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Academic Matters: Week 7


3 September 2020

Academic Matters: Week 7

Academic Matters: Week 7

We are now heading to the last few weeks for our Year 12 students in getting their final pieces of work together. It’s important that the students ask their teachers for help, get organised and ready for the final exams. 

Wednesday night (September 9) there will be an opportunity for you to talk to teachers of Year 12 examinable subjects. Here teachers will outline the finals few weeks to help support students in preparation for the exams. The night starts at 3.45pm and will be conducted via telephone.

The final Study Skills session through Elevate Education called ‘The Finishing Line’ will be offered on Friday September 11 during house time.  This session will concentrate on overcoming weaknesses in the lead up to exams, the role of exam study groups, stress management techniques and study routines for SWOTVAC and the holidays. 

Flinders University are now offering students in Year 12 an opportunity to submit their Year 11 grades as part of an early conditional offer to start their university studies in their preferred degree. Students will need to successfully complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) (or equivalent) to confirm their admission. Students will need to apply online and can speak to student advisors about courses from Monday 7 September.

Adelaide University have now closed their application process and the students who applied will receive conditional offers in late September.


AI for Good Challenge

The Microsoft AI for Good Challenge is for students to learn the basic concepts of Artificial Intelligence. Ed McInnes (home group teacher in Year 7) has encouraged two teams of students to enter this competition where they use design-thinking to dream up a creative way that AI could be used to make a difference in the world. The challenge is about understanding AI and innovating concepts for how this technology could be used (students don’t need to actually code any AI), so it is a great learning experience. 

Our two teams from Year 7D have made the finals and there were over six hundred teams competing. A fantastic effort all round. 

The final will be on 18 September and we wish ‘Shark Detector Bubbles’ - Eleanor Arundell, Daisy Kempe and Bridget Hooper and ‘BluePrint’ - Blake Taylor, Ken Feng and Jacky Zhang all the very best in the finals.


Year 10 Program in Term 4

Covid-19 has enabled us to relook at our program for students in Term 4 and has allowed us to create a new learning opportunity. We are unable to offer work experience or physical service learning and instead we will develop a comprehensive wellbeing program using ConnectEd (our online presence) and Project Based Learning the students. Students will use their Morrisby results to design a question to explore, they will engage an external mentor and we will provide an online internal mentor. Each student will have the opportunity to gain SACE credit and this will finish in a presentation day on Monday December 7 where students will be able to show what they have learned. 

Students will learn more about this initiative on Friday 11 September.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning

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