High Notes, Vol 23 No 10, April 08 2022

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From the Principal

Today winds up what has been a very busy term where students, staff and families have had to truly embrace a number of challenges. Many individuals have had to overcome a number of obstacles to complete tasks and pursue their passions, with Oscar Shi a great example of dedication, traveling to Dubai for the World Cadet Fencing Championships this week. Oscar is representing Australia in the Men’s Sabre as a National Cadet Team member, a fantastic achievement! We wish Oscar all the best in this competition.

Closer to home, this week Year 7 students would have received the last of their progress reports in each of their courses. Teachers use these reports to communicate with parents how well their sons are settling into their studies based on all assigned work, whether formally reported on as summative tasks or used as formative tasks in the development of skills application. Each of these reports focuses on areas most important for the context of that course and is a good way for parents to receive a snapshot of their son’s progress.

Parents with any concerns about a specific course can communicate with the classroom teacher on the progress report itself, or reach out to any individual teacher through the front office. Any overall concerns about a student’s progress can be addressed with their Year Adviser so that the school can provide additional support as needed. As a standard practice, Year Advisers are notified of any students not demonstrating sufficient progress by their classroom teachers so that patterns of behaviour can be monitored across the school and followed up when required.

In regards to reporting, early next term we commence examinations and other assessments that will be used as the final piece of data for the Semester 1 Reports for Years 7-11. While students are encouraged to prepare thoroughly for these tasks to give themselves every opportunity for success, it’s important that study routines occur within a balanced schedule for the boys’ overall wellbeing. Allowing time to relax and have fun is essential for adolescents to be able to thrive, along with maintaining some form of physical activity for both mental and physical health. Physical activity, whether playing sport or going for a walk, also allows students to sleep better which has a significant impact on their studies.

It’s therefore important to ensure effective sleep routines are being used by students and minimising the distractions of technology late at night that can prevent sufficient amounts of sleep.

So as we head off to a well-earned break, students are encouraged to prepare thoroughly for their upcoming tasks but to also keep in mind that a balanced lifestyle, with plenty of rest and enjoyable activities will have the most impact on both their academics and wellbeing.
Jamie Kay
Relieving Principal

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