Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
The Mordialloc College Mathematics program continues to go from strength to strength. This term we have seen a variety of opportunities for students to showcase their knowledge and problem solving skills.
SEAL students across all year levels completed the ICAS competition and we are eagerly awaiting the results.
Maths Week had students involved in all sorts of problem solving and games competitions. The highlight was our "Pie for Pi" day that saw students test themselves to remember as many digits of π (3.1415926….) as they could to earn hot pies and pi shaped chocolates as a reward. The champion on the day, Emma from Year 8, earned 6 pies and a pi chocolate by reciting 62 digits of pi correctly.
Last week eight Year 10 students attended an invite only, fun filled yet challenging games day at Melbourne Girls College. The day consisted of three sessions involving problem solving, strategy games and a maths puzzle relay. While our students did not come home with the trophy on the day they were extremely competitive amongst the 30 teams from schools such as Melbourne High, Mac Robertson Girls High, Kew High and University High.
Congratulations to staff and students on the fantastic NAPLAN Numeracy results for this year. While they are a small snapshot of our students’ achievement, they showcase solid growth in their understanding, skill application and reasoning across all topics.
For the wider school community the term has provided a myriad of learning opportunities that led into Year 12 practice exams and Student Led Conferences. Over the course of the last few weeks, students have been preparing for their Student Led Conferences by reflecting on their learning, gathering pieces of work they are most proud of and setting and reflecting on learning goals using radar charts and SWOT. The strong attendance at these conferences this week provided students with the opportunity and forum to discuss with their parents and teachers all the wonderful things they have been able to achieve over the course of the year so far.
The Year 12 Practice Exams have been held this week, providing students with the opportunity to test their knowledge and practise their time management. The exams provide students with feedback on their progress and learning and identifies the areas of review that they can concentrate on over the study break.
As we head in to Term 4 we must be mindful of our school values and ensure we act with integrity and respect
- Respect for our Year 12 students heading into their VCAA exams
- Working with integrity within the wider school community
- Completing our work to our personal best
This will ensure we utilise the last 6 weeks of the 2018 academic year to our full potential and enter Head Start with strong values, knowledge and skills.
Finally, we cannot end the term without holding the famous Mordi Idol competition. Students will strut their stuff on stage performing their comedy skits, entertaining with their music ensembles and being in awe of the talent of their teachers - such a positive way to wrap up a busy term.
Have a safe and relaxing break.
Director of Numeracy and Whole School Mathematics