Secondary – Studies

This week I would like to talk about having a growth mindset. Some people believe that we are born with our “intelligence” and skills and that we can’t change these – a fixed mindset. Others will believe that we can all make progress and that the limits to this aren’t set in stone.

What on earth would make someone a non-learner? Everyone is born with an intense drive to learn. Infants stretch their skills daily. Not just ordinary skills, but the most difficult tasks of a lifetime, like learning to walk and talk. They never decide it is too hard or not worth the effort. Babies don’t worry about making mistakes or humiliating themselves. They walk, they fall and they get up. They just barge forward. What could put an end to this exuberant learning? Something called the fixed mindset.

Carol Dweck is a researcher who has written a lot about mindset and the effect that it has on young learners. This research has shown that some people believe we are born with innate skills and intelligence and that we can’t really extend ourselves beyond these set factors – those with fixed mindsets. Others believe we can go way beyond the levels that many people think we are capable of and our limits are boundary-less.

It is easy to forget that people who are great at what they do may make things look easy, but they had to start somewhere. No one is born with all the talent to succeed. One of the hardest lessons to learn in life is that you are ultimately responsible for the progress you make. It is hard to hear any form of criticism, but more often than not it is said to help you improve and learn.

The idea of a fixed and growth mindset makes you think about how we use praise and how it affects learning. There is a lot here about Carol Dweck’s research into mindset and education –

Online Parent Teacher Interviews
All students and their parents have had the opportunity to attend an online parent-teacher interview online. If you have any feedback on these sessions please send it to me as the College is considering continuing this format of interview if staff and parents are positive about this change.

Year 11 Examinations
The Year 11 Examinations commence on Thursday 20th August and finish on Friday 28th August. All students have received a copy of the examination timetable.

Year 12 Trial Examinations
The Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations commence on Monday 17th August and finish on Monday 31st August. All students have received a copy of the examination timetable.

The Sydney Morning Herald has released an amazing HSC study guide which can be found at: It is broken up into easy to digest chapters and is quite comprehensive.

It is essential that Year 11 and Year 12 students arrive at school at least 15 minutes before the start of their examination. Students should be well into their study and preparation for these examinations.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal