Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn
Assessment Calendars and The Checklist
All students have been issued with their assessment calendars for the term ahead. I strongly encourage boys and parents to review this together so that everyone is aware of the deadlines for each subject
The Checklist on Moodle outlines all learning for each subject for this term. I again encourage boys to use this checklist as if it was an exam – using pen and paper, answering the skills and then checking work against notes and texts.
This week was our focus on the mentoring of boys on their Term 3 outcomes. Boys have had and will continue to have conversations with their Tutors around their Term 3 results with the view to sustain or improve their outcomes for the term ahead. Hopefully these conversations will be relayed at home.
Year Level Assemblies
To date, year level assemblies have taken place for all year levels. These assemblies acknowledge boys who have made significant improvement and also give an overview of the outcomes from Term 3 for each year level. This information, coupled with strategies offered, should allow boys to reflect on their own practices and outcomes in order to aid further improvement.
Growth Mindset- Grit
One of the areas of educational interest is around the topic of Growth Mindset.
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world renowned Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success - a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
The challenge is for our boys to believe that their efforts will result in their success in whatever venture they choose to pursue.
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Term 3 reports are available on Parent Lounge. These reports show both the result for a subject for the term and the cumulative result across the year to date. With our Celebration of Excellence approaching, the cumulative results will contribute to awards for academic excellence.
It is most encouraging that 424 students, 26 % of the College, will receive awards for academic excellence. This is our highest percentage of recipients to date.