Term 2: Information & Updates

It is hard to believe that Term 2 is into its second week already!

Last week I had the good fortune to be travelling with 23 Year 6 students to China on their annual cultural tour and it reminded me of how fortunate students are these days to be offered such a diverse range of educational experiences.

Over the holidays Mrs Thompson,  Mr Linthorne and Mrs Hooper went to New York on the Biennial Commerce tour for Senior students. A fantastic tour by all accounts and diverse learning experience for all.

Mr Bartholomew,  Mrs Sugden and Mrs Clare took a group of Year 12 Geography students to Fraser Island in the later part of the first week of term. This is an annual trip that offers ‘real-life’ support and affirmation to their studies.

Mr Spring along with Mr Piper and Mrs Symonds are currently on Heron Island with Year 12 Marine and Biology students experiencing the marine and wildlife of the area and bringing their school studies to life.

Mr Piper along with our four Heads of House have also recently returned from the Year 11 three day Leadership Camp. This has proven to be a huge success over the past years in preparing our Year 11 students for leadership in both Year 12 and their future lives.

 I would like to thank all the teachers responsible for organising such trips throughout the year and for the extra time and effort involved. Thanks also to their families who have to ‘pull it together’ in their absence, we do appreciate it.

Footloose

 Not long to go now! How wonderful to be a part of the Footloose production along with many other staff,  but lead by the amazing Ms Mackie. This is going to be an outstanding production with some fantastic performances by students and should not be missed. This has it all with singing, dancing, fun and drama.  Again, thanks to the staff who give up their extra time to enable students to have these learning opportunities.

Thank you for the support you have offered your children in running them back and forth to rehearsals, assisting them with learning lines and no doubt some varying moods in the coming Production week as tiredness takes over.

Term 2 Uniform – This information was in the Wavelength at the end of last term but I thought it worth repeating.

Please note the uniform requirements for Term 2.

Students MUST wear formal uniform on Wednesdays (Chapel day). For boys this entails trousers (correct length, so please address this), formal shirt, tie and formal hat. Please note that Senior boys (Year10-12) should purchase the Senior tie, and no longer wear the Junior Tie.

This is also an opportunity to address the length of girl’s skirts. Please ensure that these meet the requirements outlined in the college policy. Girls skirts should be knee length. Both boys trousers and girls skirts can be adjusted through a hemming service offered for a charge at the Uniform Shop.

For all students, blazers must be worn to and from school and for Chapel. For all students the formal College hat must also be worn on Wednesdays.

Normal Uniform rules apply for other days.

Can I ask all parents to ensure that appropriate cold weather jumpers etc are purchased from the Uniform shop before winter temperatures hit so as students are not tempted to wear incorrect uniform items.

Secondary Interviews

Please be aware that Secondary Parent/Teacher Interviews occur in Week 4. Information is available on the College website and though the initial letter sent out by Mrs Weldon during Week 1 of the term.

Assessment Calendars and Tutoring Timetable

Each of the above items have been sent to the students and will be available to parents on the College website and via links in the College Bulletin.

The beginning of each term is an opportune time to address the issue of time management and planning with each student’s respective workload.

 As Teachers we often see the different ways in which our students avoid getting started on a particular task or activity. Simple things like sharpening pencils,  borrowing a ruler, sorting out a desk, asking to go to the toilet or to get a drink. I think that I must roll out the word PROCRASTINATION at least once a term and each time I do, it is followed up with an explanation.

There are always things that need to be done and we don’t always enjoy the fact that we have to do them. It is, in fact, very stressful because the longer we delay it, the closer we get to deadlines and the more demanding the specific job becomes.

It doesn’t have to be school work either. We can all relate to this in some way. I had a couple of metres of soil dumped outside my house on my driveway one morning. We were going out in the afternoon so it had to be moved.

After I had finished moaning about why it had to be moved, why it wasn’t dumped closer to the spot I wanted it, why all my friends and family weren’t there to help, the soil was still there and still had to be moved only now I had an hour less time in which to do it. This job was becoming harder!

You can see what I’m getting at can’t you? Our students have specific deadlines. Initially they appear to be well in the future but as time goes by, other items are added to the list and the job becomes bigger. Students start complaining that it is too hard, they can’t do it, they don’t understand….  Sometimes they are simply looking for a way out. I came across a little saying that we have all probably heard but I like it and it can be applied to a number of situations by a number of different people.

If you think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you like to win but think you can’t, you almost certainly won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out in this world we find,

Success begins with a fellows will, it’s all in a state of mind

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man

But sooner or later the man who wins,

Is the one who thinks he can.

The Nike slogan is a great lesson: Just Do It!

Mr Michael Clapcott

ACTING HEAD OF SECONDARY