Middle School News 10 August 2018

Camps: Two weeks ago our Year 7 and 9 students went on their respective week long school camps. Year 7 went on a trip to Canberra to visit the Nation’s capital with an added highlight of travelling to see the snow. Year 9 experienced an Outdoor Adventure camp. Well documented research has shown that these sort of programs provide the equivalent to an 18% increase in the rate of learning and show that 68% of participants are better off than when they began. We certainly notice the change in growth of students before and after these camps and I’m sure that parents can attest to this (once they have recovered from being a little travel/camp weary).

We posted all the photos in last week’s Eagle but here is the link if you want to look at them again: Year 7 Canberra Trip 2018.

Certificates were handed out last week. Well done to our students who received an:

  • Academic Certificate – this is for students who received an A grade in ½ or more of the subjects studied.
  • Diligence Certificate – for students who gained a ‘V’ (Very Good) for ‘Effort’ in ‘all’ or ‘all but one’ of the subjects studied.

This last certificate is one students can be very proud of as it recognises students who have consistently put in their best efforts across all subjects and throughout the year so far.

Presentation Night

Term 4, Tuesday 6 November, 6.15pm, Caloundra Events Centre

It won’t be long before we begin to organise our Presentation Night and in particular, who will receive awards, more information on this can be found in the Middle and Senior Parent Handbook located on our website. Please remember that it is compulsory for all students to attend this evening and parents are cordially invited. It’s a great night not only of recognition but also a celebration of all that has happened this year so please make a note of the date in your diaries.

Helping your child stay organised and focused

These things are a good reminder to remind or assist your child to retain good homework and study routines for the term ahead. Remembering that ‘The pain of regret is far greater than the pain of self-discipline’. Please email your child’s subject teacher if you want to check in on a query or concern. Or, your child’s PC teacher if there are more general concerns.

Year 7 and 8 Student Led Conferences

  • Tuesday 11 September, 3.10 – 7.45pm

Year 7 and 8 parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child and their respective FUSE/STEM and Pastoral Care teachers in Week 9. At the start of Term 4 there will be a further opportunity to meet with your child’s individual subject teachers at Parent Teacher interviews.

Don’t Lose your Teen in the In-between – Parent Session

  • Tuesday 14 August, 6.30 – 7.30pm, School Theatrette

Raising teenagers can be a journey of fun and adventure but it can also have some big bumps. I would dare to say, even more so these days with the access to a world of information, images and online conversations. Next week on Tuesday we are hosting Kerrie Atherton from Empower Life Solutions who provides a wealth of information and insight on current topics. You can find out more about this organisation and presenter on this link. There is no need to RSVP for this event. All Middle and Senior school parents are invited to attend.

Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School

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