Next week we not only finish the month of May but also enter into our 8th week of the term. This means that there are only two weeks of teaching time before many students commence their exams and other assessments. For our Year 11 and Year 12 students it also means the start of their block exam period. By this stage, the young men should be focussing on preparing for the assessments and exams in front of them. These requirements will vary across the year levels. However, I would encourage all parents to take some time with their son to discuss...
Next week we not only finish the month of May but also enter into our 8th week of the term. This means that there are only two weeks of teaching time before many students commence their exams and other assessments. For our Year 11 and Year 12 students it also means the start of their block exam period. By this stage, the young men should be focussing on preparing for the assessments and exams in front of them. These requirements will vary across the year levels. However, I would encourage all parents to take some time with their son to discuss what work they have ahead of them and to assist them with their organisation and preparation for the assessments. In the case of the Year 11 and 12 students this would include a study timetable that assists them to organise their time during the day to study for exams rather than waste the time that they have been given.
During Tuesday’s assembly we celebrated the participation and successes of a number of our students in the Brisbane North Math Tournament, the Chemical Titration competition and the Brisbane Chess competition. It was not only exciting to see so many young men on the stage during the assembly but also to congratulate them on some great individual and team successes in all three competitions. It certainly reinforces our point that the young men from this College have many opportunities and they make the most of these when given the chance. I would like to thank Mr Ben Greenfield and Mr Troy Schultz (Math); Mrs Lorraine O’Sullivan and Mr Cyril Puel (Chemical Titration) and Mrs Rosemary Butt and Mr Geoff Samuels (Chess) for their time and efforts in preparing the students and organising them to compete. I look forward to many more such assemblies in the future.
On Thursday 9 June, the College Leadership Team will host a forum for parents from the College to discuss the future directions of our student reporting system. A discussion paper will be sent to all parents (electronically) early next week to allow everyone to have the background information for the meeting. It is envisaged that the meeting will start with a short introduction on the topic and then the attendees will break into smaller discussion groups to give feedback to the questions asked on the discussion paper. I mentioned earlier this year that these forums would replace the Parents and Friends Association. Hopefully, we will have a large number of attendees so that we will receive some useful and relevant feedback to assist us in our forward planning around this area.
Last Friday afternoon I attended a Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Principal’s forum. The purpose of the meeting was to keep us informed about the progress of the changes to the senior assessment and tertiary entrance system. This new process will affect students currently in Year 9. This means that this year’s Year 10 cohort is the last group of students across the State that will rely on the OP score and other ranking processes for entrance into tertiary institutions. Whilst there is still much to be done, I have been impressed with how much the QCAA has achieved so far and what inclusion and feedback has been provided for schools. This year we are trialling external assessments for Year 11 Mathematics B, Economics and Graphics. Furthermore many of our staff have been involved in assisting with drafting of syllabuses and feedback groups. It is our intention to be involved in the planning of this new process so that we are well-prepared for its introduction in 2018 (Year 11). We are also very conscious that the current Year 11 and Year 10 cohorts also have to complete the current system. We will also work very hard to ensure that they are also very well prepared and receive their best possible results.
Last Saturday our younger sporting teams competed against St Peter’s Lutheran College at St Peter’s, whilst our older students hosted St Peter’s and some other schools at Curlew Park. Our Chess teams travelled away to St Peter’s on Friday night. Whilst the results were excellent across Football, Chess and Rugby, I was very impressed with the sportsmanship and manner in which our young men hosted St Peter’s. Unfortunately I was unable to get to Indooroopilly to see our younger teams. The purpose of schoolboy sport is not only to compete against others teams doing something that we enjoy, but also use it as an opportunity to meet other students from other schools and to also recognise them for their talents and as fellow competitors. We are fortunate that in the next three weeks we will be playing with all teams at the same venue. This week we all travel to Runcorn to compete against St Laurence’s College and the following week we play Ashgrove at Curlew Park and finish the competitions on Saturday 11 June against St Edmund’s College on our Back to Shorncliffe Day.
On Saturday 4 June, the College Leadership Team would like to host a morning tea for all parents at the ground to come and enjoy a cuppa and some company with us. On the Back to Shorncliffe Day we would like to host a morning tea for the Year 12 parents, as this will be the last time many of them will visit Curlew as parents. This is an opportunity for us to thank you for all of your support and assistance over your time at the College. I hope that many of you can join us on these occasions.