Friday 24 May 2024

Executive Deputy Principal (Learning and Operations)

  • Exam Preparation
  • Professional Learning
  • COVID Safety
  • Exam Preparation
  • Professional Learning
  • COVID Safety

Preparing for Examinations – The 6 Ps of Examination Success:

The College wishes all students involved in the upcoming examinations the very best of luck. Included below are ‘The 6 Ps of Examination Success’ that may be of assistance to families as we work in partnership to support students with their examination preparation. These aim to provide a vehicle to embed the key components of our Charter for Education into study and assessment preparation.

Personal Organisation

  • Check your examination timetable.
  • Do you know which materials you will need for each examination?
  • Set up a place to study at home. Make sure that it is quiet, well lit, comfortable, spacious and different from the place you use for relaxation.

Preparation

  • Make yourself a Study Timetable. Ensure you study for appropriate periods of time, include regular times for breaks and balance study with other hobbies.
  • Complete all revision activities and study your own notes.
  • Create practice examinations/questions for yourself.
  • Ask someone to verbally test you.
  • Pin up facts or notes where you can see them.

Posing Questions

  • Make sure you see your Subject Teachers and/or your Mentor Teacher if you have any queries, questions or concerns.

Personal Wellbeing

  • Look after yourself. Your mind and body are like machines. If you do not look after them they will not work properly.
  • Make sure you:
  • Eat regular healthy meals.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Continue to do leisure activities and socialize (all work and no play can lead to burn out.).
  • Exercise regularly.

Positive Thinking

  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Remember positive thinking leads to positive results.

Punctuality

  • Do you know when your examinations are and their location?
  • Aim to arrive at each examination so that you provide yourself with enough time to settle prior to the commencement of Reading Time.

Professional Learning and Growth:

One of the many vehicles in place to support the implementation of the Ave Maria College Charter for Education is the Staff Professional Learning and Growth Program. This program aims to build the capacity of staff in relation to key components of the College Strategic Plan ensuring best practice research continues to be applied across all learning environments.

The program in operation for 2024 focuses on building teacher capacity in the following areas:

  • Differentiation and Individualised Learning
  • Literacy
  • High Impact Pedagogy
  • Growth Data

In recent sessions staff have worked with expert Glen Pearsall to build their skill set associated with differentiation and the development of learning experiences that cater for students requiring extension, acceleration and enrichment. Complementing this has been the mentoring and coaching of staff in relation to the collection and analysis of academic data to inform learning design and teaching practice. As life long learners, members of College staff aim to continue to refine their practice so that we maximise the growth and engagement of each individual as well as embed the learner attributes from our College Charter for Education.


Schedule of Classes:

Families are reminded that there will be no scheduled classes for students on the following days:

  • Monday 10 June 2024 – King’s Birthday Public Holiday – College Closed.
  • Tuesday 18 June 2024 – Staff Professional Practice Day – No Scheduled Classes (Students involved in the VCAA GAT will be required onsite on this day).

COVID Safety:

To assist families as we move towards winter, included below is another copy of the advice previously circulated regarding COVID Safety.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms:

In instances that students experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, it is recommended that they undergo Rapid Antigen Testing and take the appropriate steps associated with infection control, isolation etc.

Rapid Antigen Testing:

It is recommended that Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are used by students in the following circumstances:

  • If symptoms of COVID-19 infection are present, no matter how mild.
  • If a student is a household or close contact of someone who has COVID-19.
  • If a student is a social contact of someone who has COVID-19.

Rapid Antigen Tests are available via council sites and pharmacies for those who need them.

Testing Positive to COVID-19 – Notifying the College:

The following process is to be activated in circumstances that a student tests positive to COVID-19:

Testing Positive to COVID-19 – Isolation Recommendations:

  • The Department of Health recommends that individuals who report a positive result isolate for a minimum of 5 days and do not attend school until their symptoms have resolved.

Face Masks:

  • Face masks will continue to be available for students who choose to wear them.
  • The Department of Health recommends that face masks be used in the following circumstances:
  • Worn by a person who has COVID-19 for at least 7 days after a positive test when they need to leave home.
  • Worn by a person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 when leaving home.

Infection Prevention and Control:

  • Individuals are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet.
  • Sanitiser Stations continue to remain in operation around the College.

College COVID Safe Plan:

  • The College COVID Safe Plan will continue to remain in operation until further notice.
Mr Dane Calleja
Executive Deputy Principal