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Secondary News – Term 1, Week 11

07 Apr 2022
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Term 1, Week 11

LENT:

Last Sunday was the 5th Sunday of Lent and it is referred to as Passion Sunday. The central theme of all three readings at Mass is about a merciful God’s steadfast love. The readings remind us that we should not be self-righteous and condemn the lives of others when God is calling them tenderly to conversion. 

The verse before the Gospel from Joel 2: 12 -13 says:

12 Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart;
13 for I am gracious and merciful.

It is a message we all need to keep near our hearts that we have an all-loving God always there for each of us. It also asks us to be compassionate to others and help them also know about God’s love.

Wednesday Morning Mass:

We wish to thank all those students and parents who attended Wednesday morning Mass during Lent and then joined us for breakfast. It has been a wonderful way to prepare for Easter.

Learning:

What’s the most accurate predictor of academic achievement? It’s not socioeconomic status, nor how prestigious the school is that a child attends. The best predictor of student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education.

When parents are engaged in their children’s school lives, students have the home support and knowledge they need to not only finish their assignments, but also develop a lifelong love of learning. The more parents are involved in their children’s education, the better their entire class’s motivation, behaviour, and grades become.

Encouraging parent engagement is more than common courtesy. It’s one of the best ways to create a positive learning environment for every student and to create community.

According to experts, the definition of parent engagement is parents and teachers sharing a responsibility to help their children learn and meet educational goals. Parents commit to prioritizing their child’s educational goals, and teachers commit to listening and providing a space for collaboration with parents.

This is something that we need to work on now that COVID restrictions have been eased.

COVID allowed many parents to see firsthand what is being taught across the various subjects and the time required to assist students to understand the concepts and skills.

Together, parents and teachers, we can motivate our students to work hard, be organised, listen attentively, and aspire to be the best they can be. Let’s see what we can achieve together.

Congratulations:

Over the last week our Yr 12 have completed their Practice exams, Yr 11 and 12 have sat their Minimum Standards exams and Year 7 and 9 have completed their NAPLAN practice exams. The feedback for each of these was that the students were so well-behaved and respectful to the staff organising and supervising and, more importantly, they all were trying their very best to attempt all that was placed before them. 

The Year 12 were very thankful for the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills so far in their courses and they made comments about learning to develop skills in time management and even just having supervisors they do not know looking at them. 

We are impressed with our students trying to develop skills and for them realising that their teachers are trying to assist them.

Evacuation Drills:

This has been postponed until next term due to the oval being far to wet to be able to hold an evacuation drill.

Uniform:

Just a reminder that Winter uniform will commence on Monday, May 9th. All students will need to be in full Winter uniform which includes a blazer for all. Please have these dry-cleaned ready to start on the first day. It is wise to order these now if your child needs a new one.

We also remind everyone that only the blue College jumper for the Juniors and the red College jumper for the Seniors may be worn to school. No undershirts are to be worn or foreign jumpers. The tracksuit jacket may only be worn on Thursdays.

Thank You: 

Finally, we would like to thank everyone for Term 1. It has been difficult at times but it has also shown us how much our students appreciate coming to school and learning. We still have a way to go to ensure every student is working hard but we are definitely on our way.

We especially thank our parents for all your support.

Let’s hope for an even better term for Term 2 with less isolations and COVID and influenza infections. Enjoy the two week break

Final Word

If you have any questions or concerns always, please contact the College.

Remember to check COMPASS, our website and, our Facebook pages for information.

Life is short so why only strive for mediocrity….strive for extraordinary lives.

Debra Ferguson

Secondary Principal

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