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Academic Matters: Term 2 Week 1

News

4 May 2018

Academic Matters: Term 2 Week 1

Academic Matters: Term 2 Week 1

This week I had the pleasure of seeing Year 8 students making their salad bowls as part of the Live Well program.

Many of the students had grown their ingredients in Agriculture, although they had to source some of their ingredients from other places due to the sheep eating some of their produce! The students created a Salad in a Jar menu for Jamu - in Adelaide’s Central Market. The students were extremely proud of what they produced. The next stage of the Live Well program sees the students in PE examining efficient energy systems as a lead up into cross country.

We are one of 21 schools in South Australia conducting NAPLAN testing online from May 15 – 17. Last year we trialled the process and in March this year participated in the national trial. Our systems and processes coped with the increased demand on our school network, and the students adapted to the process extremely well. The online testing allows for ‘tailored testing’ which gives students questions that are more suited to their ability – resulting in better assessment and more precise results.

NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not students have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working, and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement. NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by our teachers about each student’s performance.

The order of the tests is very important for the ‘tailoring’ and must be done in the following order – Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy. The testing schedule is below, if possible please do not schedule any appointments during these times. If you cannot schedule another time, then let us know. Students who are sick there will be an opportunity to do the tests on Friday May 18 please contact Debra Murray dmurray@scotch.sa.edu.au  

On Torrens Park Campus students will be undertaking all of the tests in the Chapel except for Year 7 Reading which will be in the Cottle classrooms.

The following is the schedule for Year 7 and Year 9.

Year 7

Test

Time

Tuesday May 15

Writing

9.20 am until 10.25 am

Tuesday May 15

Reading

1.55 pm until 3.30 pm

Wednesday May 16

Conventions of Language

9.20 am until 10.25 am

Thursday May 17

Numeracy

9.20 am until 10.25 am

 

Year 9

Test

Time

Tuesday May 15

Writing

10.50 am until 12 noon

Tuesday May 15

Reading

1.55 pm until 3.30 pm

Wednesday May 16

Conventions of Language

10.50 am until 12 noon

Thursday May 17

Numeracy

1.55 pm until 3.30 pm

Some reminders for the students are:

  • They need fully charged laptops
  • Headphones are necessary, as there are some audio questions
  • They cannot have mobile phones, calculators, watches with connectivity or dictionaries

 

Study Skills Year 11

On Wednesday May 9 from 3.45 until 4.45pm Elevate Education will be offering a session about study skills. The topic is Memory and Mnemonics and covers the following:

  • How to overcome reliance upon rote learning
  • The role of attention in memory and managing distractions
  • Semantic learning techniques for higher level memorisation

Elevate Education hires University students to deliver messages to the students in a fun and interactive way to get across important messages. The students from Year 7 – 11 had sessions at the beginning of Term 1 and the students feedback was very positive. The students have all been sent the information to register.

The second session will be on Wednesday June 6: Ace Your Exams is about exam preparation, time allocation during exams and tips for managing stress and time pressures. Joining forces with Elevate means that our students have access to material on the site http://au.elevateeducation.com/ which contains videos, study materials and practice questions for exams.

The Year 11 semester exam timetable and Year 10 semester tests have been circulated to students and these can be found in Seqta-Engage.

 

Semester Two choices

I have had many students contact me about changing their subject choices for next semester. Next week students will be reminded about their choices for next semester, I can’t guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all students changes as our timetable grid was based on choices made by students in 2017.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning