Welcome to our new parents and students to Middle School. Last week began well with Launchpads and a Parent Information Night along with all the usual ‘start of a new year’ things. If you weren’t able to attend the Parent Information Night you may find it worthwhile to take a look at the PowerPoint here.
Homework was one of the topics covered with the reminder that this is when students extend and consolidate their learning rather than tasks. Parent’s attitude to homework is important as it can really help students value this opportunity to make the most of their learning. However, I would also like to strongly encourage students to work out an afternoon/evening plan that includes some time for homework but also schedules downtime and the other things they enjoy doing. Remember: if you fail to plan you plan to fail.
The Eagle Award has been in place for a year now in Middle School. It is a way to acknowledge students’ consistent and diligent approaches to doing school activities, learning other skills; and, as well, inspiring them to get involved and give back to their school and wider community.
This clip made by Mr Kasselman, the Head of Pastoral Care and Christian Studies, explains more about the Eagle Award. If your child is involved in developing their sporting, artistic or cultural talents, please make sure you let us know so we can record points for these things.
Congratulations to those students who achieved an Academic or Diligence Certificate from their Term 4, 2019 results. If you would like to find out more about these awards, you can read about it here in the Parent Handbook on page 24.
There is a worrying trend for our students to post clips on the application TikTok. This article from expert, Susan McLean is helpful advice on this. Remember to save the date, Thursday evening 26 March, when she will be presenting at the Beerwah Community Hall. This is being widely advertised and is open to all interested public members. Here is a link to more information on Cybersafety solutions and this important topic.
Working with parents is an important key to not only academic success but helping our young people become great men and women. We recognise that our secret weapon is working well with you, the parents! Keep us in the loop and if you have ideas or information you think would be of value, let us know.
Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School