Secondary – Studies

Welcome back to all students after the term break and my very best wishes to students for the semester ahead – may they adopt a positive approach and give 100% effort in all the activities in which they are involved so that they make the most of the opportunities provided to them.

Deep Learning – Global Citizenship Service Learning Project

Last Friday, students started investigating their project ideas. It was exciting to see students able to think about being able to contribute to the common good and address global or local challenges.

We look forward to seeing our students’ character, compassion, creativity and global citizenship grow in the coming weeks.

Year 10 Curriculum Evening

Year 10 students and parents attended our first virtual curriculum evening on Wednesday.

During the evening details of the courses of study that may be available in Years 11 and 12 at Bishop Tyrrell were given as well as an overview of the HSC experience. All families can view the presentation given in CALEB > Secondary School > Subject Selection

Year 8 Curriculum Evening

All Year 8 students and their parents will be attending an online curriculum session on Thursday 30th July. During the evening, the program of study for Years 9 and 10 will be explained as well as parents having an opportunity to find out about the elective courses being offered. Parents will be sent an invitation to this evening and students will receive the Y9 2016 Courses of Study booklet early next week.

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.

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.

Tips for Studying Effectively – Training the Brain

  • Draw concept maps that display how key ideas are related to one another. The idea of associating a term unfamiliar to you and trying to link it to something already familiar facilitates the recall of the memory.
  • Write lyrics to a familiar tune using information you need to recall. When you start humming that tune, the tune helps with the retrieval of that information.
  • Don’t just read and rewrite information word for word. That’s one of the most ineffective ways of memorising information.
  • Use headings and colours to organise and structure information. Organising and chunking information into manageable components facilitates learning and recall.
  • Practise exam papers when you feel comfortable with the concepts and information you need. The more you exercise your brain, the more effective the neurological connections become.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal