts.
Then, the County Court of Victoria gave us the opportunity to talk to a judge and ask questions about the legal system of Victoria and the long way of how he became a judge. Here, we also witnessed a criminal case which was fraud that includes a footy player.
Throughout this excursion, we have discovered new things about how does a court trial works. I discovered that people always need to bow to the judge when coming in and out of a courtroom and how crucial it is for the jury to have an impartial and unbiased judgement and the ups and downs of the legal system in Victoria.”