Our Year 7 cohorts just keep on growing with yet another
record for enrolment numbers, cracking the 300 mark in 2019. Despite the larger
group, we are receiving reports that these amazing kids are adapting in to high
school life beautifully. Walking around to classrooms throughout the day, they
are settled, well behaved and their uniform is on point! Thank-you to the
parents and carers for supporting the school during this transition.
A Parent Information Night was held on Tuesday 19 February
for parents/caregivers of Year 7 students. Teachers discussed their
expectations regarding class work, homework and assessment, along with
answering any questions. If you weren’t able to attend the evening, we
encourage you to contact the classroom teacher either by phone or email. If you
feel your child may be having some difficulties settling into high school,
please don’t hesitate to contact the Year 7 team;
This year, Junior Secondary students will continue to be
involved in the High Resolves Program.
This is a global citizenship and leadership program which provides
students with the motivation, skills and confidence they need to begin to
tackle the many complex challenges they face, both in their lives today and as
the leaders of tomorrow.
Year 7: Identity and Purpose
This peak experience addresses the core questions, “Who am
I?” and “Who do I want to become?” Participants develop their sense of collective
identity by exploring why we have so much division in our communities. Students
then learn how to critically analyse the messages they receive that influence
the way they view the world.
Year 8: Just Society
Students become aware that many of the world's population
currently have access to less than what the students consider to be fair.
Students reflect on their own views of what causes inequality and develop an
understanding of how power influences access. Students feel empowered to
respond to injustice with positive actions that help engage others in creating
a more equitable society.
Year 9: Social Progress
Students explore the challenges of addressing collective
action problems. They understand the need to balance self- and collective
interests and short- and long-term interests and the importance of mobilising
others to do the same. They recognise that inclusive leadership means creating
solidarity, not division and getting as many people on board with your vision
Our Year 7 and 9 students will participate in the National
Assessment Program in Week 4, Term 2 on 14, 15 and 16 May. NAPLAN includes four
tests conducted over the three day period: Reading, Language Conventions,
Writing, and Numeracy. As part of the preparation for these tests, students
will participate in practice tests, under strict exam conditions, to help
familiarise themselves with the process of formal testing periods. Students are
also undertaking extra literacy and numeracy sessions during both core and
elective classes. A parent information letter will be in the post for all Year
7 and 9 families, however, further information and test preparation materials
are available to parents on the QCAA website;
Our 2019 Learning Support class lists (LST) have been
finalised. For new students coming in to our Year 7 program, a Language
Exemption form has been posted home (as these students will not be
participating in Chinese). If this can please be filled out and returned to
either the office, through their House Group Teacher, or directly to Mrs Brady
in C-Block staffroom.
HOD Junior Secondary