HSC Exams are progressing well and we are half way through. Students have generally been excellent with uniform and being prompt to exams.
YEAR 12 2020
Our Year 11 students have transitioned into Year 12 and started their HSC courses. Most students have changed subjects, although a few are still deciding which is fine for all classes except Maths, English and Religion courses. Every student has signed that they have received information regarding Assessment policies – their booklet is on their Year 12 2020 Google classroom page as well as the Assessment Calendar.
I have managed to catch up with most students who had worrisome results from the Year 11 exams and contact parents concerned where required. All students have followed the advice provided by their teachers in regards to what they should be doing for 2020.
Students have been advised to utilise study better, especially as most now have more study periods. This was information presented to them during Transition morning:
The students who do best all state the key is to study continuously...so a little bit each week by revising content.
- use your study periods and lunchtime to do homework first and then assessments
- ask teachers to help you in study
- catch up on missed work - it’s your responsibility
- at home you should be doing on average 2-3 hours per week night which finishes any work not done in class and then additional study such as…..
- study notes of content covered
- watch any related ATOMI videos and make notes to add to the study notes
- locate a past paper and try it...and then submit for feedback
- reading - re-read what you’ve done and look for other information to help clarify this if you don’t understand - you often have multiple texts
- form study groups - keep Wednesday afternoon free
- don’t forget you have Study Samurai at your disposal on your House page.
Any student who is misusing study will have this reallocated to a classroom (this includes not following the instruction of library staff in regards to their phones). ATOMI will start to be rolled over for them next week as the classes settle.
I have recently popped out Electives for 2020 – students may still request changes which is happening slowly. I appreciate their patience.
Wishing you all a great term 4.
SHARON HIBBERT | Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
Welcome to Term 4. This term we welcome back Mrs. McInerney and Mrs. McGrath, both have returned after adding to the graduating class of 2037. Mrs McInerney returns to her role of Director of Students and we thank Mr Miller for acting in the role for two terms. Mrs McGrath by working on Wellbeing projects for term 4 and will return as the McAuley House Leader in 2020. Most students have returned in their Summer uniforms well presented. Boys are reminded to have their shirts tucked in and girls that their skirt should be just above the knee.
Wellbeing Concern: Over the past 2 weeks the College has become aware of in a dangerous fad that’s is appearing on social media. They call the game “ the hyperventilation challenge”, “the pass-out challenge,” or simply “the choking game.” This is, essentially, where teens reduce their air intake by breathing out whilst standing against a wall and then have a friend push against their chest to remove the remaining air to the point of unconsciousness and fainting. —The goal is to get a euphoric high and Internet fame by having it filmed and posted on social media. The dangers of this practice are apparent and there have been reported cases of brain damage and even deaths. Please have a conversation with your child about the dangers of this dangerous fad.
If students are found to be doing this at the College their parents will be contacted and ask to collect them.
If you have any concerns about cyber safety, social media concerns or any online concerns I recommend that you visit the eSafetyCommissioner website. www.esafety.gov.au
Movember: Hennessy College will again be taking part in Movember. Staff and Year 12 boys have been invited to participate. While we hope to raise some funds, raising awareness of men’s health issue is the greater goal. More details to follow.
As always if you have any concerns please feel free to contact myself or any member of the Wellbeing Team.
In week one of this term, debating teams travelled to St Raphael’s Cowra and Red Bend College Forbes to compete in the Western Region Catholic Schools’ Debating Competition. Hennessy had competitors in Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 and many new students joined teams which was great to see. Mrs Tyrrell and Mrs Duff are continually expounding the many virtues and skills of debating!
Amelia Leitner-Ford, Chelsea Cleverdon and Sarah Dillon representing Year 9 and Bridie Minehan, Shannon O’Brien and Harrison Cleverdon won all three of their debates on the day so now compete in the finals in Sydney on November 15th.
It is worth noting that this Year 11 team in various compositions, Bridie the constant, have made it to Sydney each year since year 7 which is remarkable. We wish them all the very best for their preparations over the next few weeks.
Last Monday evening, 21st October 2019, the Hospitality department had the absolute pleasure of hosting the newly elected leaders and their families for dinner. They were served an array of hors d'oeuvres, an alternate drop of chicken and beef followed by a decadent chocolate cake.
The night would not have been possible without the assistance of the following students; Rose Irving, Elizabeth Nowlan, Rory O'Brien, Emily Dillon, Azaria Arthur, Aubrey Hector, Lexie Moran, Bree Smith and Ellie Silk. Thank you ladies for all your hard work and helping to create a memorable night for all involved.
Last week 7.4 focussed on the different types of garnishes available for both hot and cold dishes in Food Technology. Such garnishes included edible flowers, wafers, fanned strawberries and of course melted chocolate. It was only fair that they experiment with a variety of garnishes and of course taste test their final presentation.