Welcome back to Term Three. Our students were greeted on their first day with the chilly westerly winds blowing up the hill and through the campus. A timely reminder we are in winter and cooler mornings are forecast.
The students have returned with great enthusiasm and energy after their break from the busy routine of school and are now ready to settle back into their schoolwork.
Yesterday in my Year 11 Academic Coaching class, I asked the students to reflect on their past semester and to take some time to review their academic progress. The students were honest and frank in their personal reflections.
I share with you some of the questions that we used for the review activity. You may find these questions helpful when you sit down with your son to review his Semester One Report in the coming days.
- What went well last semester? In which subjects did I achieve my goals?
- Subject/s results that I am not happy with?
- What areas did I not do well in? What areas do I need to concentrate on for the next six months?
- What help do I need to achieve the results I want?
- What activities do I have during the next six months? -sport/work/cultural/ministry/family commitments?
- What steps can I take to be organised and on time with my work?
- How well am I using the drafting process? Do I allow Mum/Dad to proofread my work?
- What is my engagement in classes like? Do I need to be more engaged and focused in class? How many times do I interact with the teacher?
- How well am I handling procrastination and distractions? Where do I place my mobile phone when working on schoolwork?
- Check your personal health, sleep patterns, exercise, nutrition, water intake, chill out time – quiet spaces.
COVID-19 and College Operations
For most activities that occur within the College we have returned to some sense of normalcy. Classes are in operation; students are active during break times and most of the co-curricular activities are back in preparation.
We will continue to insist on a high level of hygiene for all members of our community and will maintain the position of students, staff and parents staying home if they are presenting with any flu-like symptoms. We certainly do not want a repeat of Learning@Home for our families, students and staff.
Next Wednesday 22 July we will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences via the Zoom platform – video conferencing. Please note this is a pupil free day.
By now parents should have received all the instructions for booking the interviews with staff. Our staff have attended training on the process to be used on this day and information will be provided to parents to guide them through the process. I do not expect any major difficulties with this process.
Please contact the Student Services Officer of each respective school in the first instance if you have any questions about the Parent-Teacher Conferences:
email@example.com – 3394 5692
firstname.lastname@example.org – 3394 5524
email@example.com – 3394 5525
Please note bookings for the Parent-Teacher Conferences will now close at 3pm next Tuesday, 21 July.
Drop-off and Pick-up Zones
Thank you to the many parents who have displayed patience and understanding with the drop-off and pick-up zones. I have been out on Eighth Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to view the traffic flow. Please continue to move up to the end of the zones to allow access behind you when dropping off and picking up. Our students can walk a few metres to the car and should not expect to be dropped off or picked up at the College gate.
We keep in our prayers Mr John Holroyd and his family following the death of John’s mother, Anne last week in England.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Amen
We also keep in our prayers the wider Augustinian community as Deacon Quang Tuyen Pham OSA prepares for his ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday 1 August 2020 in Sydney.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal